No, Katy Perry Was Never P.O.D.'s 'Backup Singer'

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Katy Perry performs at 2015 Rock in Rio on September 27, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Now-international pop star Katy Perry wasn't always headlining stadiums -- in fact, as the daughter of an evangelical pastor, she first entered the music industry as a Christian singer-songwriter. Appropriately, one of her first big television appearances wasn't as a candy-clad vixen, but instead as a singer with Christian alt-metal band P.O.D. on The Tonight Show (then with Jay Leno) in 2006.

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Footage of that performance has been making the rounds online (you can watch below), and has been presented by some outlets as P.O.D. with Perry as a "back-up singer" -- a description the band vehemently disputes. As guitarist Marcos Curiel said in a statement to 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."

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Keeping that in mind, watch "Goodbye For Now," Katy Perry's collaboration with P.O.D., below:


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