Those wondering what Paul McCartney thought of the "Yesterday" cover Carrie Underwood performed during Sunday's Emmy Awards should wonder no more. Moments after Underwood sang the Beatles' classic (written by McCartney, though credited, as was the Beatles' style, to McCartney and John Lennon), the country music superstar tweeted that she had Sir Paul's permission to play the song.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) September 23, 2013
Despite the McCartney stamp of approval, many were flummoxed by Underwood's Emmys appearance, especially since it came after a segment that memorialized the assassination of John F. Kennedy and celebrated the Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
nothing screams "the magic of television" like carrie underwood singing "yesterday"
— max read (@max_read) September 23, 2013
At this point, we're curious as hell just how worse the #Emmys can get. Is Carrie Underwood doing a tribute to yesterday?
— TVWithoutPity (@TVWithoutPity) September 23, 2013
And now to sing a song about when she was born, Carrie Underwood with "Yesterday." #Emmys
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) September 23, 2013