Katy Perry visits UNLV dorms, urges students to vote Clinton

Singer Katy Perry speaks during a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry speaks during a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo / Getty

UNLV students relaxing in their dorms got an unexpected knock on their doors Saturday afternoon from Katy Perry, who was roaming the halls and drumming up support for Hillary Clinton on the first day of early voting in Nevada.

The singer famous for songs like Teenage Dream and Waking up in Vegas was met with squeals and requests for selfies from the students.

Singer Katy Perry (R) canvasses for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in dorm rooms at UNLV on October 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry (R) canvasses for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in dorm rooms at UNLV on October 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo / Getty

She sported bright red lipstick that matched her high heels and a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "Nasty Woman," which has become a rallying cry for Clinton supporters after Donald Trump uttered it during Wednesday's presidential debate.

 Singer Katy Perry (R) takes a selfie with dorm residents as she canvasses for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at UNLV .Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry (R) takes a selfie with dorm residents as she canvasses for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at UNLV .Photo / Getty

"We're out here campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Ever heard of her?" she told a trio of young women after they invited her and a crowd of reporters into their dorm room.

"Because there's no other alternative. We need our issues heard, we need our bodies taken care of, we need all that choice."

Singer Katy Perry covers the peephole of a dorm room as she canvasses for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at UNLV on October 22, 2016 in Las Vegas. Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry covers the peephole of a dorm room as she canvasses for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at UNLV on October 22, 2016 in Las Vegas. Photo / Getty

She encouraged one student she met who might have to drop out of the school to stay the course, telling her she'd been through her own troubles after being dropped from record labels three times.

And she told about her own financial problems at 17 when she couldn't buy a bag of chips without getting an overdraft charge.

Singer Katy Perry greets people after speaking at a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at UNLV. Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry greets people after speaking at a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at UNLV. Photo / Getty

Perry followed up the surprise round of canvassing with a short outdoor rally on campus alongside Nevada Democratic Senate hopeful Catherine Cortez Masto.

Perry didn't sing any of her songs to the crowd of a few hundred people, although they blared over the loudspeakers while she greeted fans afterward.

Singer Katy Perry greets people after speaking at a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton . Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry greets people after speaking at a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton . Photo / Getty

Polls show both the presidential and US Senate races are close in Nevada. Experts say races like Cortez Masto's will ride on turnout " the majority of which is expected to come during Nevada's two-week early voting period.

Democrats have been parading out a steady stream of stars to build excitement for the early voting period that tends to favour their party.

Singer Katy Perry greets people after speaking at a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry greets people after speaking at a get out the early vote rally as she campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo / Getty

They hosted the Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte after Wednesday's debate and President Barack Obama on Sunday.

 Singer Katy Perry (R) cheers as former Nevada Attorney General and democratic U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto speaks at a get out the early vote rally. Photo / Getty
Singer Katy Perry (R) cheers as former Nevada Attorney General and democratic U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto speaks at a get out the early vote rally. Photo / Getty

Saturday's stop wasn't the first time Perry has campaigned for Democrats in Nevada.

She did a rally in Las Vegas for Barack Obama in 2012 wearing a dress decorated like a ballot.

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