Last night, Katy Perry joined Jennifer Hudson, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and President Barack Obama himself at the President’s ’30 Days to Victory Concert’ fundraiser in Westwood, California. Dressed in a shimmery evening gown and with her nails done right (or Left, if we’re speaking politics) for the occasion, worked through a short set of her own hits — “Teenage Dream,” “Part Of Me” and “Firework” — before ending the evening with a dazzling cover of Al Green‘s classic “Let’s Stay Together.” It was a bold choice for Katy, given the President’s own history with the song.
At a different fundraiser earlier this year, the President sang the same tune. Afterwards he joked that he must have done alright because “the sandman did not come out.” He’s not the professional vocalist that Katy is, of course, but his rendition sounded pretty good to our ears and the Reverend Green himself gushed that, “He nailed it.”
We know that the President has got a competitive edge, and so we have to ask: Did Katy just beat Obama at his own cover game? Or does Obama’s cute cover still reign supreme? Or should they both just leave the “Stay Together”-ing to Green himself, who’s still killing it after all these years?