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Katy Perry to star in Super Bowl XLIX halftime show: Here's what to expect

Katy Perry
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Calling all Katycats! Pop superstar Katy Perry will star in the next Super Bowl halftime show.

Halfway through the National Football League’s championship game — to be played Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona — Perry will take the stage for what’s likely to be a live greatest-hits medley with, perhaps, a new single thrown in for good measure.


With Twitter’s largest audience (58 million followers and counting), over 72 million digital singles sold, 11 Grammy nominations and five MTV Video Music Awards to her credit, Perry has known how to draw attention ever since the 2008 release of her single, “I Kissed a Girl.”

So, what should audiences expect from Perry when she performs at Super Bowl XLIX? While she’s recorded an MTV Unplugged album and revealed her softer side on occasion, don’t look for nuance and subtlety at the most-watched event of the year.

In addition to hits like “Roar,” “Teenage Dream” and “Firework,” here’s what’s more likely:

Huge production value
We’re talking gigantic sets, ornate light shows and elaborate costumes, like those showcased during her performance with Juicy J at this year’s Grammy Awards. And probably a fog machine or two, while we’re at it.

Ooh, shiny.

Surprise cameos
If you think Juicy J will be the only one to join Perry on stage, you could be dead wrong...or totally right. Halftime shows are practically de facto reunions (think Destiny’s Child when Beyoncé commanded the Super Bowl stage) as well as out-of-nowhere collaborations. Remember that Aerosmith halftime performance with Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Nelly and Mary J. Blige?

That was a thing that happened. (Just don't put any bets on Perry using the opportunity to reprise her duet with former flame John Mayer.)

A sense of humor
Super Bowl halftime performers are often known for their stage prowess and international fame, but as Perry has demonstrated in her videos, performances and “Saturday Night Live” appearances, she’s not afraid to laugh at herself.

Come to think of it, if Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph preface Perry’s halftime show with another “Bronx Beat” sketch, that could be pretty great.

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