Katy Perry & Lionel Richie will perform at King Charles’s coronation concert

It’s been forgotten in recent weeks, given the outsized conversation about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s failure to RSVP to the coronation, then the announcement that only Harry planned to go, but there’s been a lot of chaos around the coronation concert. The idea was always that King Charles and Queen Camilla would do the coronation “crowning” ceremony in London, at Westminster Abbey, then they would go to Windsor Castle later that day and enjoy a festive concert. The problem was that no one wanted to perform at the stupid concert – Adele, Ed Sheeran and Kylie Minogue all turned down the palace’s very public overtures, and there was some talk about how most artists are being advised to avoid the coronation like the plague. Enter Katy Perry. In 2020, then-Prince Charles appointed Katy to an ambassadorship for the British Asian Trust. The appointment was widely and deservedly mocked. But it’s a connection, and now Katy is heading over to England to perform at the Chubbly concert.

Katy Perry, Take That and Lionel Richie are among the first names to be announced for King Charles III’s coronation concert. It is set to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle on 7 May, with an audience of more than 20,000 people. Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and Freya Ridings will also be performing at the celebration. The show will be based on themes of love, respect and optimism.

Perry, who has sold 57 million albums worldwide, has a connection with King Charles III, who appointed her in 2020 to the British Asian Trust. She said she is “excited” to be performing and “helping to shine a further light” on the trust’s children’s protection fund, which raises money for causes including finding solutions to child trafficking”.’’

Richie, who was the first global ambassador of The Prince’s Trust charity, has called the coronation concert “a once-in-a-lifetime event” and an “honour and celebration”.

Robbie Williams is not expected to perform alongside the rest of his Take That band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, who haven’t performed together in four years. They said “we can’t wait” to be back on stage and have promised a live band, orchestra and military drummers to accompany their performance.

There will also be nods to the four nations of the UK, with community choirs and singing groups combining to form the 300-strong Coronation Choir, which will be coached by Amanda Holden and Motsi Mabuse ahead of their performance. A Commonwealth choir group will also perform, by appearing virtually. A light show with drone displays, lasers, projections and illuminations is billed as one of the highlights of the evening.

The concert, produced by BBC Studios, will be broadcast live from the grounds of Winsor Castle on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. The event will reflect a broad mix of music genres from pop to classical along with spoken word and dance. It will be attended by members of the public plus a few royal guests.

[From BBC]

This is so low-energy, my God. The BBC sounds so rote, like even they can’t polish this turd. No offense to Lionel Richie – an icon – or even Katy Perry, who regularly sells out stadiums. But WTF does Katy Perry have to do with Britain or the coronation? She’s been married to two British guys, sure, but she’s not a British citizen. None of her songs are about kings or coronations or anything. What is she going to sing? “Teenage Dream”? “I Kissed a Girl”? Obvs, she’ll do “Firework.” A hit from 13 years ago. Anyway, as much as I believe the crowning will be a sh-tshow, nothing will compare to this weaksauce Chubbly concert.

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  1. HeyKay says:

    Ugh. I don’t see this as a good move on KPs part.
    Meanwhile, Adele, Elton, Ed S are all “Yup, glad I got my Nope in early.”

    • FC says:

      My dream is for Elton and Adele to attend Archie’s birthday, then a blurry video to drop of them casually hanging in the crowd singing happy birthday to Archie a la Portia’s birthday video.

    • EM says:

      I’ve always been sort of meh about Katy but I watched about 10 minutes of her American Idol and good lord she’s obnoxious and thoroughly unlikable IMO. So the news of her attending makes sense to me.

      • Sugarhere says:

        I’m having a psychic visual of 12 years from now: Dame Katie Perry making a disclaimer that King William has dedicated a lifetime successfully terminating racism in the cricket team. Mark my words!

      • Sugarhere says:

        Katy Perry’s birth name is Katheryn Elizabeth, by the way. Rings a bell?

        Perhaps she was destined to be on the wrong side of history, on the wrong side of the ocean…

        Her attending makes sense to me, too.

    • zazzoo says:

      It’s interesting that they’re only able to book American artists, but I can see how the association with this version of the RF is much more problematic for British artists. Doesn’t really matter if media interviews ask Katy Perry or Lionel Ritchie if they’re monarchists, which means nothing in the U.S.

  2. ThatsNotOkay says:

    It’s an American Idol crossover event. ABC should get broadcast rights. And yeah, it’s so low energy and unserious. If only Charles had been a better person, father-in-law, husband, any of the above–he coulda had a concert for the ages. Now it’s just…in-your-face irrelevancy.

    • Eurydice says:

      I was just going to post – they couldn’t get Luke Bryan, too?

    • TOM says:

      This is just weird, man. I mean, why not throw in The Beach Boys while we’re at it.
      Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are more like the headliners for the 4th of July concert live from D.C. on PBS and followed by fireworks, the audience made up of veterans and military brass.

      • Anne says:

        Hey, no need to diss the Beach Boys! I actually think they wouldn’t have gone anywhere near this thing? Or if they did, it would just be for fun.

    • Kathleen says:

      For a RF with such contempt for Americanism and Hollywood, they are certainly counting on the US for any glitz and glamour they can scrape up.

  3. Ang says:

    Were there no British stars who wanted to participate??? Hilarious. Not even commonwealth? Eg Drake or Beiber? Hahaha

    • Jennifer says:

      I guess not!

    • CC says:

      Maybe Katy Perry is looking a buying a property currently owned by Charles? Or she performs this year, next year Orlando Bloom quietly receives a knighthood?

    • lucy2 says:

      It is pretty funny, they had to go outside the UK to find anyone willing.
      Why Kate and Lionel said yes, I can’t imagine.

      • Jensa says:

        They both have links to Prince Charles via charity patronages. I think that, basically, Charles has called in a favour (because no one else wants to be involved with this lousy concert) and they felt they couldn’t say no.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        That is a very plausible explanation @Jensa.

        My 80’s heart loves that a Flock of Seagulls & Wang Chung will be at Summerfest.

  4. Becks1 says:

    The concert will be attended by members of the public plus “a few royals guests”? that sounds incredibly…..underwhelming, lol.

    This is definitely the palace calling in a favor from Katy Perry. I think she’ll do a fun performance but yeah……..this concert is not what Charles was hoping for, lol.

  5. equality says:

    Should have gone one way or the other, either celebs or local groups/commonwealth groups. I think, personally, the second choice would have been far better to show unity. Could he not find anyone with Asian roots to be his ambassador? What have either KP or KC done for the trust to “shine a light”?

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “She said she is “excited” to be performing and “helping to shine a further light” on the trust’s children’s protection fund, which raises money for causes including finding solutions to child trafficking”.’’

    She could just ask Prince Andrew about this when she preforms, he may have some ideas, ahem.

    • La Dolce Vita says:


      So true.

      First thing that occurred to me when I read that ludicrous quote!

  7. Mary Pester says:

    Oh dear, oh dear, maybe Katy should take a good hard look at Andrew and, if the rumours were true, Charlie’s mentor before she talks about “shining a light” on “solutions to child trafficking” *. Please someone, have a quiet word with her

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Being fair there is also Charles friend and confidant Jimmy Saville a serial child abuser, and Laurens Van Der Post, (Charles friend and Prince William’s godfather) that abused and fathered a child with a 14 year old when he was 46, then of course there was Charles friendship with Bishop Peter Bell, a man that sexually abused many boys. So many options to gain insight from.

      • NJGR says:

        @zapp – that list of Charles’s sex-predator associates is even worse than I realized

      • bisynaptic says:

        You left out Lord Mounbatten, who was very fond of Asian boys, allegedly.

      • La Dolce Vita says:

        As @bisynaptic said, Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin, was also a notorious paedophile.

  8. Brit says:

    They’ve should’ve asked Jlo too, lol. But I thought everyone loved Charles in Hollywood, lol. I feel like the press and palace have been trying to manifest popularity and interest and it’s had the opposite effect. This is truly embarrassing for everyone involved. This is giving Las Vegas residency when it was considered a sign your career was ending before Celine Dion made it popular and lucrative.

    • La Dolce Vita says:

      Funny you should mention Vegas residency as that’s what Katy Perry’s been doing for the last couple of years.

  9. MsIam says:

    People online said that Bette Midler was performing but I don’t see her name here. So hopefully Bette put a stop to that if it was true. As for Lionel and Katy, I guess they are learning the price you pay to be “a friend of the King”. I wonder why Katy’s name was announced so late? She did a great job singing Firework for Biden’s inauguration. Seeing how the BM has been trashing Biden this weekend, I wonder if she’ll sing this for Chuck.

    • Lux says:

      Chuck=Dollar Tree Godfather. He does you no favors, but when he calls you, you better be prepared to do one for him. Or else…*insert DM shaming article*

    • Mary says:

      @msiam, I was wondering what happened to Bette Midler as well. What she never due to perform? Did she back out? Did the tabloids mix her up with Katy Perry? Maybe she did back out and this is why Katy Perry was asked to perform.

      Charles did appoint both Perry and Ritchie as ambassadors in recent years, so there is that connection.

      Also, Perry made disparaging comments about Meghan (e.g., “Kate won”) and was a fan of Janetti’s Instagram page which constantly mocked Meghan. So maybe it is simply a matter of BP’s wanting to invite a performer that is on their “side.”

  10. Jan says:

    The choir that performed at The Sussexes wedding will also be appearing.

  11. Mei says:

    The choirs and things associated all 4 nations will be good, but no one is tuning in just for those. No idea why they’re bringing Katy Perry over, as weird a choice as her being part of the British Asian Trust. Why not get actual British-Asian artists to duet with her if they want the draw of her there?
    Take That are beloved by older people and very boring, Lionel Ritchie might be a bit better but not for many people under 40. I wonder why Ellie Goulding isn’t performing, didn’t she perform at William and Kate’s reception? Or Tom Jones? What about Shirley Bassey? They’re both Welsh and she brings down the house with both her Bond themes. Why not get her to do the national anthem with the choir? Or get a performance from one of the many West End shows?

    I feel like I’ve thought about this for less than 5 minutes and I’ve come up with better ideas than they’ve probably spent months on…

  12. thaisajs says:

    OMG, please Katy Perry, sing “California Girls” as your first song. I’m sure the ultimate California girl will love it, at home, sitting by her pool in Montecito.

    Katy Perry aside, this line-up is so cringe.

    • Zoid says:

      This! There are only two Perry hits that are coronation appropriate IMO – Firework and Roar. Can you imagine Last Friday Night? Or I Kissed A Girl? Hot and Cold?

      Kind of wondering given how Biden obsessed they all are if she were picked for that alone. Keen isn’t the only copycat in the RF!

  13. Inge says:

    Take That are English but there only 3 left…

    • antipodean says:

      Hahahahaha, Inge, you are right, only three left! The truly talented one, Robbie, ditched the others years ago, and they have been pathetically holding on to faded glories since then! Gary Barlow is a toady of the first water (it is known)!

      • CherHorowitz says:

        As not even a take that fan in the slightest, for some reason I still feel compelled to challenge you on Robbie being the truly talented one. He may be the one with the most charisma but Gary wrote nearly all the songs and plays the instruments? I would argue he was the talent of the group.

        Nonetheless still bemused at myself that I was bothered enough to type out this comment

  14. Paulkid says:

    I am hoping that Ritchie won’t dare to sing ” Three Times A Lady”, but he likely will. Perhaps the concert crowd will vacate immediately! I think this is a poor decision for him and Perry, they should focus on the many legitimate charities that aren’t tied to racism, global theft and blatant adultery. They should have taken the hint from their British counterparts.

    • “Perhaps the concert crowd will vacate immediately!”

      True story: when I was a kid, my local radio station hosted one of those free outdoor summer concerts that I attended with a friend of mine. It was around the late 90s/early aughts and the lineup was mostly one hit wonders or minor successful acts from that time, like Baha Men and A*teens, but Lionel Richie was scheduled as the headliner and final act to perform. Unfortunately for him, the second to final act was O-Town, who were huge at the time and were the act that the majority of the crowd REALLY came to see. Almost the entire crowd left after O-Town finished, and I still remember the promoters yelling in the microphone at everyone as we were leaving, begging and pleading the crowd to stay for Lionel. I didn’t know any of Lionel’s music until I was older and now appreciate him for the musical icon he is, but to this day whenever I see his name mentioned anywhere, I STILL always think back to that concert and slightly cringe to myself in 2nd hand embarrassment on his behalf. If the exact same thing ends up happening again at his Chubbly concert, I think my mind will explode lol!

  15. C says:

    What, no 3 Doors Down like at the Trump inauguration?

  16. UnstrungPearl says:

    While I’m sure Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will give good performances, it just feels a bit of a weird choice? As others above have said – where are the British headliners (apart from a 3 man Take That?).
    Honestly most monarchists are older, and Charles should just lean into that, give up on ‘the youths’. Have orchestras, opera and regional choirs. Traditional music from around Britain would be nice too. Something authentic to him as the head of state, not a cringe attempt to be cool.
    In any case, I won’t be watching so whatever!

    • Robert Phillips says:

      The coronation has been pushed as a global event. From what I’m reading even most Englanders aren’t into it. So they got Ritchie and Perry to try to pull in some viewers from other countries. Especially the U.S. They haven’t figured out yet that since Brexit the rest of the world moved on from them.

  17. CC says:

    Katy Perry performed ‘Firework’ to close the day of Biden’s inauguration, so it’d be pathetic for Charles if she did it here. Dr. Jill can walk out early, saying, “Ooh, yeah, I’ve seen this one. And if I leave now I can stop in Dublin for a pint on the way home.”

  18. tamsin says:

    I guess Charles is okay with eventually losing all the Commonwealth realms. Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and Caribbean performers don’t seem to be first to mind. Themes of love and respect part really made me almost spit out my coffee. I guess love and respect apply to everyone else but the biracial princess.

    • Bee says:

      He wants love and respect. For him, it only goes one way.

      I respect Lionel, and even Katy. They are both hardworking musicians who have earned their success. I really wish I could see the list of those invited who declined! I would imagine Shirley Bassey – she is the first artist I’d have invited had I (god forbid) been in charge of signing up musicians for this mess.

      • SURE says:

        I’m wondering whether this list is just the “teaser” before BP announces their top line acts like Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Lulu, etc.

  19. Amy Bee says:

    Boring and underwhelming line-up. Well-deserved.

  20. C says:

    If it were me staying home I’d release a TikTok reel of myself getting ready for my kid’s party with “Hello is it me you’re looking for?” playing.

  21. Truthiness says:

    I want Lionel, Katy, and Bette Midler to send drag impersonators as those are the only queens I can celebrate and support these days.

  22. Blue Nails Betty says:

    Isn’t Gary Glitter out of prison? Maybe he can perform and then go sit between Chuckles and Andrew.

  23. CR says:

    Katy Perry is officially a sellout. $$$$$

  24. Cinder says:

    🎵 CA-LI-FORNIA GIRLS we’re unforgettable woooooooo 🎵

    *Fingers crossed*

  25. HeyKay says:

    Saw some other site saying Bette Midler MIGHT perform.
    I really hope Not.
    BM is 77, very wealthy. Why would she?

    Respect yourselves, music people. Say No.

  26. QuiteContrary says:

    It’s absolutely hilarious that none of the real British stars are performing. Chaz can’t hide that fact.

  27. Kat says:

    Gross. I’d expect nothing less from airhead Perry.

    Guess the fact that no half-decent English artists were willing to do it wasn’t a clue, huh?

  28. Pam says:

    This is SO pathetic—a who’s who of has-beens and Katy Perry, who’s just vapid as the day is long. If Diana had still been in the picture, the performers would have been beating down the doors of the Palace to get in on this.

  29. phlyfiremama says:

    Katy Perry as a British Asian “ambassador”?! *Record scratch moment

  30. HeatherC says:

    The attempted humble brag at “more than 20,000 attendants” made me laugh. I have an ampitheater by me with a capacity of 25,500 and I’ve seen it almost to actual filled many many times. Maybe I’m too spoiled by so much live music around me, but its not the flex they think it is.

  31. bisynaptic says:

    Bryn Terfel! Oh, no!

  32. Sylvia says:

    I can totally see Camilla, requesting dark horse from Katy Perry! So apropos!

  33. AC says:

    I got to see Lionel Richie perform in a concert at Lake Tahoe in 2019. He’s still so amazing, still has that great voice and the audience was singing along to all his songs. IMO, he’s truly a legend.
    Katy Perry, well her daughter is half-British maybe to celebrate that part of her heritage. And if she does perform California Girls- that would be awesome. Definitely a nod to all the popular California girls out there right now- Zendaya, Olivia Rodrigo, Jenna Ortega, and Meghan Markle- all beautiful girls of diversity and color :). Just to give all of them a reminder who are the social media influencers these days.. lol…
    But it’s pretty mind-boggling the BRF has to depend on 2 Americans (Lionel and Katy) to headline their acts for the coronation. Well the whole world still knows and sings Lionel’s iconic songs during weddings and Valentines Day, and Katy’s performance during Biden’s inauguration went viral world wide. And that’s what the BRF wants this world wide audience visibility. Funny as it has to come from Americans.

  34. La Dolce Vita says:

    “the four nations of the UK” I can’t even with the colonialism. Northern Ireland is not a nation. It is an artificially-created state within the U.K. It is part of Ireland but it is currently under British occupation.
    It would be like saying “Donbas is a nation of the U.S.S.R.”.