The 2019 Grammy Awards kicked off with a 10-minute all-star tribute to Dolly Parton, however one performer was criticized by some on social media for showing to attempt to upstage the nation music legend: Katy Perry.
Perry, decked out in lilac fringe with matching boots and cowboy hat, and nation singer Kacey Musgraves started the tribute with a rendition of Parton’s 1977 “Right here You Come Once more,” when Parton walked on stage to affix them.
The three singers traded traces from the tune, however Perry belted out just a few notes that appeared simply outdoors her vary and got here off “pitchy,” as was described by some. Social media customers weighed in, criticizing Perry for ruining the efficiency.
“I’ve seen conflict. I’ve seen violence. However I’ve by no means witnessed something near the barbaric homicide Katy Perry simply dedicated on @DollyParton,” wrote one Twitter person.
Others questioned why Perry, a pop singer, was chosen to accompany nation musicians for a tribute to Parton. After the primary tune, the tribute carried on comparatively unscathed with a medley of Parton’s different songs carried out by Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, and Little Huge City.
The musical celebration of Parton’s achievements and philanthropic work marked the primary nation artist to be saluted in tribute’s 29-year historical past.
The tribute was not the primary Parton had carried out with Perry on stage. The 2 beforehand sang collectively through the 2016 American Nation Music Awards.