Grammy award-winning Taylor Swift has been getting quite a bit of criticism for a less-than-perfect (imo, WAY LESS than perfect) live performance at the Grammy Awards.
Not to sound mean, but…IT’S ABOUT TIME!
How long have I been saying how “under par” Taylor is when she sings live? It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who’s so bothered by it. Taylor’s performed MANY times at these awards shows…basically sounding just like she did at the Grammys this past weekend…but yet I didn’t hear/read about people making a big deal about it/criticizing her (which always amazed me actually). I’m guessing most of the criticism has come out mainly because Taylor did WIN 4 awards…one of them being for Country Female VOCAL performance.
In light of all the criticism, Yahoo! posted an article where her record label CEO says:
“She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly back to her,” “This is not `American Idol.’ This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator. It’s not about that technically perfect performance.”
Yes, I will totally give Taylor credit for being a great ARTIST in the sense that she does write ALL her songs, plays the guitar/piano, etc. But SINGING-wise, which counts for A LOT of the package…umm…hello? You can call yourself a singer if you can’t actually sing. And to take a jab at American Idol…umm…have you HEARD all of the American Idol winners SING?!
Her record label goes on to blame technical issues as to why Taylor may not have sounded the best on Grammy night:
“We had a volume problem in the ear. So, she was concerned that she wasn’t able to hear everything in the mix,” Borchetta said. “That’s just part of live TV. … So you’re going to have difficulties on occasion. Unfortunately, on one of the biggest stages, we did have a technical issue. She couldn’t hear herself like she had in rehearsal.”
That MAY have definitely contributed to some pitch problems, but…have you ever watched any of Taylor’s OTHER live performances? Does she have technical difficulties at EVERY performance? Stop trying to blame technicality for just a lack in vocal ability.
Finally, sounding kind of annoyed about having to defend his “star,” the CEO goes on to say:
“If you haven’t seen her live performance, you’re welcome to come out as my guest to a Taylor Swift show and experience the whole thing, because it’s amazing. You can see her in her element. There’s a reason tickets are selling like they are.”
I’m SURE seeing her live at one of her concerts would be a lot better. But still…you can’t argue that altho Taylor is gifted in SO MANY musical ways…VOCALLY she really lacks. Considering how many peformances she does live, and for how many years now, you would think she would’ve gotten better…
Kelly Clarkson posted on her blog a “letter” in response to Taylor’s record label’s comments (specifically the AI jab)…she had QUITE A FEW things to say:
Wow …..Dear Scott Borchetta,
I understand defending your artist obviously because I have done the same in the past for artists I like, including Taylor, so you might see why its upsetting to read you attacking American Idol for producing simply vocalists that hit ‘the high notes’. Thank you for that ‘Captain Obvious’ sense of humor because you know what, we not only hit the high notes, you forgot to mention we generally hit the ‘right’ notes as well. Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better. I have been criticized left and right for having shaky performances before (and they were shaky) and what my manager or label executives say to me and the public is “I’ll kick butt next time” or “every performance isn’t going to be perfect” ……I bring this up because you should take a lesson from these people and instead of lashing out at other artists (that in your ‘humble’ opinion lack true artistry), you should simply take a breath and realize that sometimes things won’t go according to plan or work out and that’s okay.
One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes
KELLY…YOU GO GIRL!