Before the 2015 Grammys even started to air on CBS, Katy Perry said in an interview with E! that she was looking at the performance of “By the Grace of God” tonight as a nice way for her to almost put an end on her “Prism” album. The disc has been out for a good stretch of time now, and she has done everything from a world tour to perform at the Super Bowl using songs from that record. This will likely be the last single.
While we’re not entirely sure if something this emotional will be a hit on the radio, it certainly was a magnificent song to listen to live. Perry used to be criticized in her early days for her abilities to sing live, and we never fully understood that. She’s just like any other performer in that the more you move and dance, the harder it is to hit every note. Trying running a marathon and singing the whole time – not an easy task for many.
For this performance, she stood extremely still, and allowed you to be just carried away by the lyrics and the power of the visuals. The backdrop felt almost like one of those shadow acts from “America’s Got Talent,” and the performance was preceded by a message from Barack Obama and a domestic violence survivor. This is an especially moving moment on the show when you consider the current narrative that exists in the headlines.
While Perry was nominated tonight, we know as of this writing that she has lost out already to Sam Smith.
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