‘Swish swish another song you butchered’: Katy Perry is panned on Twitter for her Dolly Parton tribute at the Grammys as viewers claim she was ‘over the top’ and ‘tried too hard’
- Perry was among the stars selected to honor Parton at the Grammys on Sunday
- She and Kasey Musgraves kicked off tribute with Parton’s Here You Come Again
- Many said Perry over sang the tune and tried to outside Musgraves’ voice
- Others said it sounded like Perry hadn’t warmed up before she took the stage
- Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, Little Big Town later joined Parton in the tribute
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The stars were out in full force to pay tribute to Dolly Parton at the Grammys, but there was one singer that stood out from the others – and not in a good way.
Many were confused as to why Katy Perry was included in the mix of country stars who joined Parton on stage to celebrate her 50-year career.
And they were less than impressed with her rendition of Here You Come Again.
Perry took to the stage with Kasey Musgraves to kick-off the tribute with Parton’s 1977 hit, sporting matching red and gold outfits.
The stars were out in full force to pay tribute to Dolly Parton at the Grammys, but Katy Perry stood out from the others – and not in a good way
Many were confused as to why Perry was included in the mix of country stars who joined Parton on stage to celebrate her 50-year career
Parton then joined the pair on stage before singing Jolene with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus.
Maren Morris and Little Big Town also joined Parton on stage before the entire group came back to perform ‘9 to 5’, one of the country icon’s most famous tunes.
While the tribute itself received plenty of praise on Twitter, Perry was panned by critics.
‘I’ve seen war. I’ve seen violence. But I’ve never witnessed anything close to the barbaric murder Katy Perry just committed on @DollyParton,’ one brutal review read.
‘@katyperry should be publically flogged for the heinous crimes she committed against the ICONIC @DollyParton during the #GrammyAwards2019 tonight,’ one commenter wrote.
While the tribute itself received plenty of praise on Twitter, Perry was panned by critics
‘That outfit alone. Couldn’t they have just given that whole thing to sweet @KaceyMusgraves with those lovely brows?’
‘Katy Perry needs to be banned from any further @DollyParton tributes. #GrammyAwards,’ another added.
‘Dolly Parton had to go out there and save Katy Perry. Just saying,’ one commenter quipped.
Some called Perry’s performance ‘over the top’, even accusing her of trying to ‘outshine’ Musgraves.
Some accused Perry of trying to ‘outshine’ Kasey Musgraves (right) during the performance
Others criticized Perry’s outfit and said that she wasn’t a good fit in a tribute filled with some of country’s newest stars
‘Dolly Parton has some spunky songs that, in tribute, can be done v. cool. Katy Perry seemed to know this and tried….too hard?’ one critic wrote before adding that they thought Cyrus was ‘perfect’.
‘Not a good song for Katy Perry to sing. Sorry. That was bad,’ another added.
‘Katy Perry over sang and tried too hard to do Dolly Parton. Swish swish another song that you butchered,’ said another, referring to Perry’s kiss-off track Swish Swish.
Some found that Perry tried ‘too hard’ and ‘over sang’ the song, saying she ‘butchered’ the performance on Sunday
‘That was an awful performance by Katy Perry. I mean, if you’re gonna sing a classic by Dolly Parton. Don’t chop it like that, just awful,’ one critic wrote.
‘All the other performers did an excellent job, including the Legendary Dolly Parton herself.’
Many wondered why Perry was selected for the tribute that was otherwise filled with country musicians.
Some said that Dolly ‘saved’ the performance from Perry, while many praised her duet with goddaughter Miley Cyrus
‘Real talk: When people think about putting together tributes and acts together at awards shows, do they just not care about what sounds good or what the artist would want the most? Specifically why are artists like Katy Perry on a tribute to Dolly Parton?’ one commenter wrote.
‘They really put Katy Perry up there with Dolly Parton. The #Grammys really don’t care about Dolly, huh?’ another quipped.
One viewer called Perry’s performance a ‘trainwreck’ while others claimed she ‘ruined’ Parton’s song.
‘List of people who shouldn’t sing Dolly Parton songs: 1. @katyperry,’ one commenter wrote. ‘End of list.’
Parton was honored with a tribute after winning the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year award