It's about to get all music industry insidery up in here. Earlier today, Scott Borchetta, the head of Taylor Swift's record label, felt the need to defend his star from all those mean people calling out her lackluster Grammys night duet with Stevie Nicks.
Really, he just made the whole situation worse by issuing way too many excuses for something that really isn't an issue. A sampling: T.Swift's an emotional singer, not a technical one; she's the "voice of a generation"; critics just like to tear people down; there were also technical difficulties that made it hard for her to hear the mix; and "This is not American Idol. This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note."
And that was the one that sent Kelly Clarkson over the edge and compelled her to let Mr. Borchetta have it...
"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,' " Kelly wrote on her blog. "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."
It wasn't just Borchetta's A.I. dig that annoyed Kelly, it was also his defensiveness.
"Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable," she continued, "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."
Record label executive crisis management advice direct from Kelly Clarkson.
She's right, though—there was no reason to justify Taylor's performance. The Grammys were four days ago anyway—that's like two weeks in Internet time. Everyone had already updated their Facebook statuses to note that Taylor kinda sucked that night and moved on. There was no reason to bring this all up again—it's just more post-awards show dramz without a fun interrupting Kanye meme.
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