Pop Stars Are Awful: Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift (Part Four) and Sam Smith vs. Unknown

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Let the Shade Wars of 2015 begin!

Today, we ring in the new year with a look at two shade stories (shadies?). First, is Katy Perry planning to diss her nemesis, Taylor Swift, during The Perry-Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime #BuyThisIsHowWeDoOniTunes Extravaganza Blowout Set Show©? Some people are saying “yes.” Secondly, Sam Smith has been quoted as saying that some pop stars are “awful.” Whomever could be be talking about?

Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift Pt. 4: The Shade Bowl

(Please read Parts 1, 2, and 3 in this series before proceeding.)

As is well known by now, Perry and Swift are not fans of one another. After Swift wrote a song (“Bad Blood”) about Perry and included it on her record-smashing 1989 album, Perry is understandably quite unhappy. So what’s a pop star to do? Use the biggest platform available — her upcoming gig at a little sportsball game you may have heard of called the Super bowl — to shred her enemy to bits. Says a source close to Perry:

“Katy will be doing something on stage during her performance that will be directed towards Taylor. She is working on it to be a visual or a lyric related jab.”

Oh, girl! This is how you get people who don’t care about football to tune into a football game. Whatever happens, be sure that people like us will be available to read into and overanalyze every move of Perry’s on the big day. (Though we hope Perry goes for a less subtle approach, if we’re honest. It would just make for better television.)

Sam Smith Says Some Pop Stars Are “Awful”

Smith, who released one of the most popular albums of last year and who recently went public with his new (hot) boyfriend, is responsible for throwing the first Official-Albeit-Vague Shade of the year. In an interview with Chaka Khan for V Magazine, Smith is quoted as saying, “Even when you meet them – I won’t name names – but some of these popstars are just awful.”

“And they have not even had half the success that you’ve had and yet you’re so humble and kind,” he continued.

We may never know to whom, specifically, Smith is referring, but judging by the petulant, Mean Girls-like behavior of Swift and Perry, let’s just pretend he’s talking about them.

Happy 2015, friends. Stay warm and stay shady.