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8 Reasons the Emmys are like Katy Perry Songs

Posted in: Emmy Awards  |  By: John Hanlon  |  August 25th, 2014

Katy Perry knows music.

During her career, shop she’s had an eclectic number of Billboard hits and is known for her musical talents. What she isn’t known for though are her Emmy predictions or the way that so many of her songs can be tied in with tonight’s Emmy awards.

Firstly, take the Emmys as an award ceremony. They are a celebration of some of the best programs that television has to offer but they are also a celebration of continuity. The Emmys love to honor a program or a performance over and over again until they eventually tire of it (comparable to Perry’s song Hot N Cold).

Take Modern Family for instance. It has won best comedy series for four years in a row. It is on a hot streak. Or Bryan Cranston who is nominated for best actor in a drama. He’s on a cold streak. He won in 2008, 2009 and 2010 but hasn’t won since (“you’re hot then you’re cold”).

The Amazing Race won best reality-competition program for the first seven years it was nominated (“you’re hot…”). Then it lost once (“then you’re cold”) but then it won twice in a row (“you’re yes…”). Then it lost again last year (“then you’re no”). The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won the award for best variety series for ten years before losing in 2013. The Emmys love you and then their affection stops (“‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold/ You’re yes then you’re no/You’re in then you’re out…”)

But that song isn’t the only reason why Katy Perry songs are like the Emmys.

Here’s a breakdown of the connections between Katy Perry’s music and some of this year’s biggest Emmy nominees.

Song: Firework
Sample Lyrics:

“Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go, ‘Aah, aah, aah’
You’re gonna leave ’em all in awe, awe, awe…

If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

The Show: Game of Thrones
How it Relates: In season 4 of Game of Thrones, Arya took on a larger role as she fought to get justice against those who did her wrong. Week after week, it seemed like Arya was proving her worth (“let your colors burst”) and showing the world that she was a “firework” and that after the “hurricane”  of tragedies she’s faced, she was looking for a “rainbow” of hope.

Song: Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
Sample Lyrics:

“Trying to connect the dots
Don’t know what to tell my boss…
Warrant’s out for my arrest
Think I need a ginger ale
That was such an epic fail”

The Show: Homeland
How it Relates: In season three of Homeland, Carrie tried to figure out who bombed CIA headquarters (“trying to connect the dots”) and dealt with the consequences of aiding Brody’s escape from the United States after a terrorist attack. Not only did Carrie hide part of the truth from Saul (“don’t know what to tell my boss”), she also had to deal with a Senate committee that was out to get her (“warrant’s out for my arrest”).

Song: Roar
Sample Lyrics:

“Now I’m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero”

The Show: Breaking Bad
How it Relates: Breaking Bad is a show about “empowerment.” Walter Walt, a high school chemistry teacher, spends the majority of the show trying to prove that he’s in charge (“I’m floating like a butterfly”). He wants to “roar” and destroys anyone who gets in his way (“Stinging like a bee”) changing his life to become the man he wants to be (“I went from zero, to my own hero”).

Song: Wide Awake
Sample Lyrics:

“I’m wide awake
Yeah, I was in the dark
I was falling hard
With an open heart
I’m wide awake
How did I read the stars so wrong?”

The Show: True Detective
How it Relates: The HBO drama focuses on two detectives who realize seventeen years after a case is closed that they may have made some mistakes (“Yeah, I was in the dark.”) They open a new investigation (“I’m wide awake”) to look for any clues they missed and any mistakes they may have made along the way (“How did I read the stars so wrong?”)

Song: Teenage Dream
Sample Lyrics:

“Before you met me
I was alright but things
Were kinda heavy
You brought me to life
Now every February
You’ll be my Valentine, Valentine

Let’s go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love
We can dance, until we die
You and I, will be young forever”

The Show: Downton Abbey
How it Relates: Not only did the fourth season of Downton begin with preparations for Valentine’s Day (“You’ll be my Valentine, Valentine“) but romance was in the air for Mary, one of the main characters on the show. After facing the death of her husband Matthew (“things were kinda heavy”), she met several suitors who drew her attention (“you brought me back to life”). Not only that but Edith, Mary’s younger and overlooked sister, found a possible match on the show– a man others looked down upon but Edith still loved (“no regrets, just love”).   

Song: Hot N Cold
Sample Lyrics:

“‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up”

The Show: House of Cards
How it Relates: Frank and his wife Claire continue their rise for power in season 2 with them playing nice with the President (“you’re hot…”) and his advisor Raymond Tusk (“you’re hot…) until the couple don’t need them anymore (“then you’re cold”). Others who get the “You’re hot then you’re cold” treatment from Frank and Claire include Zoe Barnes (who ends up very cold), the First Lady, and Claire’s former lover Galloway.   

Song: Part of Me
Sample Lyrics:

“This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no”

The Show: Mad Men
How it Relates: This past season, Don struggled to return to the advertising business (“this is the part of me”), and he never let go (“you’re never gonna ever take away from me”) of the hope of returning to the job he was once so good at.

Song: I Kissed a Girl
Sample Lyrics:

“I kissed a girl just to try it,
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it.
It felt so wrong,
it felt so right.”

The Show: Orange is the New Black
How it Relates: Ummm….isn’t it obvious?