Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams Perform ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at Grammy Beatles Tribute
Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams teamed up to perform ‘Here Comes the Sun’ on ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles’ Sunday night (Feb. 9).
Wearing his unique trademark hat, Williams sang the first verse while Paisley accompanied him on guitar. The country star then took the lead for the second verse.
The pair were accompanied by performers from Cirque du Soleil as they sang the Beatles classic.
The show was taped live on Monday, Jan. 27, and ran on Sunday evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landmark first appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ one of the watershed pop culture events of the 20th century.
With Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance, the pressure was on for all of the night’s performers. “We are honoring the most important band of all time, and trying to do justice to their song while two of them sit there,” Paisley said before the show. “We know, going in, we’re not going to sing like them, and we’re going to try to do our own thing with it. But … there’s reasons why people get blasted when they cover Beatles songs in any situation. But here we are, we’re all doing that tonight. So, I guess it’s an even playing field in that sense.”
Keith Urban also performed at the event, which featured a diverse lineup including John Legend, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Dave Grohl and Stevie Wonder.
McCartney and Starr also played, first separately, then together, closing out the once-in-a-lifetime show with a group singalong on ‘Hey Jude.’