Country singer Carrie Underwood performed The Beatles' "Yesterday" during Sunday night's Emmy Awards telecast. She specifically did a tribute to 1963 and 1964, which were landmark years for television and pop culture.
"It’s all about TV, music, changing perceptions and defining an era, basically. So, that was a really big, big changing time in our culture," Underwood said in an interview before her big performance.
The Emmy Awards chose to honor 1963 and 1964 because those years were very important to television and pop culture. TV overcame newspapers as the go-to news source when such events as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, President Kennedy's tragic assassination and The Beatles' debut U.S. performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" all occurred.
To commemorate all those occasions, Underwood did a stirring rendition of The Beatles' "Yesterday." The former "American Idol" champion stood front-and-center on the stage as iconic images from that time period in the '60s flashed behind her. It was a somber but memorable moment during the Emmy Awards telecast.
Underwood has been a TV fixture lately. Earlier this month, she also re-recorded the theme song for NBC's "Sunday Night Football."
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