Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime
Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale,
Andy Lyons/Getty Images
A Missy Elliott medley, a male-female duet on “I Kissed a Girl”
and a pyrotechnic finale: Katy’s Super Bowl performance had it all.
halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIX, hyped for months and
anticipated by millions, did not disappoint. Taking the University of
Phoenix Stadium field in Glendale, Ariz. halfway through the matchup
between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, Perry plowed
through her plentiful collection of hits with the help of some special
guests, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.
Wearing a flame-adorned dress (all of Perry’s outfits were designed by
Jeremy Scott) and her hair in a black ponytail, Perry kicked off the
Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show perched atop a moving gold tiger, which
strolled spectacularly across the field as the pop superstar performed
“Roar” live. The stage then became a breathing chessboard for “Dark
Horse,” another No. 1 hit from Perry’s latest album, PRISM. Acrobats flipped beside Perry as the stage turned three-dimensional, and the singer welcomed her first guest: Lenny Kravitz.
Flames exploded behind Perry and Kravitz as the pair combined for an
unlikely duet of “I Kissed a Girl.” Very soon after, the stage segued
into a breezy beach setting, with dancing sharks, bopping palm trees and
smiling beach balls helping Perry out with a performance of “Teenage
Another Teenage Dream smash, “California Gurls,” was quickly
performed before Perry brought another guest, Missy Elliott to the
stage; the veteran rapper tore through “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It”
as Perry played hype-woman while wearing a custom Super Bowl 49 jersey.
Perry disappeared briefly as Missy Elliott performed “Lose Control,” and
returned sporting a star-encrusted gown for the finale of “Firework.”
Rising from the middle of the field on a tiny platform, Perry circled
the stadium and waved to the adoring crowd during the climactic
performance. There were glowing orbs on the field, and of course,
fireworks exploding around Perry as she delivered the self-empowerment
anthem. It was a fittingly explosive ending to a fiery performance, one
that serves as a career highlight for the pop superstar.
Here is the set list from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX halftime show:
“I Kissed a Girl” (with Lenny Kravitz)
Missy Elliott medley: “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “Lose Control”
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