Get Ready to Bawl: Katy Perry Duets With Autistic Girl in “Most Important Moment of What I Do”

It’s easy for some to dismiss Katy Perry as a mere pop princess. It’s easy for them to call her the latest in a long line of flavor-of-the-months selling a highly-processed product hidden behind sexy short-shorts and brightly-colored wigs. But recently, Perry put on a touching display that showed not only is she embracing her moment as the reigning queen of pop, but she’s actually using her powers for good.

Recently, the 27year-old Perry performed at the taping of the Comedy Central’s annual “Night of Too Many Stars” gala, and in the show’s most touching moment, she teamed up with a young autistic girl to belt our her hit “Firework.”

According to E!, the girl – whose name is Jodi DiPiazza, sang and played piano during a performance that choked up even the typically-sarcastic-rather-than-sincere host of the evening, Jon Stewart.

“We’ve told you why people with autism shouldn’t be written off,” Stewart said while introducing DiPiazza. “Why they deserve, like everyone, the chance to reach their potential. That’s why we’re here tonight; that’s why we’re doing this. So let’s take a look at what happens when someone actually gets that chance.”

Check out the performance here, but you might want to make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby:

After it all went down, DiPiazza received a big hug from Perry and was the subject of a tweet. The singer wrote on her official Twitter page: “I will never forget last night. It was the most important moment thus far of what I do.”

If you’d like to help Katy Perry and millions of others in the battle against autism, you can begin by tuning into the “Night of Too Many Stars” benefit when it airs on Sunday at 8pm on Comedy Central. In the meantime, it seems, this is one pop princess who has shown that she has as much substance as she does style.

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