Apparently there’s some competition going on called Art for Freedom in which the artist who manages to impress Madonna and Katy Perry the most will win $10,000 – not for themselves, but for a non-profit organization of their choice. If that sounds a little wacky to you – the pairing, the concept, any of it – then you’re not alone. While most professional artists are aiming to enter competitions to earn money for themselves, to keep a roof over their head while they continue trying to make art for a living, this one is looking for anyone who can pick up a pencil and draw or write a poem or anything else, regardless of experience. Also, the focus is on human rights. And your judges are Madonna and Katy Perry. Let that last part sink in.
Madonna chose Katy to “guest curate” the competition, which is part of the ‘Material Girl’ singer’s Freedom Project organization. Here’s the full scoop from Billboard:
Madonna has tapped Katy Perry as guest curator for Art for Freedom, her online public art project that encourages artists to submit videos, music, poetry and photographs to express their take on freedom.
Over the course of this month, Perry will work with Madonna to select an artist “whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights,” according to a press release.
“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. ”Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”
LOLLLL. I love the idea of a KatyCat winning this competition. You know I love Katy Perry, but I wouldn’t say the fans who stan for her are human rights activists with brilliant artistic ability, to be honest. That’s not nice of me to say, I know, and maybe I’ll be proven wrong when this whole thing is over. This isn’t a Katy Perry competition, it’s an art competition about human rights with a prize to be given to a non-profit. Let’s widen the scope, here, girl.
I’m interested in the reasons behind Madonna picking Katy to run this. I’m not being funny at all, I think Katy is fantastic, I just would imagine she’d pick an art critic or someone on the board of the Getty museum or something, you know?
In any case, I’d much rather Madonna be spending her time on projects like this than putting on a thong for Terry Richardson. I’ll take it.
January 8, 2014 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
I love Stevie Nicks – she’s a legend, a genius and a total weirdo. She also seems to be in a phase of her life where she’s trying to stay hip with the kids. She’s officiating pop weddings, speaking out on celebrity death and now she’s even dedicating songs to our favourite lovebirds, John Mayer and Katy Perry.
John and Katy went to a Fleetwood Mac concert on Sunday night in Las Vegas, where they got a special surprise: Stevie dedicated the band’s performance of ‘Landslide’ to them. Aw, isn’t that sweet? Katy has said before that she and Stevie are “buds”, and I guess that’s really the case. Still, she was so overcome with feeling that John had to hit up her Twitter account so share the news:
John here. Katy can't write because she's getting over Stevie Nicks dedicating Landslide to us at the Fleetwood Mac concert. Unforgettable.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) December 31, 2013
I do think it’s a big weird that Stevie Nicks dedicated ‘Landslide’ to them – or any song, for that matter – but maybe there’s some secret significance or some big story with them and that song that Stevie knows about and we don’t. I’m just waiting out this whole John/Katy thing. When will it be over?
January 1, 2014 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
John Mayer and Katy Perry are a hot item right now, singing songs and making videos together, and traveling and such. And when they travel, they really go balls-out. They have a list of requests for their hotel rooms/suites, and because they’re JM and KP, they get everything on those lists. Wanna know what’s on them? Here they are, exclusively from Life & Style:
From John Mayer’s list:
- Lagavulin 16, “a fine, aged bottle of scotch” (usually around $100, sometimes less)
- a fruit plate
From Katy Perry’s list:
- a bowl of ranch dressing
- 6 different kinds of beverages
- a director’s chair
- a wardrobe steamer
- a a Keurig or Nespresso machine with “an assortment of K-Cups”
- dried mango slices
- 2 kinds of hummus
- tea (green and chamomile)
- almond milk
- tortilla chips made from flax seeds
“John and Katy’s suite at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC during their stay was one of the nicest rooms at the hotel. It is around $5K a night,” the insider added.
Eh, there’s nothing too outlandish on their lists, but I am lolling over Katy needing a director’s chair.
What would YOU put on YOUR list?
December 27, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Well, we all hoped it wouldn’t come to this, but John Mayer and Katy Perry made a music video for their duet. You know, because they’re so ~~in love~~. It’s nauseating. Unless you ask Mr. Mayer, in which case he says it’s (via USA Today),
… just so authentic. There’s nothing scripted in that video except putting a bull in the middle of the desert.
Oh, okay, thanks. Oh God, no, Ms. Perry’s got more to say? You’re going to make a metaphor? Oh God, no.
Relationships are kind of like riding a bull – you hold on for dear life. Sometimes you get a little buck here and there, but you get back on.
KATY, I LOVE YOU, STOP. STAAAAHP.
December 18, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Katy Perry sang on the X Factor finale in London and drew mostly bad reviews, based on the Katy Perry and X Factor twitter news feed. When she sang at the American Music Awards, she also drew criticism, for dressing as a Geisha. Lady Gaga came to her defense. This time, she’s getting flack for dressing as, to quote one twitter user, “a giant budgie”, and for singing poorly. Some tweets:
Why did Katy Perry choose to sing such a dirge dressed as a turkey? #XFactorFinal
Katy Perry without her trusty autotune sounds like a cat screaming..
Katy perry sounds awful oh dear
Dermot singing one line as a joke was better than Katy Perry’s whole performance how does that make you feel
The awkward moment when Sam sings better than Katy perry live. #xfactor
Totally going to cancel my Katy Perry Live tickets now.
I imagine the person in charge of selling tickets for Katy Perry’s concerts has just shot themself #xfactor
Katy perry is murdering her own song omg
Yikes! But here’s some positive tweets:
How unbelievably pretty is Katy Perry. Love her
How hot is Katy perry though
she met 5/5 she kissed narry she hugged niall niall said shes his wife 5/5 follow her on twitter but our fandom still loves her
Sadly, there’s more negative tweets than positive ones, and the positive ones are all about how hot she is or how she’s cool with One Direction Fans.
We here at Evil Beet are Katy Perry fans so perhaps we’re biased, though I’ll admit she’s sounded better. What did you think?
December 16, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Katy Perry sat down with Marie Claire and told them everything about her love life, specifically, why she and now-boyfriend John Mayer took some time off. Personally, I’ve always thought that he broke up with her and not the other way around, but Ms. Perry makes it seem like she needed to take time away from Mayer to deal with feelings she had about ex-husband Russell Brand. From Marie Claire:
I took a break from my boyfriend, not one that I wanted. It was like a splash of cold water to search inward on what was going on with me. That is what led me to this new awakening, this realizing, If I don’t do some self-love, I’m not going to be able to keep the love that I want. I still needed to deal with all of my ex-husband stuff. I hadn’t.
It’s almost like if I kept on talking about it [the Russell Brand relationship], it would seem like I actually cared about it. I don’t.
I still think she and Brand broke up because his sex addiction came roaring back, but it’s just a theory.
She also talks about having kids:
I’m definitely not there yet, and I can’t plan that far in advance. When I decide to have a family, I’ll just want to be Mom for a little bit … [Brand] really wanted me to have children, and I knew I wasn’t ready—I think it was a way of control. I think it was part of, If I have a kid, then I would have to sacrifice—I’d have to be at home more. I really wanted to, but I knew I wasn’t ready for it. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s have a kid because we’re in love.’
Photos from the magazine shoot are below. Enjoy!