On February 1, Super Bowl season is slated to start in full swing and Katy Perry is gearing up for the world’s most watched concert: the halftime show.
After reports surfaced earlier that the Super Bowl is looking for an artist to pay them a hefty fee to perform, it was speculated that Perry shelled out big bucks just to perform for the event. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Perry made it clear that she didn’t agree with the contract.
“I put my foot down very early in the courtship,” she said. “I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print. I stuck to my position.”
Over 110 million people tuned in during last year’s halftime show when Beyoncé performed a killer line-up of hits with two of her ex-Destiny’s Child pals, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. While Beyoncé is a tough act to follow, Perry is just hoping that her upcoming performance can get people talking about music.
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The halftime show had long been riddled with controversies, from Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction back in 2004 to M.I.A. flashing her middle finger when she hit the stage with Madonna three years ago.
Perry promised to treat the viewers with a 12-minute long performance of her hits. For those familiar with Perry’s work, you can expect to see multiple costume changes, lots of humor, and a whole lot of fun stuff. Perry also promised to treat audiences to at least two distinct “worlds” in one stage.
The NFL was scrutinized over their handling of the Ray Rice incident last year when the Baltimore Ravens star assaulted his then-fiancée inside an elevator. Perry hopes that her female empowered songs and uplifting performance can bring newfound strength to women everywhere who may tune in during the halftime show.