Katy Perry: Underrated?

My response to @lefsetz's sloppy and inaccurate critique of Katy's Super Bowl show: Having worked closely with her for over ten years on all of her albums, I can attest that Katy Perry writes all of her own songs. She's performing our song "By The Grace Of God" this Sunday night on the Grammys, a confessional song about hitting bottom and feeling suicidal after your husband divorces you with a single text. She's smart enough to collaborate with other great writers, but anyone who works with her can tell you Katy drives the ship. She writes the melodies, the lyrics, has the song concept months before writing it, tells the producers what the tracks should sound like, what they shouldn't sound like, and is the real deal. Your writing is the murkiest sludge of being confidently opinionated, vaguely mean spirited, and completely mis/uninformed. You have no idea that Katy writes her own material and authoritatively claim she doesn't? Due diligence works wonders for authorial credibility. You also don't seem to quantify a distinction between art and entertainment. Katy isn't trying to be Leonard Cohen on a major network sports show featuring 300 pound sweaty men slamming into each other. Here's the lyric to "By The Grace Of God" that I watched Katy write every word of: By The Grace Of God Was 27, surviving my return of Saturn a long vacation didn’t sound so bad was full of secrets locked up tight like Iron Mountain running on empty, so out of gas thought I wasn’t enough found I wasn’t so tough laying on the bathroom floor we were living on a fault line and I felt the fault was all mine couldn’t take it anymore By the grace of God (there was no other way) I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay) I put one foot in front of the other and I looked in the mirror and decided to stay wasn’t gonna let love take me out that way I thank my sister for keeping my head above the water when the truth was like swallowing sand now every morning, there is no more mourning oh, I can finally see myself again I know I am enough possible to be loved it was not about me now I have to rise above let the universe call the bluff yeah, the truth’ll set you free By the grace of God (there was no other way) I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay) I put one foot in front of the other and I looked in the mirror and decided to stay wasn’t gonna let love take me out, oh, that way, No, that way, no Not in the name of love In the name of love That way, no, That way, no I am not giving up By the grace of God (there was no other way) I picked myself back up (I knew I had to stay) I put one foot in front of the other and I looked in the mirror and decided to stay wasn’t gonna let love take me out that way