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Outfitted by her stylist Johnny Wujek in designs by Jeremy Scott, the pop singer took the University of Phoenix Stadium stage on Sunday afternoon with seasoned ease, filling her 12½-minute set with her most memorable hits.
She kicked it all off with “Roar,” sung while atop a massive metallic lion with red eyes.
She followed that up with “Dark Horse” as dancers dressed as metallic chess pieces traveled a makeshift grid. And, as promised, there were plenty of flames on her first dress.
Her guest performer, Lenny Kravitz, then briefly joined her in a leather jacket and chainmail-style tank for a head-banging rendition of her breakout track, “I Kissed a Girl.”
The stage then transformed into a cartoon beach with dancing palm trees, beach balls, waves and sharks (complete with clouds around the top of the arena) as Perry emerged in a retro, beach ball-inspired skirt and bustier for “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls.”
Perry’s other guest, Missy Elliott — whose name was kept under wraps but who was previously teased as an “old-school” female singer who, upon appearing, “I think jaws will drop and faces will melt” — came out stomping for “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It,” with Perry rapping along to the choruses. Elliott closed her section with “Lose Control.”
As for Perry, the singer — in a star-covered gown — closed her halftime show by flying across the arena as part of a shooting star during “Firework,” as fireworks launched from atop the arena. “Thank you! God bless America!” she shouted at the end.
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