In response to other websites categorizing Katy Perry as a “backup singer” in reference to her collaboration with P.O.D., the band’s Marcos Curiel has shared the following statement with Rolling Stone: “This is revisionist history and disrespectful to our girl Katy who was NEVER a backup singer … We invited her to participate on our record as she was and is still is one of the few pop artists with strong musicianship roots … She paid her dues not as a backup singer but in a van going town to town. This is the problem with music journalism today … Shabby reporting. No research. No history.”
Katy Perry is one of the biggest pop stars of all time — two of her music videos have over a billion views on YouTube and she’s sold millions of albums worldwide. But nearly 10 years ago, she played her biggest stage at the time, on the Tonight Show, not as the solo artist fans know and love, but as a singer with Christian alternative metal band P.O.D. (otherwise known as Payable on Death).