Katy Perry took American Music Awards viewers on a trip to Japan during a sophisticated and oft-high flying opening performance of new single "Unconditionally" on Sunday.
Draped in geisha-inspired clothing -- which she kept on, completely -- Perry and her cadre of background dancers made good use of strobes, confetti and gigantic stage-enveloping screens playing colorful scenes of the Orient.
At one point at least three of her dancers took flight as Perry's vocal began to soar during the song's chorus. (Props to Katy for singing completely live with no apparent self-backing tracks.)
"Unconditionally" is the second single off Perry's "PRISM" and this week rises to No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The somewhat understated AMAs performance arrives just days after Perry released the Brent Bonacorso-directed video for the song.
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