Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Was All About Showmanship


She was indeed a firework.

Katy Perry justified the NFL’s trust in her with a dynamic, wild show that traded the technical song-and-dance competence of predecessors like Beyoncé for an emphasis on showmanship. Perry opened her show riding into the stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on a mechanical lion, and closed it by flying above the spectators on a fake platform styled after a shooting star. In between, she danced with pals in shark costumes.

Historically, the halftime show has been an opportunity to prove one’s showmanship; Beyoncé and Madonna, in (respectively) 2013 and 2012, used the most-watched broadcast of the year to run through their catalog hits ambitiously and with aggressive attention to detail. While Perry didn’t miss a step or a note, her act was notable less for its technical prodigiousness than for its sheer humor.

Given Perry’s proclivity for often-tiresome stunts, the idea of a “humorous” Perry halftime…

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