» » Katy Perry: Wide Awake (2012)

Short summary

The single's music video was directed by Lance Drake, and featured a fairy tale-like story, starring Perry and a child version of her. The video also makes references from Perry's Teenage Dream singles and the previous Complete Confection single "Part of Me". The video starts with Perry shooting the ending scene for the "California Gurls" video and going to her dressing room while talking with her assistant named John. She then takes off her wig, looks into the mirror, and the setting turns to a dark labyrinth, with Perry holding a lantern. The camera pans up to show the entire labyrinth, while also revealing a hill with light shining through the clouds onto it. Perry sees a strawberry, picks it off and eats it, and the walls close in on her. Perry pushes the walls, as a firework shoots from her chest into the dark sky.

Rolling Stone gave the clip a positive review, praising its introspective nature, saying that 'though the clip recalls familiar looks, the video puts a new spin on it all, recasting every colorful look with a melancholy tone and a darker palette.'

Entertainment Weekly credited the fantastical, whimsical vibe of the visual as Perry teams up with her younger self.

Perry received three nominations for the video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, winning the prize for Best Art Direction.

The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).

In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 69 on the UK Singles Chart, due to strong downloads in April 2012. The song then re-entered at number 74 in May 2012. It has peaked at number 9, selling 24,545 copies in that country.

Credited cast:
Zoey Diaz Zoey Diaz - Young Katy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katy Perry Katy Perry - Katy Perry
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