2019 American Music Awards

Kim Petras Turns the Los Angeles Shrine Into a Spooky Halloween Bash: Recap

The Draco Malfoy of Pop, Kim Petras, entered the Shrine Auditorium on Wednesday night -- in a casket, we might add -- to give Los Angeles the Halloween party of their dreams. German-born Petras recently released a collection of spooky-pop bops titled Turn Off the Light. Her fans, affectionately called Bunheads, filed into the venue in full costume, excited to hear their new favorite holiday music.  

Billboard spoke to Petras about the album, which she said she created in the studio with friends when they realized the void of haunting holiday tunes. “I love this just as much as Christmas!” Petras said, reminiscing on creating the project.

Her fans love it too. On her concerts providing a safe space for the LGBTQ community, Petras explained, “I grew up in gay clubs. I wanted to make huge gay pop songs."

"It means a lot to see everyone feeling safe and accepted,” she said after meeting dozens of fans at the meet-and-greet, where they expressed their love.

Another interesting thing we learned from the show is that her phrase “woo ahh” was born from an obsession with iconic tags like “Jason Derulooooo” and Lady Gaga’s “cherry cherry boom boom.” Also, her favorite Star Wars character is Jar Jar Binks. “He gets canceled for no reason!”

The show itself was a high-energy party filled with lights, booze and dancing. The show provided Clarity gems like “Icy” and “Do Me,” plus signature bops “Heart to Break” and “I Don’t Want it At All.” When the lights went off, she performed most of Turn Off the Light, including “There Will Be Blood,” “Demons,” “Massacre,” “Death by Sex” and “Everybody Dies.” At the end of the night, when the confetti settled, all you could say is: “Woo Ahh,” Kim Petras does Halloween right.

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