Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance: how did she do?

Despite all of Katy Perry’s promises, there were no dropped jaws or melted faces over last night’s Super Bowl halftime show. Maybe over the on-field fight between players, sure. That unprofessional display of machismo nearly melted my face in disbelief.

Some of Katy’s assurances did come true. She did deliver the lions and sharks, sort of. The lion was a giant “robot,” and the sharks were her backup dancers. She managed to pull off a flashy show full with (four) costume changes, but she got upstaged by Missy Elliot’s awesomeness. Katy performed “Roar,” “Dark Horse,” “I Kissed a Girl” (with hot Lenny Kravitz), “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls,” “Get Your Freak On” and “Lose Control” (with Missy), and “Firework.” If you missed it, here’s the full video. Then let’s discuss.

Katy’s lyrics were fully pre-recorded, as was the music. You may have noticed Lenny Kravitz miming all his slick guitar moves without plugging in his guitar. Last year, The Red Hot Chili Peppers faced criticism for the same thing. Flea explained, “the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.” Everyone lip syncs and pretends to play instruments. All one big, happy illusion.

On Twitter, a lot of people made fun of Katy’s weird props. She looked like she was riding NBC’s “the more you know” star during “Firework.” The dancing palm trees, beachballs, and sharks were ridiculous. But I saw many on Twitter patting Katy on the back. She aimed to entertain and mostly succeeded. Katy also didn’t appropriate any cultures, which is a major accomplishment for her.

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  1. Lora says:

    It was really bad!

    • Petee says:

      Yes it was.Really bad.

      • Mmhmm says:

        I thought it was fun. It entertained and I’m sure people there had a blast watching it. Plus she did all hits that me and my friends were singing along too. She definitely lip synced, but I think she’s good at entertaining. I like Beyonce’s best (no I don’t worship her, but she didn’t lip sync the entire time and I thought it was amazing). I think the BEP was the worst for me.

    • maria1981 says:

      with katy perry, WHEN is good?

    • Anna says:

      Katy was horrible and Missy was the best part.
      I loved Dylan O’Brien’s tweet about Katy’s performance it was so funny lol and Anderson Cooper’s too before he backtracked

    • MCraw says:

      Whet? I thought her show was great. It was the best in recent memory. Better than Bruno and even Beyoncé (as much as I love her, her show sucked). It was cute, funny, silly and I was SO happy with Lenny and ESPECIALLY Missy. It really was a great show (silly sharks aside). I’ll give her credit where it’s due. Her dance moves had me in hysterics tho. That fist-hip thrust? Hilarious.

      Now, not passing the ball to Beast Mode at the 1 yard line? THAT was a God-awful decision smh. #longlivethebeast

      • Dani2 says:

        It was better than Beyonce’s and Bruno’s? Sure, Jan.

      • mimif says:

        I’m not a KP fan and I liked the show (especially Missy! and my gallon of margaritas). Props to Meowshawn tho, and his catlike moves. F-cking Pats just dominated.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        It was just camp from beginning to end. She typically uses sexuality to cut through that, but she toned that down and all we were left with was a kid’s show.

      • DTX says:

        Sorry, but NO ONE was better than Bruno Mars!!!!! (In my little world, anyway) Beyoncé was close but IMO Bruno beat her because he didn’t need flash & fireworks throughout the ENTIRE performance, especially at the end when he was alone in a darkened stadium with just a spotlight & his incredible voice. It was really breathtaking. ::::swoons::::

      • Mira says:

        I agree, I thought the show was great! And I hate Katy Perry. Maybe it was my low expectations and my love for Missy & Lenny? Loved the weird sharks.

      • Veruca Salt says:

        Yeah, noooooo. Bruno blew it out of the water and is actually a talented performer.

      • littlestar says:

        I enjoyed it too. If you take her for what she’s worth, she did a not bad job performing/putting on a show.

      • Navel Linty says:

        I agree, it wasn’t bad and it was the first time I didn’t switch off to watch something else. And I’m not even a Katy Perry fan

      • MCraw says:

        Yeah, the end of Bruno’s performance was beautiful, I agree. His was good as far as being a singer. But KP show was a technical achievement. The props and light show was an awesome spectacle. My jaw dropped and my face melted lol. And I’m not an active fan.

        Sometimes, fun is just fun.

      • FLORC says:

        Agree with all who think Bruno’s show was better. Simply because it was.
        Katy’s show wasn’t terrible. Though, striped down to what can be shown for an NFL halftime show Katy’s act looked like a kids show. Missy and Lenny made it for me.
        It was a good show, but Bruno’s show last year was amazing. He’s just got so much talent and appeal.
        Katy’s appeal is technical. Without props and editting she’s nothing special. It really comes don to how you want to be entertained. With flashes of light, explosions, and giant props? Or Talent…

      • Petee says:

        Gwen Stefani performing with a 104 fever was way better.

    • Sarah says:

      What? I thought it was just about what I would expect. Big on budget. Big on spectacle. Mainly mimed. And I hated Missy Elliot (because I hate Missy Elliot). Having Lenny on “I Kissed a Girl” was brilliant, I thought. It was good. Not as good as Bruno Mars last year, though.

      • mimif says:

        How can anyone hate Missy Elliot? To your room, Sarah.

      • homegrrrl says:

        Missy Elliott and dancers looked chic compared with the rest of the shows aesthetics. KP should not have remained on stage during the ME part- KP doesn’t really have that “it” factor. Ugh.

        KP is out of ideas but has an ear for “cool” I was thinking she should start her own label. She needs to develop new acts, this may be her calling. She’s wealthy and works hard.

      • Sarah says:

        ROFL, mimif! I guess I just don’t “get” entertainers like Missy Elliot. Now Lenny Kravitz? I could “get’ him all night long. LOL!

      • Bridget says:

        What in the what? Missy Elliott is everything. Get thee to the nearest music source and catch up clearly you just need to listen to more of her music.

    • GirlyGirly says:

      Oh, come on… it was ok

      I’m usually pretty hate-filled, but I thought Perry’s show was a lot of fun.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      Loved it. Loved the opening with the Lion, loved her performing her HIT songs, loved Lenny Kravitz, Loved Missy Elliot. Loved Katy Perry coming out on a Lion, she had me at the Lion.
      Loved the Fireworks..loved all her special effects loved everything.

      I want those Silver booties, she had on. :)

      LOVED it..

    • Veruca Salt says:

      Seconded. It was all style no substance. If you could even call it style as it was so tacky. The whole thing EXCEPT MISSY was tacky, I was so embarassed when she starts grunting during Missy’s performance, I wish she woulda just shut up.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “I was so embarassed when she starts grunting during Missy’s performance,”

        That was the worst! I might be remembering wrong…but at one point I swear Missy looked at her like “WTF are you doing?”.

    • hibitta says:

      Yes, Dani, it was much better than Beyonce’s.

    • Katy stevens says:

      Hsha hsha Is this the room where stupid people come and I have to straighten them out as the musician? Yes it is. Haha katy can’t sing?? Racist idiots who think. Ruin e is the only good performer. She can’t sing she screams. She over performs by pushing everything. Katy is not a good singer but a Great singer. That was live last night and her voice was amazing. It was a little boring but she’s not a dancer so open your sml minds to different types of art.. There’s more than one kind so stfu

      • atorontogal says:

        Why do you have to be so confrontational? Everyone has their opinion and are entitled to it. You sound like a child with the name calling. Katy is a one note wonder not an amazing singer. Of course you are entitled to YOUR opinion, but it is wrong. She sucks at singing, dancing and over all entertaining. Unless you call twerking and shoving your tits out, entertaining.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Katy Perry is not a “great” singer. She is shrill and she screeches. She pushes her voice too hard, there is no vibrato. She has massive pitch issues. If you like her, great! But please don’t call others “stupid” because they have standards higher than yours.

    • MyHiddles says:

      She was awful. I wish they had just let Missy do the Halftime Show. And Lenny Kravitz for only 20 seconds? What a waste.

      • crab says:

        I so agree with you! I was psyched that he was going to sing at half time and He was on for a whole 3 minutes tops! I was so dissappointed! She sucked and her costumes were ugly! She can’t dance, I was so embrassed for her when she was doing that dance number with Missy Elliott! It was really really bad! On a good note! WAY TO GO PATS!!!!!

    • CLEA says:

      no steak and she doesn’t know what ‘sizzle’ means!

    • Katie says:

      Totally ridiculous and childish for a woman her age. I get wanting to be fun a a quirky but honey once you turn 30, it’s time to refine that a little bit. By all means be young and have fun but maybe will a little less crayola colored hair pieces?

      • deehunny says:

        I liked that the show was light and fun and didn’t take itself too seriously. I also liked that it was family friendly since many children watch, too.

    • Sayrah says:

      I liked it #sorrynotsorry

  2. the original rachel says:

    She did what she does best: exist, with a huge production budget.

    • Chesty LaRue says:

      That’s exactly what I thought. Katy was just there, it’s the ridiculous props that entertained people.

      • Judyk says:

        Glad it wasn’t just me who thought it was just a lot of silly over-the-top hoopla.

        Can’t believe how that game ended…so disappointing.

      • QQ says:

        it was pretty expected: Titties, Hot Pink, Big Mugging faces, ALL THE PROPS IN THE WORLD to Distract from her mediocrity… she’s basically Pop Avril Lavigne.. ..Pandering questionable sh!tty music to the same demographic, into douchebag, thin nearly non existent Voice/moves

        But It was so awesome to see Missy that This morning all the jams were in my Songza for the Timbaland Presents Station

      • Erinn says:

        Ahaha. Exactly. I did not watch the superbowl – however I LOST IT looking at images of this spectacle. I’m going to try to find a video of it later tonight, but my god, Katy looked terrible in ALL the photos I saw. She looked so harsh and kind of mannish in a lot of the photos. Maybe it’ll be better in movement?

    • unmadebed says:

      @the original rachel — That’s exactly it–perfect way to put it.

    • Pandy says:

      Yeah, that about sums it up. I can’t believe she had enough catalogue to fill a half time show … but of course, she did need to bring in other performers. If this is what passes for music/entertainment …

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      I LOVED it.

    • theoneandonly says:

      Excellent spot on comment – and says a great deal regarding a lot of today’s so-called music.

  3. blue marie says:

    I watched in hopes that her special guest was Missy and Missy did not disappoint.. That’s all I got

  4. tanesha86 says:

    She’s no Bruno Mars or Beyoncé but it was very entertaining

    • GingerCrunch says:

      +1 for Bruno Mars. That one’s gonna be hard to beat!

      • Karen says:

        This was so dull compared to Bruno Mars last year. everyone was rocking. Katy can’t sing or dance.

      • Lucinda says:

        That’s exactly what I thought. Bruno was so much better but he is amazing anyway so how can you top that? She did well for what she does. It was non-controversial and family friendly. Lenny was the best part for me and I was disappointed there wasn’t more of him.

    • caz says:

      I thought Katy was one of the best performances in recent history. Bruno Mars? He was awful.

      • DTX says:

        Are you serious?


      • bondbabe says:

        I guess if you like props to carry the performance, then Katy is a good choice for you. But if you like actual energy and talent of the person to carry the performance, then it is Bruno, hands down.

      • Veruca Salt says:

        Yeah, nope. :) Watched him live, blew my mind. Watched him in the Super Bowl in a bar, people were tearing up during the time the lights dimmed and his voice was just glorious and permeating though the crowd.

        Katy Perry doesn’t have anything to bring to the table, her set design and production team should get the props. Her performance we so tacky and forced and was so obvious in its need to be ott to compensate for her lack of actual talent.

      • Someonestolemyname says:

        I’m with caz…..

        For what it was , her show was entertaining and her production team was on point. Everything went flawlessly.

        I liked her show much better than Madonna’s half time show and I am a Madonna’s fan , well old school Madonna’s fan.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      I enjoyed her entire show. It was great.

      She’s a good performer.
      I think it was one of the better half time shows too.
      Although Bruno Mars was amazing, one of my favourite shows.

      I loved Katy’s for what it was, a good performance and entertaining.

      • Whut says:

        This thread HAS to be filled with 12-year old girls, right?

        How old are you, I’m truly curious

      • homegrrrlll says:

        It looks like Katy was riding my chiuahuah’s giant over-inflated ego. The only reason I youtube’d it was to check out Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz. I had to fast forward past her yodeling but still can’t unhear her craptastic singing. Also cant’ unsee the clashing crayola stage set that I would have LOATHED even as an 8yr old.

    • Isabelle says:

      It was entertaining, very family friendly & it had dancing sharks! I’m not a pop music fan but like that she had fun & didn’t sex it up like recent half-time shows.

      • Amy says:

        That was my favorite part! A halftime show the the whole family can enjoy! I still can’t believe her outfit for Missy’s songs was literally covering her up completely. I was cheering! I was also amazed how they revamped Dark Horse’s staging into something not horribly dark (I’ve only ever seen that song at the Grammy’s.). I didn’t “get” the beach scene and anthropomorphized beach balls. And I can’t believe somebody got to build a star for Katy Perry to fly on and that is all they could come up with! But kudos for a fun, family-friendly spectacle (especially if you can’t dance–like me).

    • Susiecue says:

      I honestly didn’t think she did badly at all. And I cain’t stand her!

      • Someonestolemyname says:

        I only saw one Katy Perry video in my life, only because it ran all summer long, so I wasn’t familiar with her really besides the one song Calif Girls……

        Her production team deserves major kudos, they were ON POINT with everything.
        She has an amazing team with her and she put on a wonderful show.

        The image of Katy coming out on that lion was show business.

  5. Dmm says:

    I disagree, Missy Elliot made my face melt and jaw drop!

  6. GreenBunny says:

    I’ve never watched Katy Perry before. All I could think as I watched it was “girl CANNOT dance”. And when Missy Elliott came out, her inability was so obvious when surrounded by people that can dance and can dance really well. And the woman is 30, but after watching her performance, she’s clearly got the mentality of a 14 year old.

    • Susiecue says:

      Hahaha we were all laughing at that too! She looked like me after 2-3 cocktails, just sort of wompin around

  7. Lindy79 says:

    Her production team deserve a medal.
    (does anyone else think the audience sing-a-long line in California Girls sounded like a tape?)

    The dancing sharks were everything. How dare anyone say otherwise.

    • Kali says:

      I am the left hand shark!

      In all seriousness though, her set overall was incredibly well designed and looked fantastic on to. Beyoncé will always be my gold standard talent wise but I think Katy’s overall was a lot more fun to look at/watch.Costumes, sets, graphic display, protections were awesome. My favourites were the aerial high angle shots where it looked like there towers rising up and down.

      Lenny Kravitz/Missy Elliott? No words. To quote Queen B: “Bow down, b*tches”. Needed way more of both.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      @Lindy – my thoughts exactly regarding the audience sing along. I thought it pre-taped too.

      • Lindy79 says:

        There is NO way it would have been that clear and precise unless it was pre-recorded or the audience was rehearsed which I doubt

    • TheOnlyDee says:

      I wish the dancing sharks and Missy had just been the whole show.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      No THE LION was the Animal Star! Hahahaha

      I loved the whole show.

    • Veruca Salt says:

      Apparently, one of the dancing sharks was Snoop Dogg lol

    • Lucinda says:

      My 13 yo thought the sharks were awesome in a bizarre and disturbing way. They really were everything.

  8. Hudson Girl says:

    I don’t listen to her music but, I liked how appreciative she was of the honor to perform for the Super Bowl.

  9. Enny says:

    All I got from watching it was that Katy Perry really, truly believes she is a transcendent pop star but she has absolutely zero talent behind those (umbrella? parachute?) boobs.

    • Esmom says:

      Beach ball boobs, I thought.

      I also thought the sets and costumes seemed like an elaborate distraction from her lack of talent. Bruno Mars was a million times better. And I was surprised Lenny K played for only a total of about 10 seconds, that was so lame.

  10. Mzizkrizten says:

    Three stars

    • amanda says:

      Out of 10?

      • Mzizkrizten says:

        No, 4.
        I wasn’t expecting much and I ended up liking it. I imagine it was fun to be there, the energy seemed to be high. I enjoyed Lenny’s bit and I loved seeing Missy.
        Katy is campy, that’s her schtick. Her songs are catchy and she does her job as an entertainer. I was entertained.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      Agree, She did a good job. The show was quite enjoyable to me.
      I loved everything.

  11. Beatrice says:

    A big budget extravaganza that managed to be boring and trite. At best she’s inoffensive and peppy.

  12. Nessa says:

    She did as well as Katy Perry can do. No high expectations, just cheesy pop songs with ridiculous, over-the-too props and set. Bad dancing. Oh, and boobs. Always boobs.

  13. Anna says:

    I wasn’t a fan but it wasn’t horrible either. I wanted more of Lenny! Missy actually saved the half time, at times I felt I was watching the teen choice awards. Also, this years commercials were a snooze! A lot of sentimental commercials, usually I watch the superbowl for the half time and the commercials and this year I was disappointed!

  14. Rhiley says:

    I was pleasantly surprised how well she did, but I wonder if she didn’t spend a boat load of cash on the performance that will result in very little media attention or album sales for her (didn’t she have to pay to perform?) The game itself had too many good, and not so good, plays for anyone to really remember Katy’s performance. I know Katy was strapped in during the Fireworks performance, but I thought that took a lot of guts to do. She was up high, real fireworks going off all around her, and she was moving around at a pretty good speed. I felt a little woozy watching it. I wish she had managed to put in This Is How We Do somewhere in there but am very glad she didn’t try to rap. Have any of you seen her version of “N— in Paris?” Painfully embarrassing. Oh yeah, Missy Elliot was old skool awesome. I have been mumbling Get Your Freak On since I woke up this morning.

    • Whut says:

      Oh my god… you know what takes “guts”? Rockclimbing. Performing heart surgery. Welding on a skyscraper construction. Making a speech before the UN….

      This is the standard society has fallen to. Katy is a puppet, guts are not required for what she does, just blind ambition to make as much money as possible without contributing anything of substance or value to the world.

      • Samtha says:

        You don’t think performing in front of millions of people, in a pressure-cooker situation like the Super Bowl, takes guts? Okay, sure.

  15. Kiddo says:

    I didn’t watch, but I heard that LEFT SHARK was a sensation.

  16. kt says:

    It was entertaining. Now jaw dropping beyonce amazing but she did good. All I could think of were the professionally trained dancers bobbing back and forth as a palm tree hahaha oh and how much she cannot dance when missy was on stage. Like, bad. So, so bad at the dancing.

    • jinni says:

      Yeah. It was obvious she couldn’t dance even when she was in front of her dancers, but you can tell that they give her dancers the most basic choreography to do in order to not make Perry’s lack of moves so noticeable. But when Missy and her dancers came out and killed it, it was painfully obvious that Perry has no rhythm whatsoever.

  17. mrspeveler2 says:

    I am a fan of Katy P’s music and she did as I expected, honestly. It wasn’t bad, it was just as expected. She is bubble gum, that’s her schtick. Loved, loved, loved her bringing Missy out and she rocked it!!

  18. Kkhou says:

    She doesn’t dance, and if they won’t let her actually sing, I don’t see the point. It was a fine spectacle, but they could have made it just as interesting without her actually being there.

    missy elliot and her dancers were the best part.

    • Jayna says:

      She’s allowed to sing. Horrible lip-syncing. Bruno Mars was singing.

      • jenn12 says:

        I am struggling right now to not write Bruno’s name with heart emoticons around it. LOVE him!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I kind of wish his half time show would have waited until this year. Can you IMAGINE if he did Uptown Funk? The crowd would have gone crazy!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      My favorite thing other than Missy was the floor. I kept wanting them to move away from the close up shots to see more of the floor.

      It says a lot when your performance is less exciting than that of a floor!

  19. Lucy2 says:

    All flash no substance from Katy. Not enough Lenny. Missy was good.

  20. GiGi says:

    I thought the Katy Perry portions were just unbelievably dull. Certainly not on the level with what Super Bowl Halftime has come to mean. But thank God for Missy Elliot! She saved the whole thing and I forgot Katy Perry was even there!

  21. Lilacflowers says:

    Lenny Kravitz upstaged her simply by breathing. After that, Missy just took over and dominated.

  22. Dhavynia says:

    I would’ve been happy if it was Lenny Kravitz dripping in hotness and Missy Elliot only even if it was lip synced

  23. jenn12 says:

    It was trite and over the top. She and Miley Cyrus are the same types of performers, using huge, colorful props and dumb costumes to tell themselves they’re cutting edge, when they’re cartoon characters lip synching to bad songs. Lenny, Lenny, WHY?

    • DTX says:

      This is exactly what I thought immediately after the show started!!!! It was Miley-esque in the cheesy costumed dancers with a bunch of colors and silly sh*t everywhere, expect it was watered down & sanitized for “family show” consumption.

  24. Tig says:

    One word- sharks. Seriously, they were amazing- I laughed till I hurt. Show was fine-loved the entrance number. But so disappointed in commercials!

  25. rickrod says:

    So odd— I read all these wonderful reviews of her performance this morning. The NY Times was particularly favorable. Yet, while watching last night I found myself completely bored by what seemed like an unimaginative, Vegas-y costume-switching rendition of songs I’ve seen her do a better job on in the past. What’s more, on close ups she looked like she was struggling to keep up, almost as if she was out of breath throughout. Even physically she didn’t seem to look in as good a shape as I’ve seen her in the past.

    Completely nonplussed!

    • Petee says:

      I was bored too,I left right after.

    • kibbles says:

      I just watched it and I agree with you. The standards for pop stars are set so low these days it is virtually non-existent. It seems like the biggest pop princesses get less talented with every decade. Even Britney was better than Katy Perry and Taylor Swift in her heyday. At least she was an amazing dancer and even sounded better live than Perry and Swift. Christina Aguilera had a really good voice. Of course, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey were some of the best singers in the 90s and didn’t need props to give a great live performance. Madonna can’t sing but she was an amazing entertainer. I don’t understand how anyone with neither singing or dancing skills can be given the chance to headline any major show. I was not impressed with all of the props. Even with all the money spent on this production it just came off as fake, low class,and cheap. That’s what happens when there is no real talent to compliment all the theatrics.

      • Chibichchai says:

        I still remember Britney’s halftime show that had Aerosmith come out. She can’t sing but she knows how to put in a show. She should open a school for pop stars, teach them how to put on a decent show and make millions. Britney would not need Vegas after that and the halftime shows would not be a snooze fest.

      • Lola says:

        This is one of the best ways to explain the current state of pop music. In the 60′s and 70′s they sang and had a presence, in the 80′s they all danced, but it was after Madonna appeared that things went downhill and any talentless person got huge in the 90′s and 00′s. Now it’s all about sex.

      • Petee says:

        @Chibichchai.Britney was great.Back in the day she could pull it off.Even the MTV Awards you knew she could bring it.I think that half time was still one of the best.My Dad was a football coach so I have seen them all.Yesterday was awful.Get the Foo Fighters and bring rock back.

  26. Jen43 says:

    Entertaining and inoffensive. Kind of like a cartoon. My 70 year old mother liked it. Said Katy reminded her of Betty Boop! My tween age daughters liked it.. Missy Elliot blew her out of the water. I had forgotten how awesome Missy was. Lenny was disappointing. He didn’t look too sexy standing next to Katy.

  27. Nashville Girl says:

    It was entertaining and family appropriate. I’m giving her huge props for the night.

    • Rhea says:

      Right? My 6 and 4 years old love it. And it wasn’t as bad as anyone predicted. Like someone here said, the energy seemed to be fun and high there.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        …that was kind of the thing for me. It was PERFECT for 4 and 6 year olds, which made it not so enjoyable for me. I felt like I was watching a Disney street parade.

      • Rhea says:

        I’m a mother of 3 kids under 7. What can I say? Lol. :)

  28. handsfree says:

    I don’t think it was a robot – I saw people all in black moving the legs with poles. More like a giant ride-on puppet.

  29. Kaley says:

    She was good. I think a few times she was actually singing live and I was honestly impressed by her vocals. I always thought she was Taylor Swift level bad, but she’s not really.

  30. PattyCakes says:

    They do pre-record everything, but you could clearly hear her singing over the vocals, which is what happens for most big, televised live events. I think she did well, relative to what I’ve seen her do in the past.
    No, she doesn’t dance well but I feel like the show had something for everyone: some pop here, some hip hop there, a little touch of rock, and no wardrobe malfunctions! I think it was good for what it was.

    And I say this as someone with a degree in music.

  31. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I tried to watch this video clip, but I got bored. She just isn’t my thing.

  32. Lucybelle says:

    I thought the sound suuuuuuuucked! Why does it always sound so bad if it’s prerecorded? To give it more of an authentic vibe? I couldn’t understand anything and I know some of those songs.
    The dancing sharks, palm trees and beach balls were ridiculous. She kept making some strange face throughout the performance. I don’t think she looked like she was having fun at all.
    Missy was great. “Work It” remains one of my favorite songs of all time. It was popular when I was 22 and going out with my friends every weekend and we always would listen to it when we were getting ready. Very sentimental!

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Stadium acoustics tend to be horrible and, in this case, the sound was then being picked up by the television microphones, which makes it worse, then played through television speakers, which aren’t always the best.

  33. Cleveland Girl says:

    Wow – I am surprised by all the hate! I LOVED this performance – it was fun, flashy, and appropriate for all ages. She looked adorable, I loved all the songs she chose to play…Missy E was amazing, Lenny K was sexy. C’mon people!!! What else do you want???

    • PattyCakes says:

      I feel you! It’s Katy Perry. We can’t set our standards too high for her or we’ll always be disappointed (no shade, but shade). For what it was, it was good.

    • Amanda says:

      I’m surprised too. I’m not a fan but I thought she did really well for a Super Bowl halftime show. But the same people worship Beyoncé who hasn’t been relevant in years, except the album release stunt.

      Anyways, Katy’s shoe and eyeliner game were on point. Loved them.

      • PattyCakes says:

        Yes, her makeup game was definitely on point. Her hair was SNATCHED.

      • L says:

        seriously I want those silver booties in my life. They were adorable. And yes makeup on point-but the croydon facelift with the hair was AWFUL.

    • Petee says:

      Better then this@PattyCakes.

  34. Tiffany27 says:

    Her weave was so tight it looked really painful. I’m worried about her edges and the crown of her head.

  35. scout says:

    Bit juvenile for my taste but it was not bad, I bet teenagers liked it. She looked like she ate lot of chips and Guac before she went on stage. Thank God, nothing malfunctioned.

  36. Adrien says:

    Well, she wasn’t The Who, she wasn’t Black Eyed Peas so good job, Perry.
    A little kitschy but it was kitschy fun. Overall, it was entertaining and that was all that matters.

    Missy rocks. And no, I’m not patronizing her, she really rocks.

    • Isabelle says:

      Black eyed peas, now that was an awful performance. Still think Prince was the best half-time show in recent memory.

  37. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I get that not everyone is a Katy Perry fan, but she deserves big props for trying to make it a show everyone would enjoy I think. She gave Missy a big chunk of her timeslot – of course it made Katy look cool/more “street” in the process but she did not need to let a guest act do a three song mashup. I thought the lighting (on t.v.) was awful for the Missy Elliot segment, it was so dark you could barely see the performers. You could tell the lights probably made it much cooler in person though. Lenny was just ridiculously under-used, it felt kind of pointless. It seemed like a show that would have been truly awesome in person with the lion and the fireworks and special effects, and Left Shark is now a twitter superstar! I liked that she made it fun and inclusive, it’s more Superbowl appropriate than Beyonce’s “Bow down and worship me peasants!” schtick imho.

  38. INeedANap says:

    Those vocals were a backup track?? But she sounded awful, like bad karaoke. Oh, Katy.

  39. Samigirl says:

    Did I miss her slam on Swifty?

    • Lauren says:

      This is what I want to know! If it was in there, I missed it. someone weigh in if it was there!

    • Redheadwriter says:

      The high-waisted swim suits on the backup dancers. Total Swifty style.

      • Louise177 says:

        @Redheadwriter: Actually no. The swim suits have nothing to do with Taylor Swift. Katy is into the 40′s, 50′s look. Especially when she first came out. If you look at photos and performance footage, Katy and her dancers have always worn high wasted suits. People are trying way too hard to find a scandal.

  40. The Original G says:

    I like that they selected someone current, not some oldies tribute band.

    Engaging production almost hid the fact that Katy can’t sing.

  41. Dani2 says:

    It wasn’t on par with Bruno Mars and Beyonce but it was decent, Missy was the best part for me though.

  42. Frida_K says:

    Am I horrible to say that the dancing palm trees made me think of Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo?

    They looked like big logs of well…you know. With green fronds on top.

    The left shark was good though, and LENNY KRAVITZ…oof, I want him for Valentine’s Day.

  43. Char says:

    My husband said it is sad when people are more excited to see your guest performers than you.

    I was happy to see Lenny, just wish he had a bigger part. Missy was fabulous.

    During the beach weirdness, the hubby said he felt like he was shopping at Old Navy.

  44. jamrock says:

    It sucked

  45. cari says:

    I enjoyed it, it was visual eye candy. My girls thought it was awesome. I imagine if you were there it would have been a very high energy show.

  46. Im Really surprised the NfL chose her. Katy Perry is like a come to life Lisa Frank folder. Even if boobs, I think most men would find her cloying.

  47. Skins says:

    I’m not sure why the NFL thought it would be a good idea to have a 30 year old woman singing songs for 15 year old girls at the Super Bowl. They must really be running out of ideas for this thing. How boring

  48. OSTONE says:

    Missy was everything. I got up to dance as some as she came out!

  49. maeliz says:

    I sat watching the whole thing hoping Lenny would come back. All I wanted from the show was Lenny,so I’m disappointed that instead I saw dancing rubber sharks. Very happy my team won

  50. Stephanie Staton says:

    Katy Perry can’t dance and that was horribly obvious with her standing next to missy Elliot cuz missy Elliott definitely outshined katy Perry so with that said publicity wise missy Elliot was a bad choice for Katy Perry because no-one really cared about Katy Perry after missy Elliot came onto the stage

  51. SnowDay says:

    I watched with my 7-year-old daughter who LOVES Katy Perry’s music, but hasn’t seen a lot of her videos. Her top 2 comments: “This is the best day of my life!” and “Wow, her outfits are really inappropriate.”

  52. Kiki says:

    I’m not her fan but I really liked her show. I enjoyed every minute of it and she’s so pretty!

  53. Ginger says:

    I like some of Katy’s songs but not her live performances. I watched mainly for Lenny and it went by so quickly. BUT I really enjoyed Missy Elliot! I was really, really happy they didn’t use actual animals. There were a lot of animal rights organizations patting her on the back for that and it was well deserved. I wish others would follow suit.

    • Sass back says:

      Yes, she should be commended for not riding on a real lion or dancing with real horses and making real sharks dance behind her.

  54. jlee says:

    KP is such a cheese ball! Without props & cool stage production what’s left?. Imagine Dragons would have been a good selection or Bruno Mars again. Bruno Mars has more talent & charisma in his pompadour than KP has in her entire body.

  55. MtnRunner says:

    She’s ok. But she ain’t no Prince.

  56. HoustonGrl says:

    I liked Missy Eliot because the dancers were really awesome – I also wondered if there was some symbolism to all of them being “dead” at the end. Katy Perry’s performance was cute, my four year old niece would have liked it. But it wasn’t anything crazy awesome.

  57. Amy says:

    The lion was not a robot or mechanical, more like a large puppet. They were hard to see but there were people at the base of the lion holding sticks attached to the legs moving it forward. They were dressed all in black like Ninjas, you could only see their eyes (it made it to a Buzzfeed listicle where you can clearly see the all in black puppeteers). Just thought I’d clear that up because the lion puppeteers deserve credit for being practically invisible. If you go back and rewatch though, you’ll see them.

  58. KJ says:

    Missy did the damn thing! Once she came on, Katy Perry’s presence was completely superfluous.

  59. Felice says:

    Maybe that’s why Gaga won’t do it. She likes to sing live even though one song at itunes festival was definitely lip syncing.

  60. FingerBinger says:

    I wasn’t blown away ,but I thought her performance was entertaining.

  61. RN says:

    I just got to the part where she’s grinding on Lenny and I had to stop it as I was cringing too hard. I’m going to try to hang in there so that I can see Missy but I can’t promise that I’m going to make it. Wish me luck.

  62. Tiffany says:

    I am not going to throw too much at her because she really tried. The halftime show for some artist are just big spectacles. For some artist who are not strong vocally ( Perry, Beyonce and Madonna) this will be the end product.

    Only a few minutes of Lenny. Boo.

    Missy reminded me why I miss her.

  63. unmadebed says:

    The whole things was so bad. I just watched it, and going in, I expected at least Missy to be something special (after reading so many positive comments); but no–just, no. My standards for media aren’t spectacularly high, or anything, but I refuse to dumb them down to that level. I know I sound like a horrible grump, but this is my opinion. We need to strive for better everything–politicians, musicians, writers, philosophers, doctors, etc. etc.

    • Stoned Housewife says:

      Thank you! I love you and your horrible grumpness, etc, etc. But now we get to bash her here, right?

    • Whut says:

      You don’t sound like a grump, I’m glad some people still have standards, even if it is “just entertainment.”

      I too am refusing to throw my hands up and declare “oh well! Can’t hope for too much!!”

    • Petee says:

      No you are not a grump.Just not good.Sorry people.

  64. Joh says:

    Does she always sing with that angry face?

    I couldn’t watch

  65. WMarie says:

    Katy is known for making a spectacle of herself and she definitely delivered last night. Sure, she’s bratty but I find her kinda adorable at the same time. I was entertained. Of course I couldnt help thinking of the lovely Comet Sophie as her imitator, Comet Katy, was twirling and swirling through the meteor shower :) Oh yeah, and Lenny and Missy were on point too.

  66. Jonesy says:

    I thought it was a fun, entertaining show. My nine-year-old daughter and I were laughing hysterically at the beach balls and sharks, and thought the ending with the fireworks show was beautiful. I mean, c’mon…..would you really expect KP to all-of-a-sudden be able to dance exceptionally well and sing every single one of her lyrics live (although it sounded like she was singing a great deal of it live)? Why should the Superbowl Halftime show be an exception?

  67. kim says:

    Any performance since beyonce, they’re gonna look bad, my dear. I’m not even american.;p

    • Veruca Salt says:

      Not Bruno. Bruno blew me away. That performance with the singing, the dancing, the James Brown soul funking, the splits, the trumpet dancers, the jaw dropping drumming and tribute to his mother who passed away, it was spectacular.

  68. Mean Hannah says:

    You guys are all WRONG. So what if she’s not a great dancer – she sang LIVE, like a real singer. She’s a natural beauty with expressive face and body of a TRUE ENTERTAINER and she can SING LIVE at a Super Bowl Halftime show.

    How could it all have been pre-recorded? If it was, the sound and singing would have been glossy and perfect, not off key, flat in pitch, wavering here, cracking there, and topped with raw emotions otherwise known as shouting.

    She was so amazing that I barely noticed her awesome breasts!

    • FingerBinger says:

      They always pre-record the singers and the music at the superbowl. Even Whitney Houston’s national anthem performance was pre-recorded.

    • Veruca Salt says:

      Natural beauty? Not really hun but she has shiny hair? I guess that’s a positive? Her eyebrows looked not as on fleek as they usually are and I could see she gained some weight, she was looking a little puffy on the face. I dunno, I think if you face the stage and those props to a person with actual talent, THEN it would have been “amazing”. Katy was just so dull but her set designers did an amazing job of giving her the illusion of putting on a show when she barely did any thing but grunt, left step, right step “dance”, make angry faces, make everyone get embarassed when she was grinding on Lenny and balance on a drone with a cutout star above her head. it was overkill with the fireworks. It seemed like a very “Disney” fireworks show and float parade rather than a worldwide superstar rockstar singer performing at the Super Bowl. I would assume kids would love it but its like saying she has the talent and appeal of a Disney mascot, which doesn’t prove her talent as a performer or justify her huge paycheck.

  69. angee says:

    Cheesy, overdone, trashy and tacky. Not necessarily the fault of the artists.

  70. Otaku fairy says:

    I missed most of the super bowl because I was busy and absolutely hate watching sports anyway, but I did catch Missy Elliot’s performance and the part of Katy Perry’s performance where she did Firework. I did like what I saw, and her vocals sounded pretty good. I liked the shooting star thing, and from the pictures her other performances looked cool. Katy Perry is average as a singer and a dancer, but she does have a few songs I like and I’ve always liked her flashy style and performance art in her videos and shows. It’s obvious that she was very excited to perform at the super bowl this year, and I think she kind of talked up her performance too much in advance though.

  71. kri says:

    If Shaggy and Scooby had dropped acid at the beach, this is the show they would have seen. This is where the phrase “tripping (giant) balls (with faces) comes from. Those sharks were hilarious. Shark Sinister is now legend. It was just bizarre. Missy was awesome-hope this means new music is coming to us from her!!!!

  72. daughterofjean says:

    Yeah it was great if you were 10 years old.

  73. Debbie says:

    If you mean how was Missy Elliot’s half time show? Then it was fantastic the rest eh it was entertaining.

  74. G says:

    You know I liked how sort of ‘family friendly’ it was and the throw back with Missy made it pretty awesome. She did good. Bruno was pretty epic though.

  75. Alarmjaguar says:

    Maybe it was because I was sitting with my 6-yr old daughter (who loves KP, sigh) I thought it was good and entertaining. I absolutely loved the shark craziness — it was cheesy, sure, but different from what you usually see. She didn’t take herself so seriously and it worked.

    • Veruca Salt says:

      It’s funny because I was under the impression that she took this SUPER SERIOUSLY. She looked so into herself and what she was doing but she couldn’t even dance or get down with any soul or rhythm that it ended up looking like an SNL skit with too much fireworks.

  76. Felice says:

    I finally watched it and it wasn’t horrible but she relied too much on props. The only thing that would’ve made Missy Elliot’s more amazing than it already was was if that girl from her videos came out with her lol.

  77. Zwella Ingrid says:

    I didn’t watch it this year, so I have no opinion other than I hate the Patriots guts.

  78. Listerino says:

    I thought the lion was really cool and I love Roar so I got excited thinking “Oh this is gonna be great” but…. then it started going downhill. Once we got to the dancing shark I just had to laugh at how bad it was.

  79. Andrea says:

    This shows my age (33)But I didn’t even watch Bruno Mars last year because his music is sooo overplayed on the radio and Beyoncé’s was mediocre (I just don’t like her music either too overplayed also). Katy’s was ok compared to the three, but again, she’s simply ok in my book, too overplayed on the radio as well. Maybe that’s what Super Bowl watchers want, I dunno. But I say the best Super Bowl shows were U2 and the absolute best was Prince!

    • Jayna says:

      You should watch Bruno’s. HIs was so great because of the performance and his backup group on stage. A-plus performer. He is a showman through and through and brought it.

  80. Tati says:

    I am pretty unbiased, because I am not a fan of any of the past Super Bowl performers. I don’t own any of their music.

    That said, I had to watch Katy’s performance twice, to make sure I wasn’t just low on energy myself. Then I watched Beyonce and Bruno Mars. Bruno was fabulous without big theatrics and Beyonce had a good mix of the two, without the crazy, unnecessary wardrobe changes.

    Katy Perry was definitely very boring. I loved Missy Elliot’s performance and agree that Katy shouldn’t have tried to get in mix. That was the real high point for me on both viewings. And, I can’t even call myself a Missy Elliot fan. But, the energy was there and it was fun!

    For all those saying that Katy Perry was family friendly….do you listen to her lyrics? I had to speak to a mother at our lodge for letting her 11 year old daughter sing California Girlz and Last Friday night at karaoke. All of our mouths dropped to the ground and we all turned to the mother who was clapping for the 11 year old.

  81. Jayna says:

    Katy did a horrible job at lip-syncing. At least make it more believable. She didn’t even dance really, so it wasn’t like she shouldn’t be able to pull off one song live. The last song she wasn’t live either, that some fans try to say was live, because she had her live vocal low in the mix, not in the forefront, with the pre-recorded vocal still being the predominant vocal,. And like the other ones she completely lip-synced too, but it was way too obvious. The show seemed kid-like in places. She’s 30. LOL

    I enjoyed some of the songs though, some fun pop songs. Katy is always perky, so you can’t hate her. At least it wasn’t the Black Eyed Peas. They were horrendous.

    Best halftime shows were all live vocals and great shows also.

    Bruno Mars

  82. Velvet Elvis says:

    It was about what I was expecting. Meh. Not horrible. I think it really comes down to are you a fan of her and/or her brand of pop music or not. I was mostly disappointed in that Lenny Kravitz was relegated to lip synching a Katy Perry song and bouncing around pretending to play guitar for a few seconds.

  83. Nev says:


    Please. The entrance alone.

    • Jayna says:

      Madonna’s Vogue entrance and choreography and costumes was truly spectacular, and I loved Like a Prayer with the choir at the end. A stunning ending.

  84. Bobby the K says:

    Unremarkable singer. Nice career though.

  85. Cinderella says:

    It was an elaborate production, and it went off without a hitch. I thought both women pulled it off nicely from an entertainment perspective. It must have been a sight to see if you were actually in the stadium.

  86. emma says:

    her “roar” face was so bad-a$$!

  87. MadMenluv says:

    Katy Perry was bad enough as it was, then there was Missy Elliot?? Lenny Kravitz??? what in the world? is it 1997 all over again????
    Terrible all around, and again, Missy Elliot? my husband i looked at each other and laughed and said “are we back in high school?”

    • mimif says:

      I wish I was back in high school cuz Missy Elliot is everything.

      • MadMenluv says:

        mimif, i’m assuming you’re a huge fan of hers, i never liked her music even from back in the 90′s…i was too much into my Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins phase lol…

  88. jferber says:

    Missy Elliott was a revelation. Lenny Kravitz needed more to do. Katie was meh. I also wish the Patriots had not won (being cheaters and all).

  89. WendyNerd says:

    My sixty-one year old father is now Katy Perry’s biggest fan. I am not kidding.

    All I could think of when I saw that lion was Ghostbusters. ZOOOOOOOOOL!!!!

  90. LaurieH says:

    As far as half-time shows go – it was majorly “meh” in my opinion. It was like a weird Disney explosion on stage. I did not get the dancing sharks and carrots and whatever else. Let’s just say, it was NOT Bruno Mars and Pitbull.

    • stanhope says:

      and it wasn’t Taylor Swift….she would have been awesome rather than mediocre…..Katy had the energy of Dionne Warwick.

  91. dan.tr@hotmail.com says:

    Her voice was worse than I expected, and I already knew she can’t dance, by her videos. I was ready to feel embarassed by the sharks, but they were adorable! Missy is Missy, nothing to complain about! Lenny is overrated, period.

  92. stanhope says:

    Well Lenny was good and so was Missy. I’d rather have seen Taylor Swift than Katy. Taylor would have turned it all the way OUT!!!!!

  93. InvaderTak says:

    Omg Josh Horowitz has the best tweets about it!

  94. Sarah says:

    Wow wow even her prerecorded vocals were TERRIBLE! She is really a mediocre singer at best. She also has minimal dancing ability… for a pop star she really is pretty bad.

  95. rudy says:

    Katy Perry can’t sing. At least the pre-recorded voice can’t sing.

    When she came in on that giant walking monster and out of her month was flat off key tones, I was outta there.

    How someone can perform at the superbowl on top of a huge silver horse and bellow off key is beyond me. Who picks these performers anyway?