A highlight of the Sept. 22 Emmy Awards telecast was a tribute to the Beatles by country singer Carrie Underwood. Underwood, who, before she sang the song, compared her rise to stardom on the TV talent show "American Idol" to how the variety series “The Ed Sullivan Show” helped launch the Beatles their start in the U.S. 50 years ago next year, sang her own interpretation of the Beatles' classic “Yesterday” in the segment.
(You can see the video of Underwood singing on this page.)
Some Twitter critics were not receptive to her version. “Carrie Underwood, please don't country-fy 'Yesterday,'” tweeted one user. “I wasn't hallucinating, right? Carrie Underwood sang 'Yesterday' to salute television's coverage of the Kennedy assassination. #justchecking,” wrote another.
But Underwood won't worry about any of those opinions. She had the support of someone who really counted. According to a tweet from Underwood herself, Paul McCartney gave her permission and his support to sing the song.
“The coolest thing about singing 'Yesterday' on the Emmys is the sweet letter I got from Paul McCartney giving me his blessing to sing it!,” she tweeted Sunday night.
According to CNET.com, Underwood's version triggered a response of 17,090 tweets per minute, the biggest reaction for any segment on the show.
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