By Jamie Cooley, Staff Writer
Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX Halftime show lived up to expectations with a performance filled with her greatest hits and some special guests.
Perry, as always, kept her originality by entering the field wearing a flame-enhanced dress, singing her 2013 hit “Roar,” while riding the back of a giant, golden tiger set-piece. The stage then became an animated chessboard with dancers dressed as chess pieces for “Dark Horse.”
Next was the performance’s first special guest, Lenny Kravitz . He and Perry began singing Perry’s first hit, “I Kissed a Girl,” with an explosive accompanying pyrotechnics display. Perry kept the song going while Kravitz effortlessly played a guitar solo.
We got a taste of the cutesy side of Katy Perry for “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls.” Smiling beach balls, dancing sharks and moving trees were eye-catching aspects of the beach-themed set.
Following “California Gurls,” the performance’s focus shifted tonight’s second guest, Missy Elliott. Elliott went into her 2001 classic “Get Ur Freak On.” Perry reappears sporting a black and silver jersey to act as hype-woman through Elliot’s “Work It” and “Lose Control.” While a majority of Elliot’s portion was lip-synced, the heavily choreographed numbers were a welcome bit of nostalgia.
As Elliot’s time came to an end, lighted orbs filled the field and Perry went into “Firework.” Perry, wearing a sparkling silver dress covered with stars, ended her performance by flying across the field on a platform as fireworks were released from the stadium.
Watch the performance below:
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