Uh oh. Kelly Clarkson is pissed. In an attempt to defend Taylor Swift from recent criticisms of her melody-challenged Grammy performance, the head of her label, Scott Borchetta, took a swipe at American Idol and it’s singers:
She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly back to her, ” said Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta in a phone interview. “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.
There’s been a lot of criticism in the past few days of Taylor Swift’s off-key performance at Sunday’s Grammys. Folks who’ve heard Taylor sing live (watch any awards show, and there she is) realize that, although Taylor is undoubtedly a talented songwriter, she couldn’t sing her way out of a paper bag if her life depended on it. Praise be the autotune.
The fact that her live performances suck really has no bearing on whether her album, Fearless deserved to win the big prize or not.
Having said that, I gotta say I’m on Team Kelly in this argument. Dude, defend Taylor all you want, but if you’ve got to take swipes at others, there is a problem with your argument.
The irony here? Borchetta was one of the judges on the latest season of the CMT and 19 Entertainment competition reality show, Can You Duet?. Country duos competed for the grand prize–a deal with Borchetta’s record label. I could dig it up, but take my word for it–there was plenty o’ talk about the importance of good sangin’ in those critiques…