Trust Katy Perry to focus on what’s really important.
Throughout all of Monday’s inaugural hullabaloo — the music! The balls! The music at the balls! — the media somehow failed to focus on the event’s real cause for celebration: Last weekend marked the four-year anniversary of Aretha Franklin wearing her Hat to End All Hats at President Obama’s first inauguration. (Eat your heart out, Princess Beatrice.)
Thankfully, Katy Perry stuck around D.C. after performing at the 2013 Kids Inaugural Concert last Saturday — and on Monday, she honored Aretha’s bodacious bow by wearing a tiny version of it to this year’s Inauguration Day festivities. Here’s photographic evidence:
Perry put the itty-bitty headpiece on top of another hat; her boyfriend, John Mayer, also got in on the fun at one point. “I had it made,” she explained to People. “I thought it would be fun to do a shout-out back to four years ago.”
Of course, Katy wasn’t alone in her desire to fete Aretha. Luke Song, who designed the music legend’s original chapeau, told ABC News that he’s fielded numerous requests for replicas of that hat, especially in the days leading up to the inauguration. An affordable version of it is currently available on Song’s website — while the original set Aretha back about $500, this one will only cost imitators $89.50. The satisfaction you’ll get from wearing it, though, will be priceless.