Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Q&A

How many songs is Katy doing?

“We are doing a mash-up of a few, so quite a few.”

Oh. Okay. Like what though…

“I think you can bet that I’ll be playing “‘Roar’ and I’ll be playing ‘Firework.’ I would never leave those songs out because they have in some ways been the songs that have bookended my career, ‘Firework’ being off of “Teenage Dream” and ‘Roar’ being off of ‘Prism,’ the latest record. And I’ll actually play something from my first record, ‘One of the Boys.’ But I’ve only had three records. And a lot of songs in between.”

I can see it now, Katy Perry dressed in a full-on football uniform singing “One Of The Boys.” Cute. Predictable. Very Katy Perry.

Is she inviting any special guest to join her on stage? Will she bless a basic bitch to take the stage with her in front of 115 million people like how Beyonce did with Destiny’s Child?

“Yes, of course. Everybody does that. And I want to take advantage of that. I want to take advantage of everyone losing it for my special guest. And I have thought about this one for a while. There were a couple of names I tossed around and this one really stuck. I thought OK, it’s time for this person to have their shine again.”

Have they ever appeared on one of Katy’s records?

“Hmmm. That’s funny should ask. Let’s just say I’ve been familiar with them before in a roundabout way. But I can’t give you any more hints than that.”

Tell us about the stage.

“I think we’re going to be using more of the field than anyone has. And I am doing never-before-done things as far as entrances and exits, although Diana Ross takes the cake for, you know, flying out via helicopter at the end of her show. And the costumes are all designed by my good friend, Jeremy Scott. I’ve done a lot of work with him through years and it’s so nice bringing along someone that you’ve worked with for a long time for this huge moment.”

Is Katy rocking a turtle neck? Sparkly leotard? Cotton candy? Are there going to be any costume changes is what I’m asking.

“Oh, you bet your bottom dollar. Because I change about nine, 10 times in my show, on tour, I would feel very bored if I didn’t change the costume at least once. But we’re still in the process of teching things out, as they say. I have heard from other past performers that things change up until the last day, so you’ve gotta be open.”

It’s not like this is a big deal or anything, is it? What does this all mean?

“It means I’ve outdreamt my dream and I’m in the best way scared of all the things I’ve manifested in my life. But I know that I would say so much of it is because of the hard work that I apply in my life. When I was 9 and I had this dream of being who I am now, I would have never ever thought in a million years that it would take this much hard work and dedication and really intense focus. Because getting to the top is one thing. And it seems like in this day and age, with the internet, you put up the right picture, you say the right thing, you get one song on your Soundcloud and all the sudden, you’re famous. Or you’re successful. But it’s not about that. It’s about staying at that level. And when you get to the top, it’s even 100 times harder to stay there. So I always want to check in with myself and make sure that I’m being authentic in my music and my message and the lyrics, that I’m remembering why music was so important to me when I was young, because it was the friend that understood me. It was speaking the language that I needed to hear for whatever situation I was going through. It made me feel not so alone. And that’s the kind of music I want to write. I want to connect people.”

Was it hard work that kept her on top, or does she have that X factor?

“No, no, no, no, no. It comes in the order of talent first, because if you don’t have the talent, you can have all the ambition and hard work and you’re just literally chasing your tail. I think unfortunately there’s quite a bit of that these days because everybody has this idea that they can be great. And yeah, they can be great if they’ve got the natural-born talent. Sure. But I think it’s the talent, the ambition, the drive and the perspective. You’ve really got to bring a unique perspective because it’s a crowded place, you know? It’s got to be a little more unique than the average. And I just really think that is just about digging to the most vulnerable place inside yourself and being honest with yourself, sharing your honest truth. For me. I mean, there’s all kind of different music. There’s go-to-the-club music and then there’s music that pulls at your heartstrings. And I want to be a combination of both. Because I can’t cry all the time. I want to laugh. And I think I want to bring a lot of incredible joy to this Super Bowl performance. I want to play to my strengths, which I think are color, humor, sass and incredible joy.”

What makes a good Super Bowl performer?

“I think it’s a combination of things. I think I’ve got the music that people know and have made a part of their lives for the past five, six, seven years. And I think that the Super Bowl has kind of rebranded in a way that they want a younger approach and you can see that with Beyonce and Bruno — Bruno being one of the younger ones to ever play. My show is 8 to 80. And I think the NFL liked that, that I could be speaking to someone that’s 8 years old and still using the same language as someone who’s 80 years old. I think they want to have fun and they know I’m fun and I don’t take myself too seriously. There’s gonna be something for everyone.”

Is anyone still reading?

You’re gonna hear her roar.