Katy Perry is between singles but busy on the benefit circuit these days. In the past few weeks alone we’ve seen the star perform a competitive “Let’s Stay Together” cover and a very, very good “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” This latest performance tops all, though, as it is guarantee to pull and tug each and every one of your heartstrings. And afterwards, you will never want to hear “Firework” any other way.
Over the weekend, Comedy Central held a benefit called Night of Too Many Stars, in support of autism programs, schools, and services all over the country. Hosted by Jon Stewart, the evening included a charming Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel “Call Me Maybe”-off and plenty of laughs. Then came this most heart swelling performance of Perry’s “Firework” by a prodigal young piano player named Jodi DiPiazza.
DiPiazza was diagnosed with autism as a young child, has used music as a way to “make herself known,” her parents say. Looking pretty small behind the grand piano, Jodi sang “Firework” — the first verse all alone, and then with Perry for the rest — so big and so well that we think this performance should be made the official version of the song. And we promise to start that petition, just as soon as we wipe the tears from our eyes…
Watch Night of Too Many Stars this Sunday at 8PM on Comedy Central.
Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza on Night of Too Many Stars [Craig To The Future]