While her Super Bowl performance was epic and just so over the top wonderful, her Grammys performance will be a little more somber.
Katy is going to team up with Brooke Axtell, an activist and survivor of domestic violence. They’ll perform together, with Axtell reading a written-word piece while Perry will perform her ballad By the Grace of God.
“It’s an honor to collaborate with Katy in this way. She has been very devoted to various aspects of female empowerment. It’s going to bring a lot of encouragement and freedom to those who hear my story and know that they are not alone in this. It has been deeply interconnected to my recovery process to be very vocal. There is still such a stigma about being transparent about this kind of struggle and survivors have nothing to be ashamed of. I believe that when we bring all our fear and shame into the light, that is when we find healing and freedom.”
The whole idea of bringing together Axtell and Perry belongs to Grammy producer Ken Erlich. He apparently had the idea to have a domestic violence message in the show after a counsel meeting with White House officials last year.
“I started thinking about it and said, ‘There is probably an opportunity here to do something really important.’ It is one thing to have Katy sing, but why would we not want to accompany it with someone’s personal experience who could humanize [domestic violence] and make it relatable to millions of men and women who are survivors.”
Wow, that’s a really really great thing to do for tons of people!
Axtell herself, was very touched, saying:
“I am deeply grateful for the male allies that are taking a stand against this form of injustice. I respect and admire that they are willing to use their sphere of influence to create change. I don’t see myself as a victim. I see myself as a warrior for peace and healing. I’ve taken back my power and now I want to honor and elevate the voices of those who have been silenced by abuse.”
Amen!! The Grammys are a huge platform for such a great message.
Maybe it’ll bring a little strength and empowerment to those who need it around the country.
What a great idea, we can’t wait to see Axtell and Perry’s performance!