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[GIFS] 11 Times Katy Perry Made Everyone Forget They Were Watching The Super Bowl

From the gigantic metal lion and dancing sharks to fire cannons and a flying shooting star, the pop goddess' certainly put on a fantastically over-the-top show.

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The annual Super Bowl may not be everyone's cup of tea - unless you're an avid fan of American football, that is - but you can almost always count on the half-time performance to get millions of Americans tuning in

In most years since the early 1990s, the halftime show of the Super Bowl has featured popular recording artists and other well-known celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars. The performance is regarded one of the most-watched events in American television annually with over 100 million viewers in the United States alone.

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Katy Perry headlines this year's half-time show and despite initial doubts, managed to exceed expectations with a full-on spectacle involving loads of firepower and cutesy dancers. Check out the highlights here:

1. Kicking off her performance with 'Roar', Katy Perry makes her grand entrance atop a giant metallic lion (yes, it moves too!) amidst exploding fireworks

Of course, the Internet immediately began making hilarious comparisons between the singer's fiery costume with other pop culture icons




2. Launching straight into 'Dark Horse' upon descending her metal steed, Katy strutted her stuff among chess pieces wrapped in silver foil

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3. Making a brief appearance for a rocked out version of 'I Kissed A Girl', oldie but hottie Lenny Kravitz does not seem to have aged a day!

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Image via mtv.tumblr.com

4. Even Katy Perry cannot resist head-banging in the rock god's presence. Also, wow, there's so much FIRE.

5. Fake palm trees, cutesy beach balls and surfboards aside, these two dancing sharks are - hands down - the best part of Katy's 12-minute performance. PETA approves too!

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6. Katy brings out her 'California Gurls' in kitschy polka-dot bikini... and don't think we didn't see you creepin' in the background, waves!

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7. Missy Elliott makes a long-awaited comeback to the live stage for the first time in years...

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8. ... and proves that she's still got what it takes! Nicki who?

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9. Katy sought to end her set on a high note with 'Firework', soaring over the field atop a shooting star platform

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Side Note: We hope Kim Jong-un is watching this.

10. We're seriously wondering if Katy drew inspiration from Internet memes for this performance. #themoreyouknow

11. How can you not end a spectacularly over-the-top performance with MORE FIREWORKS?

Watch the entire performance HERE:

In case you didn't get the Kim Jong-un reference:

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