The NFL definitely wasn't going to get Prince again. These days, it's a good look for the Super Bowl if it got Beyonce again—not vice versa. So we're stuck with Katy Perry—career hitmaker, sometimes cultural appropriator.
You were definitely not alone if you sighed at the idea of Perry at the Super Bowl. It does make sense, though. She moves units, and she's somewhat of a legend by default. Teenage Dream's six Top Five singles are the most in one album since Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. Does this mean the album is just as great? Hell no. But the fact is it pushed Perry's popularity into the stratosphere. I worked at Cold Stone during the summer of Teenage Dream. The spot's playlist included countless repeats of "California Gurls" and "Fireworks." Trust me. I know.
That said, you don't have to look at Perry's performance in exasperation, like, "This is what we're stuck with." We've seen worse, and although her music rarely gets past decent, the consensus is Perry throws a lot into her performances. A lot can happen in 12 minutes. Perry won't suck, and let's explore why with 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Sleep on Katy Parry's Super Bowl Halftime Show.