album cover for Smile by Katy PerryThe world’s enduring romance with Katy Perry is full of the kinds of milestones that prove the Californian artist could never have been a flash in the cupcake pan. Her sixth album Smile – out next Friday – is hotly anticipated by both critics and devoted fans.

We already looked at her special connection with Down Under earlier this week, and now we’re taking another geez at her massive 2015 Super Bowl performance – the one with the dancing sharks and the giant, golden, low-poly lion – which is still the highest-rated halftime show in the history of the event.

In preparation for her performance, Perry watched previous halftime shows by Madonna (2012), Beyoncé (2014), Diana Ross (1996) and Michael Jackson (1993), and met with Bruno Mars (who’d appeared in Beyoncé’s halftime performance) to seek his advice on prepping for the giant affair. Perry created four costumes in collaboration with designer and creative director of fashion house Moschino, Jeremy Scott. Scott later revealed that Perry had to complete each wardrobe change in under ten seconds, hence the looks were designed to nest into one another like Russian dolls: “Four looks on one performer is really pushing it,” he said.

Katy Perry performing at the Superbowl in 2015, with back-up sharks

Entering the arena on an enormous mechanical lion, Perry performed Roar in an orange and yellow ‘flame’ dress; this was followed by Dark Horse, during which acrobats spun around the stage. Lenny Kravitz then turned up for a duet of Perry’s debut hit I Kissed A Girl. After a set-change to a balmy tropical paradise, Perry performed California Gurls and Teenage Dream in a beachball-inspired two-piece of halter and skirt. The antics of one of her full-body shark-costumed back-up dancers during the latter song saw an immediate deluge of memes online. (Perry’s lawyers later tried to register a trademark for ‘Left Shark’, but were rejected.)

After this section, Perry changed into a custom Super Bowl 49 jersey as Missy Elliott entered stage to perform her tracks Get Ur Freak On, Work It, and Lose Control. The final number saw Perry in a gleaming silver Moschino gown dotted with stars, riding a shooting star stage prop which soared in celestial glamour over the crowd as she sang her smash Firework.

Perry’s performance garnered rave reviews across the board, and two days later it was revealed the halftime show received more viewers than the Super Bowl game itself (118.5 million versus 114.4 million, respectively, within the US).

Smile by Katy Perry is out August 28 via Capitol/EMI.

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