Super Bowl XLIX: Grade Katy Perry's Firework-Filled Halftime Show!

Super Bowl Halftime Show

Baby, you really are a firework.

Pop songstress Katy Perry filled her Super Bowl XLIX halftime show with color, pageantry, whimsy and a too-much-isn’t-enough sensibility that meshed well with one of the most hyped sporting events of the year.

The 12-minute set opened with Perry riding on a giant golden lion across the field, singing “Roar,” followed by “Dark Horse” — performed atop a screen that turned the field into an M.C. Escher-esque chessboard.

Perry was joined for the outing by Lenny Kravitz, whose time spent in the Hunger Games hasn’t dulled his ability to rock out like it’s 1997. He took the lead on Perry’s first hit single, “I Kissed a Girl,” backed by pyrotechnics. (Girl on fire, indeed!)

Hit after hit found its way into the rundown, including “Teenage Dream” (backed by singing sharks and palm trees) and “California Gurls” (did we mention her beach-ball bustier)?

Rapper Missy Elliott shared the spotlight with a brief medley of her hits “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It” and “Lose Control,” with Perry proving a playful backup dancer.

The solid set closed with “Firework,” as Perry circled the arena and actual fireworks launched from the field and the roof of the stadium, and dancers on the field lofted colored balls overhead.

That’s our take! Watch the video below, then scroll down to grade the halftime show and fill the comments with your thoughts on the performance.

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156 Comments
  1. George says:

    Needed more Missy

  2. tina says:

    she stunk

  3. jewlz82ca says:

    That Missy Elliot though! She the real MVP

  4. A. D. says:

    By far one of the best and creative shows in a very long time!

  5. Cameron says:

    Needed more Missy and Lenny.

    • april-ann says:

      It wasn’t their show. It was Katy Perry’s. Katy graciously invited them to appear and they graciously accepted. It never hurts to be seen performing at such an huge event. And based on your comment, which echoes the thoughts of so many, appearing was a very good move on the part of both – needing more of them is what they want to hear.

      • Ram510 says:

        Exactly and she wasn’t even good, the guest outshined the host. She was terrible

        • april-ann says:

          No, she was great. Really, really great. I don’t see how you can say she was terrible unless you just don’t like her for some reason. Because that was an amazing performance. Go Katy!!

        • Cheatersneverprosper says:

          Missy clearly lip-sinced her way through her entire set. Sorry but there’s no way she outdid Katy.

          • Cassandra says:

            They all lip-sync their way through, it’s not anything new. Because there is no time for proper sound checks and the possibility for technical issues, the NFL requires that the music be pre-taped. The fact the Katy was better at it than Missy is probably due to her having plenty of practice at it.

        • Ricky Lee Jones says:

          EXACTLY!

        • Kestebray says:

          Terrible? Where do you get that from? Katy was amazing! She is beautiful, poised, has an amazing voice and a team that produced the best halftime I have ever seen. Are you an entertainer to be making such statements? If so…who are you? Because I would like to see what your performance would look like…

  6. Stephon J.S says:

    The sound issue messed up the performance

  7. Dee Bee says:

    Why would they have a teeny bopper act for a mature adult crowd?

  8. Tran says:

    I give it an A. The ending where Katy sang Firework was freakin’ awesome. Thank goodness there wasn’t a wardrobe malfunction like Janet Jackson nor a blackout like Beyonce but I give kudos to Katy Perry even if I’m going ignore those haters and deflate them.

  9. Kim says:

    Total waste of Lenny Kravitz.

    • Jim says:

      I totally agree. I was hoping for a version of american woman. That would have been awesome.

    • Camille says:

      He could have at least dressed better. Didn’t need him.

      • april-ann says:

        Shredded jeans – not a good look for someone his age. Even worse (for any performer at Super Bowl or anywhere live) was his lip synching. What people don’t know when they say Lenny and Missy “stole” the show is that they were both lip synching and Katy was the only one actually singing. Easy to “steal the show” when you’re lip synching, because you can spend your energy mugging for the camera instead.

        • Nicole says:

          While I loved Katy’s performance, they were all lip syncing

        • ShariaLynn says:

          I wish Katy had lip-synced. Missy was off the hook. Lenny was a question mark- as in why was he there?? Was it worth the 30 seconds. And he looked darn good in thise jeans. Ok so it wasn’t his show but it wasn’t the Chilli Peppers show either and they killed last year- along with Bruno. Over all I was disappointed.

        • Julie says:

          April-ann, we get it: you’re a Katy Perry fan. I like her music too and she’s a great performer. But you’re delusional if you think that the entire set wasn’t pre-taped. She may have been singing with the pre-taped tracks but they were there.

          I liked it but Bruno Mars was pretty fantastic too last year and, blackout or not, Beyoncé killed it 2 years ago.

        • Ricky Lee Jones says:

          Gurl please, u just look so stupid right now. I would just quit before u embarrass urself anymore.

        • Sue says:

          So does that explain why Katy sounded echoy and tin sounding. Could understand a word she was singing.

    • Lisa says:

      I wanted much more Lenny but his parts were the highlight of the show. Does he age? He looked and sounded fabulous!

  10. LADY_in_MD says:

    This was so creative and entertaining the whole way probably one of the best for me at least in a while and I loved Bruno last year but this was better than Beyoncé for me and I love me some queen B

    • Yasin says:

      I don’t know what show you were watching. When Beyoncé was performing you couldn’t take your eyes away from her. Katy Perry was ok at best. When Missy came on, she stole the show and when she went away we missed her. To be honest Katy should have focused on putting on more of a show and chose some of her biggest hits that could have helped put on a spectacle.

      Beyoncé was a lot better.

  11. Amanda says:

    Might have helped if we could hear it!

  12. L says:

    Not good at all..

  13. Jenna says:

    I thought it was great! The performances really fit the venue.

  14. S says:

    My favorite part was Katy Perry riding on the NBC Star Swipe during “Firework” – best product placement by a network ever!!!

  15. Abby says:

    Not sure why Katy felt compelled to add the guests, she would have been fine on her own.

  16. greysfan says:

    Katy Perry OWNED the half time show!!!

  17. j says:

    loved that missy made an appearance!

  18. CM says:

    I’m sure it was live but it looked like it was filmed yesterday.

    Imagine Dragons did a better job at the Canadian championship. Less flash, more substance.

    • trf2003 says:

      Agreed – it really “appeared” to be filmed as far as texture and look. May have been the infamous ‘delay signal’ implemented after Janet J’s fiasco.

  19. JEF says:

    Safe and harmless.

  20. Jill singer says:

    More Lenny KraVitz! Less bad lip synching Missy Elliott!

  21. Lauren says:

    Kenny Kravitz’s brief appearance felt like a waste. But I loved Missy! I just realized I miss her and want her to put out new music. Overall, I was entertained. Fun show.

  22. Ali Tuñón says:

    ThkU #KatyPerry – you hang from a wire like nobody else, your pony tail twirl is wicked awesome and 😉 …you are “Fire Works”🎆🎉🎆🎉👍‼️

  23. mika02 says:

    Missy was the best part!

  24. Delante says:

    Missy was the best part of that! Should have had more Missy!

  25. SnazzyO says:

    Soft vocals but what a full-stadium performance. Well done.

  26. It should be changed to what did you think of Missy Elliot’s half time show

  27. Diane Griego says:

    Same ole PC crap. The 1% continue making fools of the 99%!

  28. excellent show.other half liked it too

  29. Ally says:

    Missy killed it!!! She was the best part of the show. Hallla🎶

  30. april-ann says:

    Spectacular!

  31. Rosany says:

    THE BEST HALF TIME SHOW EVER! YOU CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH KATY, U R AWESOME! LOVED IT!

  32. MattySi. says:

    I thought it was awesome! That lion and part with the chess pieces was fantastic. It was great seeing Lenny kravitz and Missy too.

  33. angela says:

    Katy Perry was Awsome !!!! Loved her performance….She owned it

  34. angela says:

    She was Awsome!!!She owned it

  35. Cass says:

    All the FX stuff made the show great, and the singing sharks, beach balls and palm trees made me way to happy.

    • Kestebray says:

      It was great! I was going to take a bathroom break and was so mesmerized by the show that I stayed and watched the whole thing. I have been talking about it all week… Katy Perry was amazing and her production team is brilliant!

  36. Cammie says:

    Katy knocked it out of the ballpark once again,so sparkly and talented.

  37. Sue says:

    Katy put on the best half time show I have seen in a long time. And Missy was fabulous

  38. Cindy V. says:

    It was ok. I agree with the others that more Missy would’ve been nice. I was surprised at Katy’s lack of ability when it comes to dancing. It just looked awkward when she was performing with Missy.

  39. Heidi says:

    Outstanding!!!!!

  40. Sherry says:

    I loved the half time show. Her special effects were awesome. Way to go Katy!

  41. jaden315 says:

    Amazing! Katy Perry is brilliant and I absolutely loved the entire show. I think the chess set dance was my favorite!

  42. ben says:

    Quite possibly the worst halftime show ever. Amazingly bad.

  43. Lenny was only on for 30 seconds! Boo!

  44. Amber says:

    She only say one song of hers I liked. But she was better than a lot of others from the past.

  45. Mick says:

    A+ for Katy Perry’s art director and set designer, but I don’t find her to be a compelling live performer. And everyone knows that Katy Perry was lip singing too right? Every live performer for the Superbowl does because of the things that can go wrong on the day.

    • e. says:

      Mick, really good points. I was impressed with the lion and the video floor but it felt like an odd performance for a Superbowl no? Like you were watching the halftime show during Saturday morning cartoons?

  46. WILDMAN says:

    good show if you are 14 . Every song she has sounds the same .

    • T says:

      Totally agree. That had no business being a super bowl halftime show. It was cheesy and grating on the ears. I’ll take Bruno Mars show from last year 100 times over this mess.

  47. Phillip says:

    Killed it!🎉

  48. schumi8 says:

    Safe which in my books means boring!!! Didn’t do anything for me!!!

  49. Et Al says:

    She has no talent but the show was very well-produced.

    • april-ann says:

      I’d love to hear Roar and Firework sung by others nominated by those who say she has no talent.

    • sandals says:

      production part AWESOME KATY a waste of money

    • Zilch says:

      I love the stupid comments of anonymous windbags on the Internet, who claim others have no talent, when they probably have trouble, figuring out how to whistle……… Seriously doubt, people would stay to watch them do anything.

      • Kestebray says:

        You are so right! These people could click their feet together worth a penny…yet they are ready to criticize these hard working talent such as Katy Perry, then try to pin them against other talent. Comparing strawberries to kiwis…they are both delicious, but in different ways. Doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Be smart guys! It’s entertainment. Just made for your enjoyment.

  50. Anthony says:

    There was lots of noise and little pizzazz. This is the Superbowl after all and this show was barely worthy of a Vegas lounge act.