WITNESS THE SPECTACLE

Katy Perry’s Kitschiest, Candy-Covered, Firework-Spouting Costumes


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If you are headed to a Katy Perry performance, you know you are in store for several things: screaming tweens, more than a few radio hits, and, above all, some theatrical ensembles. While her contemporaries may stick to body-conscious jumpsuits and spangly mini-dresses, Perry has always been one for a costume when it comes to taking the stage. The singer is all for a theme, whether it be a pop-corn miniskirt for the premiere of her film Katy Perry: Part of Me or some literal fireworks when performing her hit “Firework.” And there is always a kitsch factor—a light-up dress; a rainbow crop top; lots of wigs. Here, a look back at Perry’s most insane on-stage ensembles.

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Fresh on the scene, Katy Perry performs at the opening of a Las Vegas hotel in 2008 in a Vegas-themed ensemble.

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Katy Perry performed at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards dressed up like a football player.

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Perry performed at another 2008 concert, ending her set by jumping into a giant cake.

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Perry entered the stage at a 2008 Jingle Ball via a giant banana and dressed like Mrs. Claus.

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Perry performed on the Today show in 2009 wearing a mini-dress embroidered with some large dice.

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The following year, in 2010, she returned in a candy-coated getup.

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At the holiday-themed Jingle Ball, Perry turned herself into a snowman.

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For the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Perry opted for a bright yellow latex dress.

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At the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, Perry once again entered the stage via a giant banana.

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Perry flew high above the crowd for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

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Perry got into the movie spirit for the premiere of her film Katy Perry: Part Of Me.

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Perry closed out the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in a boxer’s ring in Brooklyn.

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For the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Perry enlisted Snoop Dogg to live out a beach paradise.

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Perry jumped rope onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2013.

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At the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in 2015, Perry soared through the sky on a shooting star.

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Perry’s 2014 Grammy Awards performance was quite literally lit, with a dark magic themed set.

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Perry became a maypole at the MTV EMA’s in 2013.

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Feeling feline on the opening night of her Prismatic World Tour at Odyssey Arena on May 7, 2014.

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On the same tour, the singer also embraced a flower child persona.

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And channeled Cleopatra, complete with a giant golden horse.

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What would a Katy Perry performance be without some fireworks?

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Katy Perry peforms onstage at YouTube #Brandcast presented by Google at Javits Center North on May 4, 2017 in New York City.

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Katy Perry performs at 102.7 KIIS FM’s 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California.

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Katy Perry performs “Swish Swish” in Studio 8H on May 20, 2017.

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Katy Perry performs on the Pyramid stage on day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2017 in Glastonbury, England.