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Katy Perry gives Vancouver fans a sugar rush

Published in the Vancouver Sun on July 20, 2011


Katy Perry has her unwavering confidence to thank for the giant, cotton candy Cloud Nine she’s been riding since her breakthrough single I Kissed A Girl hit the airwaves in 2008.

Sure, her blue wigs and cupcake bras are hot. Her cleavage-parading outfits and volcanic stage fireworks are titillating. But in the end, Perry’s most attractive quality isn’t her outrageous fashion sense or larger-than-life concerts.

Perry’s international appeal boils down to her unabashed and sometimes goofy character.

The 26-year-old American pop superstar, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, proved to a sold-out Rogers Arena Tuesday night that sexy doesn’t always equal Daisy Duke bikinis and smooching the cherry lip gloss off your ladyfriends. Although the chart-topper definitely flaunted her svelte shape in cute Candyland-inspired latex dresses, it was Perry’s quirky, comedic and perhaps awkward personality that melted the popsicles of 14,000 fans.

As proved by some of her more unique music videos, Katy Perry’s got guts. She’s got spunk. And she’s not afraid to put herself out there. One minute the Grammy Award-winning artist is spraying whipped cream out of her bra, singing alongside reefer king Snoop Dogg in California Gurls. The next, she’s a geeky mess of poofy hair and headgear, slurping back the spit between her braces as she mourns a broken solar system diorama in Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).

Perry’s fearlessness made an appearance onstage Tuesday night. It shone through all of her glittering costumes and surfed over the sea of swirling lollipops. Add in two albums’ worth of catchy, saccharine pop songs and you’ve got a gig that’s more fun than waking up in Vegas.

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