Katy Perry has just received the key to the city of Las Vegas and revealed that she has strong family ties to the famous city.
Perry, 37, spoke about her “roots” in Sin City at Wednesday’s Key to the City ceremony at AYU Dayclub at Resorts World Las Vegas, as PEOPLE reports. Resorts World is where Perry has her “Play” residence.
“I have a lot of roots here, and it just feels so natural to be here,” Perry said in a speech broadcast on a giant LED screen on the side of the resort. “My aunt was a showgirl here, my grandmother was a seamstress here, my father grew up here and eventually became a driver.”
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“My parents met here and got married here,” she added. “So it’s only natural that I end up here on the podium.” Clearly feeling the effects of the desert heat, Perry then joked, “But I didn’t think I’d get a key to the Strip, which I hope will unlock better HVAC. It’s really hot.”
Perry was presented with the key by Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom and Resorts World President Scott Sibella and AEG/Concerts West Vice President John Nelson. Clark County has also officially declared June 8 “Katy Perry Day”.
The key to the Las #Vegas Comic presentation to @katyperry was also shown on @ResortsWorldLV huge 100,000 square meters tower LED screen. Congratulations Katya! Happy Katy Perry Day! pic.twitter.com/2JP6QuDsk0
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) June 9, 2022
Speaking about why her stay in Vegas makes sense, Perry said, “I think there’s a common thread throughout my career of just being a little OTT [over the top]and that’s exactly what Las Vegas is, so it’s a perfect match.”
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Perry’s “Play” residency recently announced new dates for October. About how long she plans to extend her stay in Vegas, the “Teenage Dream” singer commented, “I will continue to do this show as long as it makes me happy…and as long as it brings joy to my fans.”
The Play residence was launched in December 2021.