Katy Perry dropped the music video for her latest single, the 2016 Olympics anthem “Rise,” on Thursday, just one day ahead of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony that is set to kick off Aug. 5.
In the video, Perry struggles with an inner battle as she tries to take flight while strapped to a billowing parachute. Perry demonstrates extreme perseverance in the clip, not giving up despite wandering in the desert’s beating sun, scrapes and scratches on her face, and nearly drowning in a lake.
After facing the elements, Perry finds herself rising, quite literally, out of the video’s frame and into our hearts.
Perry first performed the powerful track at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, dedicating the song to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface,” Perry said of “Rise” in a statement. “I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite,” Perry said in a statement.
“I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together. I am honored that NBC Olympics has chosen to use it as an anthem before and during the Rio Games.”
The singer previously released an Olympics version of the video with footage of gymnasts, soccer players, swimmers and other athletes provided by NBC. NBC Olympics announced “Rise” would be the recurring anthem played during its coverage of the global sporting event.