February 13th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
Katy Perry's "Part of Me" performance was in good company at Sunday's Grammys, as she wasn't the only one singing of broken hearts and relationships gone wrong.
Adele, the current queen of lovelorn pop songs, also took the stage to croon about getting played to the beat after handing her heart over to a paramour.
It's possible that Perry's fiery performance of her new single was just keeping in line with that theme, or perhaps she was singing generally of the emotions one has after a break-up. Or, as some have questioned, maybe those lyrics were inspired by recent events in her personal life.
The 27-year-old pop star, who recently reached a settlement agreement in her divorce from her husband Russell Brand, belted out lyrics like, "Days like this I want to drive away...You chewed me up, and spit me out, like I was poison in your mouth...But that was then, and this is now. Now look at me, this is the part of me that you're never ever going to take away from me."
The song continues, "You ripped me off/your love was cheap/it was always tearing at the seams/I fell deep/you let me down/but that was then and this is now."
Perhaps most tellingly, Perry sings, "You can keep the diamond ring/It don't mean nothing anyway/In fact you can keep everything/Except for me." (As far as the rumors go, though, Brand didn't want any of his ex's earnings that she brought in during their brief marriage.)
Helpfully, the lyrics are spelled out in a video for the just released track.
Adele's massively successful "21" was the result of a "rubbish relationship," as she said last night at the Grammys when she picked up the album of the year award, and perhaps Perry is also turning a dissolved romance into another potential hit - or maybe it's way more general than we're all presuming.
What do you think - could Brand have been something of an inspiration? And more importantly, do you like the song?
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