Music's all-stars gathered Sunday night for the CBS special "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles," a tribute held exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the Fab Four's historical "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance. But when guest performer Katy Perry dared to take on the most iconic of all Beatles songs, "Yesterday," the backlash was heard across the Twitterverse.
"Yesterday" wasn't the right fit for Katy; a more upbeat and jaunty tune like "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" or "Penny Lane" would have been a better match for her cartoonish personality. But that wasn't the issue for most fans watching at home. Instead, they were mad that she'd "said something wrong" — i.e., that she'd dared to change the lyrics' pronouns ("Why'd he have to go, he wouldn't say"), especially while surviving Fabs Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were watching in the audience.
And fans let Katy know they didn't think her performance was so fab:
— grace haynes (@graceNC4) February 10, 2014
Besides Katy Perry butchering "Yesterday" this Beatles 50th anniversary special isn't bad. http://t.co/wBEIlF4f3k
— Edgar Paredes (@EdgarParedes06) February 10, 2014
If you wonder why so many pine for the Beatles even now, watch video of current pop superstar Katy Perry massacre "Yesterday." #Beatles50
— L.N. Smithee (@LNSmithee) February 10, 2014
— Jeff Sloychuk (@albertajeff) February 10, 2014
Was Katy wrong to change such a revered song, or just paying tribute in her own way? All we know is, right now, with all this backlash, her troubles don't seem so far away.