Unpacking a slew of hits for all of Hollywood to see, Katy Perry kicked off Pepsi and Billboard's "Summer Beats" live series with a special performance on Tuesday night (June 26). Perry's eight-song set was delivered as part of the U.S. premiere event for her revealing new Paramount Pictures film, "Katy Perry: Part of Me," which hits theaters on July 5.
"Hollywood, I'm gonna be your teenage dream tonight!" Perry told the raucous crowd on Hollywood Boulevard before launching into the title track of her best-selling sophomore album. Sporting a top that resembled an unspooled film reel, Perry emerged from a giant box of popcorn and strutted around a stage that sparkled with neon lights, overgrown lollipops and more-than-game backup dancers.
After running through No. 1 songs like "I Kissed a Girl," "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and "Part of Me," Perry delivered a poignant rendition of "Wide Awake," a song she wrote specifically for her first film. The pop star then dedicated her inspirational anthem "Firework" to "all the Sparks" before closing the set, fittingly, with "California Gurls," as beach balls and streamers rained down upon the screaming crowd.
Prior to the performance, the singer talked about the filming of "Katy Perry: Part of Me," which chronicles her rise to fame as well as her California Dreams world tour in 2011. "I hope that it inspires people to absolutely live out their dreams, no matter what obstacles they might face," said Perry.
Billboard and Pepsi gave away over 500 tickets to local Katy Perry fans through a series of tweets that revealed pop-up street teams around Los Angeles. Next up for the "Summer Beats" live series will be a late-July show in Nashville and a late-August event in New York. Featured artists will be announced at a later date.
Missed Katy Perry's live performance? Head to pepsi.com/katyperry now to watch an archive of the livestream.