Here’s a look back at Katy Perry’s electrifying performance at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. Secrets from her performance have been leaking out as all eyes will be on Coldplay on Sunday, Feb. 7.
The “Dark Horse” singer will be noticeably absent from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Fans won’t seem to mind since Beyonce and Bruno Mars will be performing alongside Coldplay on Sunday night. But it was Perry who gave us Left Shark and helped resurrect Missy Elliott’s career. Not to mention, Perry lit up the stage with her colorful costumes.
Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show was the most watched in Super Bowl history, according to Billboard. It was seen by 118.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. The performance even earned Katy an Emmy nomination that year.
Now the infamous Left Shark, Matty Clark, is speaking out about that performance to Fusion. Katy Perry’s backup dance commemorated that moment by getting a tattoo of his Left Shark costume on his ankle prior to his Super Bowl debut.
“Unfortunately, it [isn’t] some cool story about my love of these majestic creatures. A couple of years ago I got black-out drunk at a music festival and a bunch of my friends, saying, ‘I’m Matty Shark b**ch!’ The nickname just stuck. People call me Shark, and for gift-giving holidays I get a lot of shark paraphernalia.”
Although becoming an internet sensation and viral meme was exciting at first, Clark revealed that he quickly grew tired of the jokes.
“At first it was kind of exciting, but it got pretty old and weird by day two. My phone was exploding, as was all my social media, and I had to answer a zillion questions about it. People were in awe but it was just a tattoo! Slow news day, I guess.”
He was also asked if he thinks there will be a viral meme at this year’s Super Bowl.
“No way Coldplay is boring. I hope someone does get something though! Maybe it’ll be some new bizarre new Super Bowl tradition. I did think it was funny when that ‘what color is this dress’ viral thing started happening and a guy got the tattoo, like, hey man, is this a thing now?”
But Coldplay front man Chris Martin promises fans that they will deliver their own “Left Shark” moment during their Super Bowl Halftime show. Martin joked that they wanted to one-up Katy Perry by having an impressive army of sharks on stage with them.
“We’ve got Left Shark, Middle Shark, Front Shark, Back Shark, Two Right Sharks, and the reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem, in which case there’s going to be a Pepsi logo flashed onscreen.”
Meanwhile, Bruno Mars confirms that he will keep the crowd grooving during the Super Bowl halftime show, even without Left Shark by his side. He shared a photo of himself on Instagram arriving to Levi’s Stadium along with the caption: “It ain’t a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn’t show up.”
Entertainment Weekly spoke with Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show director, Hamish Hamilton, for the behind-the-scenes secrets about how Left Shark stole the show that night. Even he’s baffled as to how Perry’s backup dancer became a viral meme.
“I don’t know how anybody on the team had any idea that Left Shark was going to become such a cultural phenomenon. We were trying to work out how we could bring a beach scene to life.”
Both Hamilton and Rob Paine will produce Coldplay’s halftime show, which they promise will include “a few pieces that have the potential to become viral moments.”
Justin Timberlake and Rihanna have also been rumored to make an appearance at the halftime show, but has yet to be confirmed. In addition, Beyonce dropped her surprise single and video “Formation,” which has been trending on social media all day long on Saturday. Now fans are even more excited for Queen Bey’s appearance.
For now, you can reminisce by watching Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show in the full-length video below.
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