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Katy Perry's Super Bowl set joins long, strange halftime show history
Katy Perry's Super Bowl set joins long, strange halftime show history

Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show headlined by Katy Perry was in some ways the most perfect marriage of a pop world star with Football’s Biggest Day, the former cheerleader mining a trove of hits often built on “push-‘em-back, push-‘em-back, waaaaaay-back”-inspired choruses. As colleague Mikael Wood points out in his assessment of the nearly 13-minute production, which also featured drop-ins by rocker Lenny Kravitz and rapper Missy Elliot, there was little effort wasted on subtlety or nuance. For the opening number “Roar,” Perry road in on a gargantuan puppeteered lion, drafted Kravitz to shred on “I Kissed a Girl,” cavorted...

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