In her first awards-show performance as a married woman, Katy Perry showed the world that she's got as much spark as ever.
Perry performed for fans at downtown Madrid's Puerta de Alcala, a venue set up outside the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards main stage at Caja Magica. Under the shadow of a grand plaza similar to the climactic scene in Perry's latest visual, "Firework," the singer took the stage in a clingy, glittery jumpsuit bedazzled with a spray of shimmery red and white beads, her raven ponytail spilling out of a headpiece.
Several dancers in red shirts and dark suits busted moves as the singer belted the newly released jam. In keeping with the "Firework" theme, the set was heavy on the theatrical firepower, with dancers grooving behind the singer with hand-held devices spitting out sparks. Perry wrapped up the performance with some powerhouse belting that coincided with the raging plumes of pyro that engulfed the stage.
The fiery energy of the set underscored the empowering message of the song. Perry, who pegs "Firework" as her favorite Teenage Dream track, recently told MTV News she worked hard on crafting a song that would be uplifting without being corny.
"People are coming back and almost adopting it as their own anthem, and it's hard, I think, to write an anthem that's not cheesy," she explained. "I hope that this could be something in that category. I hope this could be one of those things where it's like, 'Yeah, I want to put my fist up and feel proud and feel strong.' "
The 2010 EMA show airs on MTV2 on Sunday (November 7) at 9 p.m. ET, and an edited, performance-heavy version will be broadcast Friday at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.