Katy Perry awoke the Wells Fargo Center crowd with two enthusiastic commands: “Rise” and “Roar.”
The pop star busted out her newest single and one of her biggest hits at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday night, with a couple lyrical alterations. “Don’t be surprised: she will still rise,” Perry sang at the end of the first song, before exclaiming to the crowd: “Let’s ‘Roar’ for Hillary!”
Perry took the stage less than an hour ahead Hillary Clinton’s scheduled speech, when she will officially accept the party’s nomination for President. Perry insisted Clinton has her vote, and that she’s been on the road with Clinton since February’s Iowa caucus.
“I love Hillary, too,” Perry said. “I have a couple of saved messages on my phone from HRC.”
Before performing, Perry made a plea for the crowd to be open-minded and go to the polls this year, even referencing her conservative upbringing.
“Both of my parents are pastors and staunch Republicans. I didn’t finish high school, and unfortunately I don’t have a formal education. But I do have an open mind and I have a voice,” she said. “I’m asking you to have an open mind and to use your voice, because on November 8, you’ll be just as powerful as any NRA lobbyist. You’ll have as much say as any billionaire. Or you can just cancel out your weird cousin’s vote, if you’d like.”
“Because it’s not where you come from,” she added, “It’s what you grow into.”
See Perry’s performance above.