Katy Perry gets naked at Much Music Awards... or not

Jun 19, 2012 at 3:12 p.m. ET

Katy Perry made the boys drool when she wore a nude bodysuit at the 2012 Much Music Awards. Critics think she was showing off way too much skin -- but was she?

Katy Perry in a nude bodysuit

It wasn't exactly a wardrobe malfunction, but Katy Perry's styling team needs a stern talking to after putting her in a nude bodysuit at the 2012 Much Music Awards in Canada. The bodysuit — part of a butterfly costume she wore for her performance "Wide Awake" — was bedazzled in all the wrong places, making it look like she was showing off her nipples (and other pertinent girl parts) on stage.

She wasn't, but it was hard to tell that.

The look obviously made her self-conscious — she blocked out her backside with her trophy after accepting the "Best International Artist" award. The ex-wife of Russell Brand got over it quickly, though.

"Not ashamed to say that I celebrated tonight over some Hooters hot wings #goodnight," Perry tweeted after the show.

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The symbolism of the butterfly costume was spot on for "Wide Awake," though — she told MTV that the song is about growing through tumultuous times.

"It's kind of like the labyrinth of my life in the past two years," she told MTV News. "I just wanted to tell a story about myself kind of going through this journey, maybe sometimes trying to get out of the maze. There's good parts and bad parts."

She said that her life motto — now in tattoo form on her body — is "go with the flow."

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"That is how I have to live my life sometimes, because there's always great things that pop up. There's bad things that get in your way," she said. "I mean, it's an obstacle course. Of course, it's a fun one. You just have to be prepared and strong and ready for it. In this music video, I came out at the other end learning a lesson and feeling strong enough to get back out on that stage."

Watch Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" video

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