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Taylor Swift's label defends her Grammy performance



The criticism Taylor Swift is getting from her Grammy duet with Stevie Nicks on Sunday prompted a biting response from the head of her label, who said those naysayers don't know what they're talking about. Because hey, everyone would sound way out of register singing with Stevie Nicks.

"The biggest message is (the critics) are not getting it," Big Machine Records honcho Scott Borchetta told The Tennessean newspaper. "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. … I think (the critics) are missing the whole voice of a generation that is happening right in front of them."

It's hard to miss a voice that's a couple keys too high, but don't worry, Borchetta said that was just a technical issue at the Staples Center.

"We had a volume problem in the ear. So, she was concerned that she wasn't able to hear everything in the mix," Borchetta told the AP. "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."

But the critics could hear her, and that just brings us full circle on this debate.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:17am]


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