Grammys 2017: Katy Perry's Britney Spears 'Joke' Ruffles Feathers On Social Media

'She shouldn't call her music conscious if she's gonna make Britney jokes all night.'

Katy Perry faced a backlash before the Grammys had even begun on Sunday (12 February), with a comment about Britney Spears that some have branded distasteful.

On her way into the ceremony, Katy stopped to speak to E!’s Ryan Seacrest, who asked her about what she’d been up to during her time off, prior to the release of her new single, ‘Chained To The Rhythm’.

She commented that she had been “taking care of her mental health” in her time off, before alluding to Britney’s past personal troubles when she joked: “[It’s been] fantastic… I haven’t shaved my head yet.”

<strong>Katy Perry at the Grammys</strong>
Katy Perry at the Grammys
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Clearly sensing she was onto a winner, Katy then repeated the joke in an interview with CBS, this time suggesting that she’d been through so many hair colours, all that would be left would be shaving her head, which she remarked she was “saving for a very public breakdown”.

Britney made headlines back in 2007, when at the height of her very public personal issues, she went into a Los Angeles hair salon and shaved off all of her hair, later being photographed hitting a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella.

<strong>Britney Spears at a pre-Grammys party earlier this week</strong>
Britney Spears at a pre-Grammys party earlier this week
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Katy’s comments immediately came under fire on social media, particularly as later in the interview, she suggested she was now creating “purposeful pop” with a more serious and impactful message for listeners.

During Katy’s E! interview, producers were also forced to briefly cut the sound, as she swore live on air.

The ‘I Kissed A Girl’ singer is one of many big-name acts to take to the stage at this year’s Grammys, with nominees Adele, Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper also performing at what is always among the biggest nights in music.

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