Pop star Katy Perry wasn’t afraid to make a political statement while performing her new hit single “Chained to the Rhythm” at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12. The singer wore an armband with the word “Persist” on it, as well as a Planned Parenthood pin on the lapel of her jacket.
The singer appeared on stage to perform her best style rendering of Mackenzie Davis in “Halt and Catch Fire” in a New Wave-themed black-and-white pantsuit designed by Tom Ford and bleached blonde hairstyle, Vox reports. She additionally wore a Planned Parenthood logo on her lapel.
She also sported an armband that featured the bedazzled red word “Persist,” which alluded to the “nevertheless, she persisted” reprimand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in early February when explaining the Republican majority’s decision to block Warren from speaking further on Jeff Session’s confirmation hearing for attorney general.
His statement “she persisted” was taken up by the feminist cause.
Styled by Jamie Mizrahi, Perry performed her latest popular single with Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, behind a theatrical fence. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the on-stage fence was part of Perry’s statement against President Donald Trump’s travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries and his desire to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
Perry wrapped up her performance with a shout of, “No hate!” as the U.S. Constitution was projected behind the duo as they held hands.
Her song’s lyrics also struck a defiant tone that went along with the theme of her performance, particularly the hook: “So comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, bubble / So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, trouble.”
The lyrics of the song later communicate: “Are we tone deaf? / Keep sweeping it under the mat… / Thought we could do better than that / I hope we can”
The singer’s Grammy Awards 2017 performance is in line with her support for liberal political causes in recent months. She was an unabashed supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton throughout the campaign run-up to the election in November.
She and boyfriend Orlando Bloom pulled off the look and appearance of Hillary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Halloween last year when they wore costumes of the famous political pair.
Moreover, Perry commented right after the election that Hillary “lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day.” It’s clear Perry will continue to make political statements in favor of her favorite liberal causes.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Vox / Photo credit: WENN via She Knows, FilmMagic via The Hollywood Reporter, Planned Parenthood/Twitter