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Paul McCartney gave Carrie Underwood permission to sing 'Yesterday'

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Sir Paul McCartney wrote a special letter to Carrie Underwood to give the country star permission to cover a Beatles track for her performance at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The singer performed the Fab Four's hit "Yesterday" at the awards show as part of a tribute to the historic events of 1963 and 1964, which included the Beatles' TV debut in America, and she has now revealed McCartney gave her the green light to cover the famous track.

Underwood received a personal letter from the veteran musician, and insists she will always treasure the note. In a post on Twitter she writes, "The coolest thing about singing Yesterday on the Emmys is the sweet letter I got from Paul McCartney giving me his blessing to sing it!"

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Oct 23, 2013 4:14PM
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yesterday!!!! sir paul!!! lands-a-Goshen folks...you are talking about one of the least talented people ever to call himself a singer...I suppose the drug sucking 60's idiot still thinks lennon was right...more popular than jesus!!!! the maharishi did not teach one of his prize pupils much...this not very Christian is it...??
Sep 30, 2013 2:49PM
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Paul McCartney is a genius and a sweetheart.  Carrie Underwood's performance of "Yesterday" was on par with the average Miss America contestant's interpretation. 

Paul McCartney and his late wife, the wonderful Linda Eastman McCartney, were true animal advocates.  Both supported PETA in the early days, before it changed for the worse under the rule of the somewhat warped Ingrid Newkirk.  His third wife, Nancy Shevell, is another class act.

McCartney's greatest mistake, second wife Heather Mills, supported the same wealthy and corrupt animal "charity" Carrie Underwood shills for.  That speaks volumes about Carrie Underwood's vacuousness. 

Sep 25, 2013 12:08PM
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she is apretty Women I love her songs at all the time Special If I Live In salt lake city at my job side

I read about her many magazine I wrote her Notes many times adeep thanks for my desire to her

music I like carry Under wood music Nights In america .

Sep 24, 2013 2:20PM
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From the days of Idol, Carrie is so fake.  Many times her background singers are actually carrying the notes.  She was not a naive country girl as portrayed.  She was so hateful to the fans when Idol toured that I'm surprised she has any fans left.
Sep 24, 2013 1:33PM
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Carrie Underwood may be an "amazing" singer, but she totally SUCKED singing "Yesterday." She was off key more than once, and it was embarrassing to listen to. Maybe she was nervous knowing covering any Beatle song is going to be held up to a microscope as far as how well it was sung? As for Paul giving his permission for her to mutilate his song, I'm sure it was just a politeness or formality on her and/or the producers of the Emmy's part. While Paul lost the rights to his songs along with the Beatles catalog several years ago to Michael Jackson, as of August of this year he has won them back but will not begin to receive royalties for five years or more. But make no mistake, the Beatles still own their actual recordings through Apple Records, and the individual Beatles have always retained the rights to their songs when licensed. As for Paul having a reputation in the business for being difficult, how utterly lovely of him to have sent a note to Carrie despite what he may have thought about her performance, and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have had the lasting impact he still has today after more than fifty years running. What artist today will be more than a blip on the radar in fifty years?
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