Katy Perry performs ‘Rise’ & ‘Roar’ at the DNC: awesome or nothingburger?


Five years ago, if you had asked me which pop star would be the most vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, I never would have guessed Katy Perry. Katy has been I’m-With-Her-ing for months and months now. Katy has traveled for campaign rallies, performed at and attended fundraisers, and she was given a prime spot to speak and perform on Day 4 of the DNC. And you know what? I don’t hate any of it. So many pop stars – especially pop stars as popular and well-known as Katy – would ordinarily refuse to become the pop-star face of a campaign. They wouldn’t want to alienate half of their fanbase. So I like and respect Katy more for being unapologetically political this year.

Here’s the video of Katy’s speech and her performance of “Rise” (her Olympic anthem) and “Roar.” I don’t know, you guys… I thought she sounded really good? Like, suddenly her voice sounds pretty great here.

See? I liked what she said. I think that out of all of Hillary’s celebrity endorsers, Katy really might get some millennials to give Hillary another look. Not too shabby for a nothingburger.

And in case you were wondering, Orlando Bloom was there too, in the audience. He was caught in some cutaways, and you could see him filming Katy’s performance on his phone like a dweeb. It was cute though – I can’t believe they’re still happening. What’s it been? About seven months now – they started hooking up in January.

Oh, and Katy’s dress was by Michael Kors. She got the memo about wearing an American designer!

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Pinky says:

    I little bit of meh, but I appreciate her unwavering devotion to getting Clinton elected. And her star-spangled necklace.

    –TheRealPinky

  2. boredblond says:

    I got the feeling the mic/sound wasn’t quite right in the beginning..fidgeting with pack on back..but I thought she was fine

  3. Luca76 says:

    TBH I actually like Katy Perry. Out of any of the huge pop stars she seems like she doesn’t have that diva sized unbearable personality. She may not be the brightest, have the best taste in men, or the greatest talent but she seems to mean well.

  4. LuckyZeGrand says:

    At least she is honest about herself.

  5. Brittney B. says:

    God she’s gorgeous. And yes, her voice seems to be stronger than ever.

  6. lisa2 says:

    I still love ROAR.. don’t care for Rise.. I just find it underwhelming. I was thinking how much I loved Whitney Houston singing One Moment in Time. That was more inspirational. I can’t get into Rise.

  7. Talie says:

    I give her a ton of credit for sticking her neck out and actually standing for something more important than SnapChat/Twitter fights. And she was there from the beginning.

  8. The Original Mia says:

    I was impressed with her performance. Not a fan of Rise, but I was all in for Katy. My mom loved her dress. And like you, Kaiser, I appreciated the fact that she has been a staunch supporter of Hillary’s, without concern that she might alienate her fans. That’s conviction, right there.

  9. mia girl says:

    I thought she sounded good as well, despite what appeared to be problems with her mic pack. And I’m with you @Kaiser, I give her props that from the start, she’s put her skin in the game for Clinton.

    Loved that after Hilary’s speech, Firework played . As songs go it pretty simplistic, but the chorus of the song always pumps me up – I suppose it is the sentiment.

  10. Jane says:

    I wonder if Taylor is jealous that Katy got the spotlight on this.

  11. Bex says:

    I like her. Sure she’s been involved in as much petty drama as anybody, but she’s stuck her neck out over this.

  12. Merritt says:

    I’ve never been a huge Katy Perry fan, but I appreciate her being political. I find it refreshing compared to Meghan Trainor’s clumsy comments about voting. To many people are like Trainor and take voting for granted.

  13. Skins says:

    I usually like a good girl singer, but Katy has never done anything for me. Too much scream-singing. Meh

  14. Who?Me? says:

    I liked her voice although it does appear that she has issues with her mic and ear monitors. And I do think she’s beautiful too. I liked her dress. I appreciate that she’s putting herself out there with her supporting Hillary so vocally.

    I do like Katy and have since she hit the scene with her album One of the Boys. “Rise” isn’t my favorite, but I do find I like it a bit more each time I hear it. It won’t replace any other Olympics theme but it’s not a bad song. I love “Firework” though. And “Roar” is really good too. Both those songs give me a good “I can keep going” feeling when I’m getting down about something or pushing through a workout.

  15. Poli says:

    See.. this is why I always liked Katy.
    She she stands by her opinion openly. She is not afraid to lose fans unlike many other celebrities. It takes guts to go out there and endorse a politician and to advise people to vote.
    Pretty sure Taylor would sing for Trump if she could. But she is busy going on ridicolous pap strolls endorsing her relationship.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Lots of comments here celebrating Katy’s willingness to get political. (Disclaimer, I don’t like it when stars get political, I think they should do what they do best. And yes I’ve always been a Hillary supporter from the get go too).
      Serious question here: would we be saying all these positive things about her if she had performed at the RNC? Or was performing at a Bernie or Bust event?

      No snark, just genuinely curious to see what responses I get.

      • 0Stress says:

        I actually do like Katy although her voice is not the best and kinda shake-ey in that video
        But i agree with you, I also hate it when stars get into politics, they usually know f-ck-all about it and presidential race should be about opinions and personalities of the candidates not about “look at all these popular singers supporting %someone%”

      • Isobel says:

        i don’t see Celebrities as royals were they should just shut up and perform. Speaking as a minority I feel really strongly that this election is far too important for people to remain neutral just so they don’t put off parts of their audience. I appreciate anyone who stands up. On a personal level I am sure Katy is just like the majority of women out there the thought of trump as president invokes fear in her.

      • LinaLamont says:

        This is funny, because I was going to respond to @Merritt, but, I decided to read more comments and come back later.

        “I’ve never been a huge Katy Perry fan, but I appreciate her being political. I find it refreshing compared to Meghan Trainor’s clumsy comments about voting. To many people are like Trainor and take voting for granted.” – Merritt

        This is what I was ready to say to Merritt…
        I’m going to be brutally frank about myself. I’m a hypocrite. I don’t give a rat’s ass what a celebrity says, does or thinks, and, I wish they would just STFU, UNLESS they agree with me on an important issue and they can get the word out.

        There. Naked to the world…or, at least, CB in all my hypocritical, self-serving glory.

      • LinaLamont says:

        I’d like to add something, though.
        I’ve always appreciated when a celebrity has had the balls/ovaries to call out a peer on his or her bullshit. Right now, looking at you Debra Messing. Good for you.

      • mary s says:

        @Adele, I’m like LinaLamont… I like her a lot, but if she had performed at the RNC, nope, I’d have very negative feelings. I’m even impressed about Scooter Braun telling Justin that if sang at the RNC, he (Scooter) would be unable to represent him anymore.

        A lot of celebrities have said some really dum things.

  16. Clare says:

    I like that she has quite literally put her money where her mouth is.
    As you say she has been a Hilary supported for ages, and hasn’t been afraid to lose fans (money) over it. Good for her. Shows me that while her pop persona is that of a bimbo, she actually has some substance, too. Others could really learn a thing or two from her.

    Never thought I’d say that when she was singing that I kissed a girl song. I guess some of us DO grow up.

  17. Rhiley says:

    I am a woman and a feminist ,but as someone who loves music, I am getting tired of all these girl anthems: Roar, Rise, Fight Song, Brave, The Megan Trainor no treble song (don’t know the title). I get the message which I agree is positive and certainly very powerful especially for young girls. But as far as music go, these songs all sound the same. I hope Fight Song is not Hillary’s campaign song. What do you guys think would make a good Hillary campaign song? I was thinking that Ozzy Osborne’s Crazy Train would be a great campaign song for Trump’s campaign.

  18. Han says:

    I don’t like her music but at least she dares to take a stand. In this election that’s something I appreciate.

  19. JenB says:

    I like a lot of Katy Perry songs, they are so fun and she has great videos! But I have only ever though her pure vocal skills were middle of the road to be honest. However I enjoyed seeing her last night, she looked great and sounded decent considering it was live which I don’t think is her best showcase. There’s no denying her Star Power!

  20. Ana says:

    Katys feminism is a lot more believable than Taylor swift . She has a group of real female friends she’s around all the time. They are not supermodels. The lesbians and black women she hangs around with arent whoever has a million Instagram followers or are popular right now. I don’t think she’s superbright herself but it does seem like she has genuine female friendships and gravitates towards interesting females.

  21. PipPip says:

    She looks so good here! She definitely doesn’t have the strongest voice and she probably knows it too but that’s why I find it all the better that she always sings live anyway

  22. Beebee says:

    I also think this is a smart move for Katy because if Hillary gets elected, Katy’s put enough time into this effort to guarantee herself a lock for an inauguration performance.

  23. a reader says:

    For the record, I have long sipped the haterade for Katy for a multitude of reasons I won’t get into here.

    That being said, I sincerely believe she has devoted a ton of time and energy to becoming very, very good at her job, which is to sing. If you listen to her early performances versus this one, you can tell she has improved by leaps and bounds. I felt awful for her early in the performance when she was clearly having issues with her ear pieces. She is very pitchy if she can’t hear herself, and it showed during the first minute or so. But once that was resolved she sounded amazing. From what I understand she’s put a lot of time into voice lessons over the past decade and I think it shows.

    IOW, I am not sipping the haterade at all anymore. I believe Katy has matured and made an effort to educate herself. Does anyone else remember her saying – about a year or two ago – that she regretted not getting a formal education in college? She seems to have taken steps to remediate her former ignorance.

    D@mmit, I might actually be turning into a Katy stan. I admire people who take the time to learn and grow.

    And on a superficial note, she looked absolutely stunning last night. LOVE that body-con dress.

  24. HONEYB says:

    Yes. An uneducated pop star advocating a candidate. Sit down. Shut up.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      As I said up thread, are we all just complimenting and swooning because she’s a Hillary Stan (and the Swift drama of late) or would we be as complimentary if she were at the RNC performing or at a Bernie or Bust event?

      I just don’t like it when stars get political. One way or another. And yes I’m a Hillary Stan.

    • Incognito says:

      She may be uneducated, which she admits, but it doesn’t mean she hasn’t researched the political candidates and formed an opinion on which candidate she supports. She still gets a voice and a vote. And if she wants to declare her support for a particular candidate, that’s her choice entirely.

      I wasn’t annoyed when Scott Baio or Antonio Sabato Jr. declared their support at the RNC. Or when the GE Smith band or the country singer, the name escapes me at the moment, performed at the RNC.

  25. Lilacflowers says:

    But where was left shark?

  26. Nibbi says:

    i like her. she looked amazing and sang well. i can dig that she was on the hillary train with conviction from the beginning.

  27. Abigail says:

    She’s far more interesting in her music than Taylor (for example), and I’ve liked much of what she’s done. Bravo to her for taking such a prominent political stand! It makes me like her even more.
    And her voice sounded really good last night.

  28. adastraperaspera says:

    I thought both Katy and Chloe Moretz presented as sincere advocates for political participation in the democratic process. I don’t have a problem with celebrities using their platforms to advance their opinions. It’s been done since Al Jolson wrote a campaign song and stumped for Warren Harding in 1920. The fact is, the U.S. needs more citizens to vote, and whatever it takes to make that happen is alright with me.

    http://www.rockthevote.com/

  29. Sunshine says:

    I don’t see why celebrity status means you can’t be involved in politics, as any of the rest of us can if we want. She has been there from the beginning, obviously genuine and as others have said, risks losing money through being so public with her opinions. Putting her money where her mouth is, you could say. Don’t see why her lack of education or intelligence is relevant either. She has had enough smarts to reassess the politics she was born into and come up with her own opinions. A lot of more educated people fail to do this. So good on her.
    As for Orlando, that was very sweet, and sweet too was her tweet giving him credit for helping her write her speech. Compared to all the Tiddlesbanging these two seem almost secretive and classy. Much more the real deal. Hope it works for them….odds are against them sadly.

  30. amp122076 says:

    Need to know her lip color.

  31. Chris says:

    I’m neither here nor there on celebrity endorsements, but give whoever got this outfit together a raise. Katy looks great, the designer choice is appropriate to the venue / significance of the event, and the stars and stripes necklace is just the right touch of Katy Perry kitsch.

  32. jferber says:

    Katy looks fantastic. I’ve never been a fan, but now that she’s endorsed Hillary, I give her props for making the only choice that is reasonable. I hope she encourages other twenty-something voters to do the same. She certainly likes the hot, love-’em-and-leave-’em bad boys, but to each her own. I personally couldn’t handle the drama.

  33. Ellen says:

    So many of you on here are so ignorant commenting on her intelligence. Basing someone’s intelligence on their lack of a degree is so incredibly simple minded. Katy is a pop star with an image to create. That doesn’t mean that she is an air head. I am so sick of people sitting around and comparing people based on their education level. Some
    Of the dumbest people I know studied law for the status and can’t get a job. Some of the smartest I personally know are plumbers or tradies. Not typically regarded as careers for “intelligent people”. It’s so infuriating. Your career path does not = overall intelligence and potential.

    For Katy to make it to where she is in life, I believe she is pretty damn smart. Probably smarter than half of us on here who are judging her for being a “bimbo”. She’s probably no secret genius but I doubt she’s close to dumb.

    Sorry about my rant but these comments were seriously bothering me. I’m not a huge Katy perry fan but I’m glad she did this for Hilary. Americas focus on Hollywood and the entertainment industry is huge and could use all the help they need to avoid trump from destroying the country.

  34. jferber says:

    Ellen, you are 100 percent correct. I agree with everything you said so eloquently. I have always believed this to be true.

  35. Veronica says:

    Regardless of how I feel about celebrities getting political, I’ll give her the credit that she’s actually DOING something that makes her come across as more than a vapid pop star. She’s exhibiting passion for something that’s not necessarily safe for her image, which is a big move from what we’ve previously seen from her.