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Today’s roundtable topic asks…
How Did Katy Perry Do At The Super Bowl??
For me, the performance was “quintessential Katy”. Enjoyable and wholly inoffensive, but a big ball of basic when looked at for what it is.
The spectacle was mesmerizing and the set-list carefully curated to remind how much of a hit-machine the singer has become.
Yet, none of this could override the air of “just there” that defines Perry as a performer.
For the players on the field, the Super Bowl is deemed the match of all matches, the showcase of the immortals, and the day that competitors bring their definitive A-game. Viewed this way, I didn’t observe anything we haven’t seen from Katy before.
The inclusion of Missy Elliott was both a masterstroke and an arguable mistake; because while it served as a much-needed bolt of electricity to an otherwise unremarkable performance, it reminded the masses of the one thing Katy lacks on stage – star quality.
Again, I must stress that it wasn’t “bad” from a technical standpoint. After all, the production element was awesome and Katy’s pre-recorded vocals were on fleek.
However, when following the trio of titans that are Madonna, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars, there’s a certain level that must be matched or exceeded. Let’s just say Katy didn’t come close.
Personally, I hope organizers for next year’s show place (slightly) less emphasis on who has most Twitter followers and more focus on who can deliver an epic show. For that reason, I’d love to see Jennifer Lopez, Pink, or Lady GaGa in the running.
Was it Beyonce? No. Was it everything it needed to be? Yes!
Expecting Katy Perry to deliver a Super Bowl showing on par with Bruno Mars’ and Beyonce’s set is unfair for more reasons that any of us have time to go into, and so- fully aware of this- I was able to enjoy and kinda sorta love what the ‘Teenage Dreamer’ did last night.
Sure it was a lot a little Disney, but so what?! Katy’s success in the game lies in the lane she’s carved out for herself, dishing up quirky Pop goodness to an audience she can’t afford to lose to Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande.
So, though she gets 0 points for creativity, she gets a 10 out of 10 for me for doing what she’s always done best.
Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX Halftime performance was quite the visual spectacle. In reality, we are talking about “Katy Perry” – as such the performance aspect of the event did not come with high expectations. So, for what I expected, she met and exceeded multiple times.
However, in not giving another pass to mediocrity, her performance left much to be desired. From the Tin-Man inspired dance moves to Mariah Carey-esque backing track on deck, the honest truth is that performance would have been just as entertaining if she were absent.
I am the resident Madonna “stan” and I think I understand now how people felt about her Super Bowl showing [which I still think was epic, by the way]. I say this to highlight the consensus that the visual carried the entire performance so far that the performer herself got lost in it.
It was more than evident that Katy was not lying when she said that she studied Beyonce and Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime shows for her own; because she tried to combine the visual element of Madge’s with the energy of Bey’s. However, after suffering through her popcorn catalogue, it was painstakingly clear why they are who they are and she’s…several tiers below.
So, for Katy Perry, I’m going to give this a C+ for energy, an unexpected hair-whip or two, and staging.
Madonna, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars… Katy Perry…
First of all, let’s say that it was always going to be a challenge for Ms. Perry’s Halftime performance to surpass or match those of said acts. Although three totally different type of artists, the one common trait they share is their “Stage-Blazer” status; which isn’t necessarily something the Hot 100 queen is celebrated for.
Now when trying to bypass the standards which had been set by the aforementioned alongside Prince, Michael and Janet Jackson we are left with a cute, tongue-in-cheek show, filled with #1 records, bright visuals and pleasantly surprising chemistry between the headliner and her guests of choice. Nothing triumphant, nothing disastrous, just a respectable showing.
With that being said, I always felt like there is an “All American” underlining about Katy’s work – her music and image – which was very apparent during the performance, leading me to believe that, in the grand scheme of things, the majority of the viewers thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Side note: After seeing her steal the show during yesterday’s extravaganza, am I the only one who’d like to see Missy Elliott headline her own halftime show?
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