Katy Perry’s live show as sweet as candy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Katy Perry used to come to Music City as a young teen, flying across country from California to seek her dream of a music career.

She returned Friday night, all grown up, and what a sugar-spun spectacle she was during the opening week of the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour. Perry was everything you’d want in a pop princess during her sold-out show at Bridgestone Arena, offering fans a growing catalog of hits, a neon menagerie of visual effects, props and aerobatics, and just the right amount of earnestness.

“This is the city that taught me how to write all these cool songs,” Perry said.

As a teen, Perry initially tried to find her way as a Christian artist. Now, the 29-year-old singer uses anthemic songs with empowerment messages to mine the wide middle ground between Beyonce and Rihanna’s adults-only cabaret and their popposites like Taylor Swift and One Direction, who make mom-friendly music that’s not the least bit threatening.