Katy Perry unveiled a new ballad version of her current hit “Firework” at yesterday’s American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

The performance has drawn criticism for her live vocal and use of a children’s choir but her fans – including pop star P!nk – have taken to Twitter and YouTube to defend her.

“Firework” has become a popular gay anthem since the “Teenage Dream” singer dedicated the song to bullied gay youth on Twitter and featured a gay kiss in the video.

Katy wrote “I am officially dedicating my new video to #itgetsbetter, because everyone has the spark to be a FIREWORK.”

Visit the It Gets Better website for more information on the anti-bullying initiative and check out Katy’s new interpretation of the song below.

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