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Perry wore a traditional Japanese dress during her show-starting performance of “Unconditionally” as scores of colorfully clad dancers waved fans, danced in front of rice-paper screens and played the drums.
Perry was the early focal point of the awards show, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, arriving on the red carpet in a black strapless dress to screams from hundreds of fans. She said before the show she wanted to up her game, given the chance to open, and the whirling stage production was a wash of colors and movements before Perry disappeared in a puff of smoke.
“I appreciate all the other awards shows for what they are,” Perry said in an earlier interview. “Some are just kind of shock jock shows. Some are just like, ‘Hey, let’s see how many celebrities we can get together.’ Some are actually legitimate like the Grammys, and the AMAs is a very legitimate show with musicality to it.”
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