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Katy Perry shows solidarity with Elizabeth Warren in Grammys performance

Katy Perry performs at the Grammys.Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Katy Perry showed some subtle support for Senator Elizabeth Warren during a Grammys performance of her new single “Chained to the Rhythm,” proudly displaying a “Persist” armband atop her black-and-white pantsuit.

The accessory, of course, is a reference to the liberal battle cry “Nevertheless, she persisted,” popularized in the wake of Warren being barred from reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions during last week’s debate over his nomination for attorney general.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell inadvertently originated the phrase. “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” he said, in silencing her. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”


Perry, who repeatedly stumped for Hillary Clinton and performed at fund-raisers to support her campaign throughout 2016, hasn’t been shy about expressing political opinions at public events — and she delivered during her Grammys turn. As the song wound down, Perry was backlit by a projection of the US Constitution.

Skip Marley, who raps one verse on “Chained to the Rhythm,” joined Perry for the performance. “We gonna call this era Purposeful Pop,” Perry tweeted about the song on Friday.

Isaac Feldberg can be reached at isaac.feldberg@globe.com, or on Twitter at @i_feldberg.