Katy Perry Gives New Single 'Chained to the Rhythm' Its Live Debut at the Grammys
Katy Perry took over the Grammys stage for the fifth time Sunday night when she performed her new song “Chained to the Rhythm"
The track officially debuted Friday, but Perry gave fans a chance to hear it early via music-playing disco balls she planted around the world.
The high-energy performance featured a house and fence with a series of dancers moving the set pieces across the stage. Perry, 32, wore a black and white pantsuit with white tennis shoes as she sang. Her attire is believed to be a nod to Hillary Clinton, whom Perry supported on the campaign trail by performing at rallies and the Democratic National Convention last July.
That was far from the only political moment. On her arm was a band reading “Persist”—an apparent tribute to Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was silenced on the Senate floor last week for criticizing Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. And towards the end of the song, the words “We the People” appeared on the set backdrop.
Although Perry wasn’t up for any awards this year — her last studio album, Prism, came out in 2013 — she’s been nominated 13 times in the past. She last performed at the Grammys in 2015 when she sang the ballad “By the Grace of God” alongside survivors of domestic violence.
Ahead of the performance, Perry told E! News from the red carpet that it would be “definitely unlike anything I’ve ever done.”
“Usually there’s a lot of dancers and things but it’s mostly just me,” she teased. “But it’s a different just me… just pay close attention to the narrative.”
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Of her new music, Perry said, “I’m so proud of it. I think it’s definitely a new era for me. I call it an era of purposeful pop.”