Taylor Swift performed her new single, “Shake It Off,” at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The singer may be lauded for her songwriting, but her live singing? Not so much!
Deadspin isolated Taylor’s vocals from the instrumentals and crowd noise and setting her vocals in such stark relief to everything else really highlights how weak a singer she is. Not only is she flat and unable to hold the notes, but her vocal drops out in favor of the backing track more than you may have realized.
Before you cry that it’s not fair to isolate a vocal–that anybody would sound terrible in the same circumstance–you need to listen to Beyonces’s isolated vocals. She performed–dancing and singing–for 15 minutes straight. She still sounds fabulous.
Yes. What can I say. I’m just one of those haterz Taylor will be shaking off this morning.