Checotah native Carrie Underwood performed The Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. The show aired on CBS.
The performance was part of a tribute to major TV moments from 50 years ago that started with Oscar-winning actor Don Cheadle, a six-time Emmy nominee, paying homage to television’s role in the assassination coverage of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Underwood’s performance connected that tragedy to The Beatles’ performance on the Ed Sullivan show a mere 80 days later on Feb. 9, 1964. Both historic events are often mentioned as two of the most significant television moments in history.
Although Underwood was a bit of a strange choice considering she is a country singer, the 2005 “American Idol” winner was picked to remind folks that “TV continues to be a starting place for superstar musical talent.”
Plus Underwood posted on Twitter (@carrieunderwood), “The coolest thing about singing “Yesterday” on the #Emmys is the sweet letter I got from @PaulMcCartney giving me his blessing to sing it!”
The six-time Grammy winner has become a fixture on Sunday night TV in recent weeks. Her new rendition of the “Sunday Night Football” theme song premiered two weeks ago, and her version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” continues to air each week of the season to kick off the NFL primetime broadcast.