The only religious experience most people have at football games is when they pray that their team will win.
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However, Katy Perry says the prospect of sharing her music with millions during the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday is so profound, it borders on the spiritual.
At a Thursday press conference, Perry revealed two of the songs she'll be performing -- her hits "Roar" and "Firework" -- and said that singing them for people who may not be familiar with them is a great opportunity.
"I just have heard so many stories along the way of those songs helping people and how they have adopted them as their inspiration," she told reporters. "And I think in some ways, I'll be performing maybe for the first time for some of these people. This might be the first time people see me ever performing, and I get to play these songs. And to me, they're very uplifting. So I just feel like in some ways it's a spiritual experience for me, a little bit."
In planning her Super Bowl show, Perry took inspiration from two huge female stars who've performed during halftime over the past few years.
"When I look back at the different performers that I admire -- like Beyonce, of course, who brings that incredible strength and sass and flips her hair like nobody else can, and Madonna, who brought some incredible graphic design and choreography...I kind of wanted to do a combination of both," she said. "But I think what I bring is just some light-heartedness."
Perry also noted that she didn't have to kill herself to get in shape for her big performance on Sunday because the show is coming right in the middle of her Prismatic world tour, which she's already more than 100 shows deep into.
"I think this opportunity is coming at such an incredible time for me because I'm already in a routine of, like, prepping every day and being show-ready," she explained.
However, she pointed out that her halftime show isn't just a retread of her concert. It's something completely new.
"I made a whole different show for this particular halftime show. So we've spent many a months on curating such a wonderful show," she explained.
Perry told Billboard that she prepared for her performance by seeking advice from last year's halftime performer: Bruno Mars.
She shared with the publication a text that she sent to Mars. It reads: "Hello, exclusive Super Bowl club member! I was wondering if you are in L.A. at all this month and would have tea with a sister who is about to throw up with nervousness re: [football emoji]."
The text continued, "I've heard about your process through our managers, but am wondering if you had more insight on important things like, spray tan the night before or three nights before? [Joke], or maybe not!" No word on what he replied.
Perry will take the Super Bowl stage Sunday night, along with Lenny Kravitz and a surprise female performer, who she described as a "throwback."
After her Super Bowl performance, Katy will resume her Prismatic World Tour with a series of concerts in Europe, beginning mid-February. She's also just announced new dates for Asia, including a stop in Tokyo on April 25 and 26.