Returning to the Grammys stage for the first time since 2014 — when she served up a bewitching version of her then-fresh single “Dark Horse” — Perry began Sunday’s performance with an intro from Little Big Town crooning the timeless hit “Teenage Dream.”
When Perry appeared, she was clad in a delightfully funky white pantsuit — complete with “PERSIST” armband — and stood against a backdrop of clouds and flowers, singing her brand-new track. A white picket fence rose around her, far too high to climb, but she made like her armband and found a way to break through. Of course, Perry really got people talking when, hand-in-hand with Bob Marley’s grandson Skip, she stood in front of the Constitution:
Chained to the Rhythm – The Grammys 2017 pic.twitter.com/1aEKAA82aw
— Katy Perry Vocals (@KatyPerryVocals) February 13, 2017
Though an official music video for “Chained to the Rhythm” has yet to surface, Perry on Thursday posted a deceptively adorable lyric video in which a human hand prepares a series of tiny meals for a couch-potato hamster. But don’t let the fun, disco-inspired tune fool you; with lyrics about how we’re all “living in a bubble” and “cannot see the trouble,” this isn’t your typical happy-go-lucky Perry jam.
“It’s still a dance song, but all of my songs have meanings,” Perry said during CBS’ red carpet pre-show. “They’ve never been one-dimensional. And I think this song just poses a question in your mind.”
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