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Taylor Swift is a Grammy winner and can’t sing well

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That’s the terrible truth.

After hearing Taylor Swift sing on the Grammies, I felt a little bit of outrage.  She performed a three song medley… Today Was a Fairy Tale, Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon, and You Belong With Me.  The problem was the first two were about a quarter tone sharp the entire portion.  Add in Steve Nicks who duetted with Taylor on Rhiannon and played tambourine & and sang back up on You Belong With Me and the thing just got worse.  Stevie Nicks’ vocal was in tune but her tone (she’s now singing in the baritone range) and her trademark machine gun vibrato just “didn’t go” with Taylor’s off key vocal.  I thought “maybe the monitors were bad,” but then I realized she was using in-ear monitors.  And people like Celine Dion and Carey Underwood and Usher used the same system when singing their pitch perfect lines in the MJ tribute.

OK, so the outrage comes in some minutes later when Taylor Swift won Album of the Year.  Seriously?  Did the voter not hear the live performance?  (Of course this doesn’t matter, since voting is done months in advance).  I seriously felt embarrassed for the Grammy people for voting that hot mess Album of the Year.

Now comes the backlash and the record label’s defense of Taylor.  Her label’s CEO had this to say: “Maybe she’s not the best technical singer, but she’s probably the best emotional singer because everybody else who gets up there and is technically perfect, people don’t seem to want more of it,” Borchetta told The Tennessean.”  This is really funny to me.  She can’t sing but she moves people so that’s good.  This is what the record business has come to.  If you look good, are marketable, get people to empathisize with you, then the industry can tweak your tracks to sound palatable to the ear.

That’s when it hit me.  Album of the Year is an award is presented to the artist, producer, and recording engineer for that album.  Considering what they had to work with, the producer and recording engineer deserve every bit of that Grammy.


Written by arnold

February 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Music

4 Responses

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  1. and in case you doubt arnold…here’s the video…it’s really bad::


    February 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

  2. I thought everyone knew she was going to get the Grammy out of sympathy for the Kanye debacle? Also, how often have the voters ever heard a live performance? Recording studios can do wonders with “fixing” a performance.

    If we really want to grant awards to the best performers, then they probably have to be someone from a straight (unaltered) live recording.

    Peggy C

    February 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  3. You are, of course, absolutely right. I had forgotten about the Kanye factor.


    February 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

  4. I’ve never thought she was that good, so I totally agree with you. She just has great PR people.


    February 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

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