Katy Perry's 2015 Grammys Performance Will Feature A Domestic Abuse Survivor
After a Super Bowl performance full of dancing sharks, roaring lions, and shooting stars, Katy Perry's 2015 Grammys performance will slow things down. The singer will perform with domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell, singing her ballad "By the Grace of God" while the Austin-based activist performs a written-word piece. It is bound to be emotional and powerful, especially considering that Perry told Billboard that she wrote the song about contemplating suicide after her divorce from Russell Brand. Ultimately the lyrics explain that she got back up again, singing, "I put one foot in front of the other and I looked in the mirror and decided to stay. Wasn't gonna let love take me out that way."
This collaboration came together because of Grammy producer Ken Elrich, who hopes to use Axtell's personal experiences to "humanize [domestic violence] and make it relatable to millions of men and women who are survivors." And for that, Axtell says she is incredibly thankful — especially for the support of both males and females. "I am deeply grateful for the male allies that are taking a stand against this form of injustice," she told People. "I respect and admire that they are willing to use their sphere of influence to create change."
Perry is the final announced performer at the 2015 Grammys, and the long list also includes Madonna, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and many more. However, there's one pop princess we won't see onstage: Taylor Swift will not perform at the Grammys so she can focus on her 1989 tour. Hopefully there won't be any "Bad Blood" between Swift and Perry at the Grammys off stage, either — maybe this will even be their time to kiss and make up.