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Monday, February 2, 2015

Katy Perry's Halftime Show Was Fucking Insane (and Amazing)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 7:38 AM

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Remember last year's Superbowl halftime show? When Bruno Mars did some dancing and Red Hot Chili Peppers did some flexing? Of course you don't! Because it was so fucking BORING.

Well, last night — just to really hammer home what a difference a year makes — Katy Perry started her 12 minutes of glory by singing "Roar" while riding a gigantic fucking gold animatronic lion. A LION. 

"It's not gonna get better than this," we thought. And we were wrong, because four costume changes later — FOUR — she finished her set by floating around the stadium, at a death-defying height, while strapped to actual fireworks. Boom-boom-boom, indeed!

Suck on that, Chili-Mars!

Now, please understand that we went into watching this year's fancy football break the same way we go into everything: cynical and looking for things to point at and make merciless fun of. But Katy Perry's halftime show was an exercise in masterful showmanship, crazy special effects wizardry (at one point it looked like the entire field tilted up) and doing ridiculous shit that any normal human being would consider impossible to pull off in the middle of a football field. Not only was this thing consistently shitting amazing, it was also, somehow, consistently family-friendly too, which is almost impossible for a female pop star in 2015 to pull off. 

Katy danced with a spooky (but not too spooky) troupe of giant silver chess pieces for "Dark Horse". She danced with an appropriately multicultural bunch of ladies in appropriately tasteful, 1940s pin-up style bikinis. She danced with — wait for it — two cuddly sharks, four (non-deflategated) beach balls, two happy surf boards and eight goddamn palm trees. And the entire spectacle was so fucking insane, we were even able to tolerate the usually-excruciating "California Gurls" and "Teenage Dream". 

Perry's collaborators also killed it. Lenny Kravitz came on early, in a fringed leather jacket and aviators (probably to protect his eyes from all the flame throwers going off around him), sang "I Kissed a Girl" and prompted Katy to get her knees and headbang seductively (but not too seductively). 
 
Missy Elliott showed up later, with a crew of hip-hop-dancing hotties in slinky racing suits, and did "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work It" with Perry, and it was a perfect little storm cloud next to Perry's beach asylum. Then Perry stopped doing awkward white-people dancing, and left Missy alone to do "Lose Control," while Perry slipped into an awards ceremony-worthy silver gown and strapped herself to — you couldn't make it up — a firework-operated shooting-star-shaped hovering-device, to perform "Firework." Yeah. Then she literally shot across the sky, while singing about shooting across the sky.  

Like we said, this thing was fucking insane. Let's just say we don't envy whoever has to do this thing in 2016.

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