"Even though [By the Grace of God] starts out very vulnerable there’s a lot of strength that you find in the arc. Towards the end, I’ve prevailed. And I think it’s really just saying how grateful I am to have decided to stay and to give thanks to the grace of God or whatever huge cosmic thing was looking after me during that time."
"We invited [Olivia Wise] to (Sunday) evening… we were just really moved by her strength,” said Perry. “It is very sad and my heart goes out to her family and to anyone else that is suffering from this kind of thing because I think unfortunately, it’s not uncommon and I hear several stories like this. But this one was special because she didn’t wallow in her sadness. She found the inspiration through this song and then recorded it and inspired people so much through that video. I was inspired by that video! I was just so moved and, of course, was in complete tears, was balling the night that she passed. But really inspired that she had the strength to do this and wanted to be positive through this experience. I don’t know how I would have been."
"There’s a lot of heavy attention on ‘pop diva’ right now and competition and none of us like that. But I’m a huge supporter of music. And, of course, I had pre-ordered (Lady Gaga’s) album. I bought (newcomer) Sky Ferreira’s album. I bought Miley’s. I’m interested. Miley’s really a sweet girl and she has got some big balls. She just doesn’t care what anyone thinks. But I’m friends with some of them. Some of them are not as friendly. Some of them are secret mean girls. Some of them are not cool. But I like to hang out with the unaffected genuine sweet girls in my industry."