And that’s not all — she made a political statement. Clad in a white suit that would make Hillary Clinton proud, she wore an armband reading “Persist” — likely a reference to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was recently silenced in a speech criticizing Jeff Sessions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s justification for the silencing — “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” — became a rallying cry for supporters on social media.
The pop star was one of Clinton’s most vocal celebrity supporters ahead of the general election. At the end of her performance, a graphic of the Constitution appeared behind her, and before she left the stage, she declared, “No hate!”
Skip Marley, who’s featured on the track, also joined Perry for the performance. Before she took the stage, country group Little Big Town introduced Perry by covering a bit of her hit “Teenage Dream.”
Spotify, which heavily promoted Perry’s new tune, announced on Saturday that the track set a new record for highest first-day streaming for a single track by a female artist.
While Perry has been nominated for a slew of Grammys in the past, she does not have a single win to her name. In 2011, “I Kissed a Girl” was nominated for best female pop vocal performance, as was “Hot n Cold” the following year. 2011 earned Perry four nominations including album of the year for “Teenage Dream,” and in 2012 she nabbed two for “Firework.” But, of all her nominated hits — “Wide Awake,” “Roar,” “Dark Horse” — none have been selected as winners. Perry has, however won numerous other prizes including five American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and four Guinness World Records.
Perry spent most of the past year on the road supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential race. With the exception of “Chained to the Rhythm” and her Olympics anthem “Rise,” she has not released any new music.
Katy Perry makes political statement with GRAMMYs performance
Katy Perry made sure that her first GRAMMYs performance in years made a big statement on Sunday night.
The singer took to the stage on music's biggest night to perform her new song, "Chained To The Rhythm," and the moody performance was full of politically-inclined moments.
For one, along with her white suit and sneakers, Perry rocked an armband with the word "PERSIST" emblazoned on it in jeweled lettering.
The song itself also nods to Perry's political leanings and our country's current political climate:
"So comfortable, we live in a bubble, a bubble/So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, the trouble," she sang. "Yeah, we think we're free/Drink, this one is on me/We're all chained to the rhythm."
To close out the performance, Perry stood hand-in-hand with featured artist Skip Marley as a projection from the United States Constitution was layered over them. The words "We the people" were especially visible.
"No hate!" Perry shouted as the crowd got on its feet.
During her hiatus from music, Perry was an incredibly vocal supporter of Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton. The singer had previously been relatively quiet when it came to political issues, but was ever present on the campaign trail stumping for Clinton at rallies and concerts throughout the election.
On the red carpet before the GRAMMYs, Perry said that her upcoming album, for which "Chained To The Rhythm" is a lead single, would be "an era of purposeful thought."
Katy Perry Made a Pointed Political Statement With Her Grammys Outfit
Last week was a big one in politics. After Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnall’s statement, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” became the new rallying cry for women across America and on Twitter. At the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Katy Perry joined in the call for persistence—and it was just one of several statements she made during her performance.
Debuting her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” the ardent Hillary Clinton supporter arrived on stage wearing a white pantsuit, one of the former presidential candidate’s preferred fashion statements. It is also one of the official colors of the suffragette movement.
As Perry finished performing, the United States Constitution was projected across the stage, another strong political statement. She has described her new single as “purposeful pop,” and she certainly continued to make that point at the Grammys.
The lyrics to her newest single have a clear political message: “So comfortable, we're living in a bubble, bubble; so comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble.”
Now keep a watch on that H.R.C. Twitter account for a shout-out to Katy Perry.