Pop star Katy Perry wore a “Persist” armband during her performance at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night in what appeared to be a political statement against President Donald Trump.
Perry, a prominent Hillary Clinton celebrity consigliere during the presidential campaign, donned the political gear while performing her new song, “Chained to the Rhythm.”
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Fellow singer Skip Marley joined the pop star for the performance.
At the end of the performance, Perry stood in front of a wall with a U.S. Constitution backdrop and the words “We the People” projected onto it.
The armband could be a reference to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement about Sen. Elizabeth Warren during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing this week, when Warren attempted to read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King that criticized Sessions: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
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“No hate,” Perry screamed as the audience exploded in applause.
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The new song is the first single from the singer’s forthcoming album and serves as an introduction to what could be the singer’s new era of politically-charged music.
Despite performing at the ceremony Sunday night, Perry has never won a Grammy Award.
Earlier this month, the singer promised to usher in an “era of Purposeful Pop.”
We gonna call this era Purposeful Pop. 👁 https://t.co/fCllqtlRTm
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