Katy Perry in pale violet Blumarine at the Billboard Awards: pretty or boring?

Katy Perry

Here’s Katy Perry at last night’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, where she’s still pulling the horrific dark lipstick look that makes her look like a slutty Morticia Aadams in a faux-gothy effort to remind us that her “music is about get real f&#*ing dark.” The hair is still violet, and it looks fine (by Katy standards), but I wish she’d trash the pseudo-hardcore lipstick because dark lips really wash out her complexion. Let’s talk about the dress. Katy wore Blumarine (like she did at Elton John’s Oscar bash), and this gown is kind of shapeless and very unlike Katy’s usual gimmicky take on fashion. It’s not an awful dress, but it just does very little for her normally tiny-waisted figure. Here’s the back view, which is slightly more interesting from that angle than it is from the front.

Katy Perry

Perhaps one clue why Katy chose a relatively modest dress for the occasion is that she brought her grandmother as her date. That’s actually really sweet, and I’m sure grandma appreciated not having to pose next to her granddaughter’s massive cleavage on the red carpet. See? Katy can be respectful when she wants to do so.

Katy Perry

Katy also performed at the awards, and she chose to showcase her upcoming single, “Wide Awake.” People got advance word that Katy was set to perform this song, which is supposedly about (surprise) her disastrous marriage to Russell Brand:

Is Katy Perry trying to send a message to Russell Brand?

The singer, whose divorce from Brand is supposed to be finalized next month, is set to sing a revealing breakup song, “Wide Awake” off her latest album, this Sunday at The Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, PEOPLE has learned.

“It’s obviously about Russell,” a source said, though Perry has not publicly confirmed it.

The song speaks about being blinded by love, including the lyrics, “I wish I knew then what I know now — wouldn’t dive in, wouldn’t bow down.”

[From People]

Sure enough, that tipster (probably Katy’s dad) was correct, and Katy performed “Wide Awake” during her live performance. Here are some more lyrics from the song and a video of her onstage as well.

I’m wide awake
Not losing any sleep
Picked up every piece
And landed on my feet
I’m wide awake
Need nothing to complete myself – nooohooo

I’m wide awake
Yeah, I am born again
Outta the lion’s den
I don’t have to pretend
And it’s too late
The story’s over now, the end

[From YouTube]

Poor Russell. He’s been walking around saying nice things about his estranged wife, and she’s still trying to cut him down during awards show performances with her silly pop songs. Of course, this song will probably hit #1 too, and then Katy will deny that she wrote it about him. It’s all part of her act, you know.

Now back to Katy’s grandma — I love her sparkly cane! Such a nice touch.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN

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  1. marie says:

    the lipstick is horrible, and she needs to grow up, this woman annoys me to no end.. Her Grandma looks classy though..

    • Ella says:

      It’s not just the lipstick – the rest of her makeup is dreadful. I hope she fired her makeup artist.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      Whatever it is, it accentuated the negative. I never noticed she has a witch nose and witch chin before. I used to think she was a plain canvas made beautiful by too much make up.

      Oh and goth with a pretty pink dress… NO!

      I love pink as an adult but during my Goth/Metal/Punk/Grunge period (JHS-college) I NEVER wore a light color. Oh and I wasn’t 29 or how ever old she is, as noted by the “as an adult” part of my love of pink.

    • Genevieve says:

      B-O-R-I-N-G. Just another variation on the same old blue/violet/purple theme. WHEN will this girl get a new look? I was all tears and kleenex on her behalf over what a scumbag Russell Brand turned out to be…I mean, c’mon, haven’t most of us suffered that heartache? But ultimately, the best revenge is looking BRILLIANT. And she doesn’t. She just doesn’t. There is no excuse for continued fashion crimes. C’mon, Smurfette. Get your fashion sh*t togethah, girl!!

  2. Tillie says:

    For a second I thought this was about Courtney Cox.. but no! :)

    The lipstick has to go. I really don’t like it. Her dress is fine.

    Really cute pictures of her and her grandmother.

  3. Elvynn says:

    She reminds me of Miley cyrus who after her break up with Nick Jonas darkened her hair because she wasn’t happy and was depressed. I’m pretty sure we are on the same case. Katy is playing the happy girl but inside she is empty and depressed because her fairytale marriage and love, didn’t worked.

  4. Cherry says:

    Katy still doesn’t know what to do with her boobs. This dress makes them look saggy and hides her tiny waist. Unflattering.

    • Sweettart says:

      I was thinking the same thing, that it would have looked better if she was wearing a bra with more lift. Then I saw the dress was backless.

      That’s the problem with big boobs, it’s hard to get away with something like that.

      I actually like the dress, but her make-up is just all wrong. It kind of amazes me how often she makes a wreck of her face with such a Snow White complexion.

  5. Ming says:

    All in all this is an appropriate post-divorce look.

    A dark head on a shiny dress.

  6. LeeLoo says:

    I love the sparkly cane! She should have glammed grandma up for the event. Katy on the other hand…ugh! She looks like a Meth addicted Goth prostitute.

    Katy is getting real old real quick for me. Of course she’s going to go all enough and dark for her album. She will milk the press for all it’s worth on her breakup. What gets me is that it seems Russel has been rather ass kissy in interviews towards her. I wonder if he is hoping she won’t reveal any dirty secrets?

  7. kay says:

    I guess I’m the minority because I think she looks gorgeous. I love her dress and make up, and I think her lipstick really suits her.


    • eileen says:

      I agree with you. I think its cute that she tried to match her grandma in color and was somewhat conservative from her normal attire.
      I think her make-up looks good, not a fan of the lipstick but its not attrocious.
      Overall-she looks pretty to me!

    • I enjoy Ms.Katy. She always seems so fun. LOVE the dress. The lipstick isn’t bad imho, but perhaps not quite suited for this dress. I am so glad she ditched the blue hair. Who cares who the song is about? When I was her age I had my heart ripped out and stomped on. If I had been a pop singer you can bet your ass I’d have written a few songs about the experience, and he wouldn’t have come out on top. Ms.Katy and Mr.Russell are two different types of people. Let her be. She’s not trashing him in the media.

      And your girl Taylor Swift? Why does she get a pass on writing songs about her exes?

  8. Eleonor says:

    Grandma really knows how to pull off that cane! But she tell to Katy to stop with that goth makeup.

  9. cupidtyrox says:

    I think she looks fine.
    Grandma rocks though!

  10. Jayna says:

    Her performance was bad. She looks great for a popstar.

  11. Marjalane says:

    Am I the only one who wonders how she got to be so famous with no discernable talent?

  12. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I remember seeing this dress in the look book and thought it was a fail then. She made it look even worse and that make up! I like her music for free buy I don’t like her and her faux Christian values.

  13. debunker says:

    She seems to have lost her sparkle since her divorce. Or since her marriage actually.
    It’s as if she isn’t even trying.

  14. Dawn says:

    At least she can sing. The dress is fine and grandma is sweet. She needs to find someone who can do her makeup.

  15. madpoe says:

    Didn’t even bother to read yet, she looks like a jelly fish. A disco jelly fish not getting oxygen or something.

  16. Kelly says:

    Wow! I am the only one who thinks she looks great? I love gothic hair and make up…really sexy and mysterious! Totally different from this boring beach blonde and this leathery tanned skin. I wish I could pull that off…sigh

  17. Ainsley says:

    She looks like a corpse here. The coloring of her face is all off. I didn’t watch the awards show, but I saw on twitter that her performance was awful–like a poor man’s Pink performance. Her vocals are terrible. I’m sure the team of people who made this b*tch are working on buying themselves another fake hit right now.

  18. Psyren says:

    What’s with the dark, slightly gothy makeup that celebs are sporting recently? Is the 90′s grunge era look making some kind of comeback?

  19. annaloo. says:

    Nice to see the “Tonight, Tonight” set from the Smashing Pumpkins video
    being reused! Very green of Katy.

  20. lil ole me says:

    Face is a little puffy. Binge drinking?

  21. Roxy750 says:

    I like Smurfette! She’s sweet to me.

  22. Saor says:

    “I’m wide awake / Not losing any sleep”

    …Say what?

  23. skipper says:

    Am I supposed to be wearing brown every day to match my hair?

  24. Janet says:

    The color is meh and the Morticia makeup ages her about 10 years. Nice that she is so caring of her grandmother though. Grandma is rockin’ that cane!

  25. Jover says:

    Marjalane lucy126 and others KP got “famous” because talent no longer matters and the music industry – surprise and shock – is completely corrupt; and they have the gall to throw stones at Wall Street, they are hand in glove with WS; the Billboard’s are an industry event pushing industry product – the Avett brothers played last nite where I’m at – real music made by real musicians, check them out if you haven’t.

  26. G says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing her dress in something that wasn’t a “costume.” I suspect she thinks herself a great conceptualist.

    She just seems angry that he called her bluff and ended it.

  27. Cait says:

    Why is she trying so hard to look like Siouxsie Sioux?

  28. TXCinderella says:

    I think she looks pretty! The dark lipstick is a little too much, but overall I think she looks good.

  29. Kim says:

    TERRIBLE dress on her. Very unflattering all over but esp on chest area.

  30. Kim says:

    Bad song – terrible voice

  31. JB says:

    Her performance made me cringe with embarrassment . And that lipstick makes her look like she’s wearing head-gear.

  32. Amy says:

    She looks like Joaquin Phoenix in drag in that first pic. Or a corpse. It’s a toss up.

  33. Lucy2 says:

    She looks like a ghoul. And that dress is not flattering.
    Grandma looks cute, and appears to be 4′ tall!

  34. Willy Wonka Quoter says:

    “Violet, you’re turning violet, Violet!”

  35. skuddles says:

    Weird, can’t find my earlier comment… anyway, that lipstick HAS to go – it’s too harsh and it’s ages Katy. The lavender prom dress is just meh. Time for a fashion overhaul.

  36. faye says:

    good lord she looks like a corpse!

  37. the original bellaluna says:

    She does NOT look good. Gramma, on the other hand, looks great for a gramma!

    Katy’s dress looks like…I don’t know, didn’t someone above say a jellyfish?

    It looks to me like she’s been watching a few too many Disney Princess movies. I wish she’d just go away. Grieve; mourn; get over it…just GO AWAY.

  38. Girlygirl410 says:

    In that first pic, she looks like she has red wine lips. I hate when that happens, to bad she made hers look like that on purpose.

  39. jesstar says:

    Please tell me the dark lipstick looked better in the 90′s when we did it.

    It looks horrible on all the celebs I’ve seen it on lately.

  40. Princess Lizabeth says:

    I know no one else will agree, but I think she looks pretty. I like the dress. Sorry, JMO. :)

  41. Jaxx says:

    I’m giving her a pass because she looks so tender and respectful toward her gramma.

  42. Mooshi says:

    I found it interesting how the song name is “Wide Awake”, yet the video had an astral projection theme to it.

    Was a very nice, dreamy stage performance.

    I enjoyed it.

  43. olybinewski says:

    I thought that first picture was Elijah Wood.

  44. Suzy (from Ontario, Canada) says:

    Lipstick and hair colour seem way too dark. Not a good look for her, especially with that dress, which is also not a great look for her

  45. BlackSwan777 says:

    She is too old to have purple hair, goth makeup, and dark emo music. Keep making generic crappy pop song, nobody thinks your edgy!

  46. Angi says:

    I think she looks lovely. The base is a little pale on her but the rest looks nice. I like that she brought her nan with her.

  47. GirlyGirl says:

    She’s got to be colour blind

  48. jenna says:

    I pretty much hate all her looks.. this one I like slightly more but only because she’s been style-pinching of Dita Von Teese as of late