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Katy Perry killed it. And no, we're not being sarcastic.

Sunday night’s Super Bowl was packed with a few surprises.

From Idina Menzel to the super talented Katy Perry – yes, we think she is super talented – the stage was alive.

While Fusion’s Molly Fitzpatrick went so far as to pen a piece titled, “The Best Part of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show Was Literally Everything But Katy Perry,” we at AM Tonight decided to stand by Perry.

How could you say that Perry was terrible, when she came out dressed like a bag of Cheetos? And Will Ferrell in “Blades of Glory?” And Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games?”

While yes, she did have some help on the stage from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, but they too, were amazing. None of this greatness last night would’ve been possible without Perry.

Which other artist understands this generation well enough to reference “The More You Know,” shark gummies, and Ghost Busters, all while bringing back the single best song from most of our high school years?

Perry’s willingness to share the stage with people who are arguably more talented than her proves her genius. If you loved everything around her, then you kinda love Katy Perry – because she surrounds herself with the right people. That is not always an easy thing to do. Above all else, if you loved the theatrics of her show, then you have to agree that Perry is a performer who consistently delivers an escape from the ordinary…and, last night, she provided that escape for everyone who feels the way most of us do about football.

In other news, thanks to a new diverse cast, Saturday Night Live was able to get in some Super Bowl action. Just like any good college brochure wants us to believe, SNL is actually starting to diversify!

Is this “diversity” encouraging old cast members to return to the show? Eddie Murphy – who was banned from the show by, well, himself – is set to return to the SNL stage for its 40th anniversary special, airing on Feb. 15.

Katy Perry killed it. And no, we're not being sarcastic.

Sunday night’s Super Bowl was packed with a few surprises.

From Idina Menzel to the super talented Katy Perry – yes, we think she is super talented – the stage was alive.

While Fusion’s Molly Fitzpatrick went so far as to pen a piece titled, “The Best Part of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show Was Literally Everything But Katy Perry,” we at AM Tonight decided to stand by Perry.

How could you say that Perry was terrible, when she came out dressed like a bag of Cheetos? And Will Ferrell in “Blades of Glory?” And Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games?”

While yes, she did have some help on the stage from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott, but they too, were amazing. None of this greatness last night would’ve been possible without Perry.

Which other artist understands this generation well enough to reference “The More You Know,” shark gummies, and Ghost Busters, all while bringing back the single best song from most of our high school years?

Perry’s willingness to share the stage with people who are arguably more talented than her proves her genius. If you loved everything around her, then you kinda love Katy Perry – because she surrounds herself with the right people. That is not always an easy thing to do. Above all else, if you loved the theatrics of her show, then you have to agree that Perry is a performer who consistently delivers an escape from the ordinary…and, last night, she provided that escape for everyone who feels the way most of us do about football.

In other news, thanks to a new diverse cast, Saturday Night Live was able to get in some Super Bowl action. Just like any good college brochure wants us to believe, SNL is actually starting to diversify!

Is this “diversity” encouraging old cast members to return to the show? Eddie Murphy – who was banned from the show by, well, himself – is set to return to the SNL stage for its 40th anniversary special, airing on Feb. 15.

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