Katy Perry Channels Barbie in a Checkered Dress at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

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Katy Perry stepped out at the iHeartRadio Music Awards this evening, her first big red carpet appearance since she and Orlando Bloom got engaged this Valentine’s Day. Perry is a presenter tonight. This time, she walked the carpet with Zedd, who she collaborated on “365” with. She went for very vintage Barbie vibes, wearing a checkered dress with a thick black headband and blond, Betty Draper-esque bob.

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Tonight marks the first award show that both Perry and Taylor Swift have attended an awards show together since they called a truce on their feud last May. At the time, Swift posted an Instagram story of the literal olive wreath that Perry sent her right before she played her first Reputation world tour show—the very tour that Swift is being honored for tonight. “Thank you Katy,” Swift wrote, with a double heart emoji.

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Given that history, could there be a chance Perry might present Swift’s Tour of the Year award to her? Not this time. Maren Morris is slotted to present Swift’s award, while Perry will likely present another one.

Red carpet–wise, Perry’s last appearance was at the Grammy Awards on February 11—literally days before Bloom proposed—where she wore another Barbie-esque dress. That time, it was a sleeveless pink gown with a puffy skirt. Right before that ceremony, Perry gave an interview to Paper magazine in which she discussed taking a break from music and touring this year (touring really “tires me out,” she said). She said she was considering taking some college classes and that she was generally focusing on her mental health and personal growth.

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