Taylor Swift's label chief responds to Grammy criticism
On Tuesday, we reported on rampant criticism about Taylor Swift's performance on Sunday night's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards — the same night she took home four trophies, including the top prize for Album of the Year.
Her duet with Stevie Nicks was widely panned by publications including the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, bloggers and music fans on social networking sites.
The backlash left Scott Borchetta, the head of Swift's record label Big Machine Records, riled up. He responded to music critics' reports late Monday night, but it was past our deadline. So here are his comments.
"The biggest message is (the critics) are not getting it," Borchetta said. "Because the facts say she is the undisputed best communicator that we've got. When she says something, when she sings something, when she feels something, it affects more people than anybody else.
"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. … She's an extraordinary songwriter and her vocal performances are getting better. Everybody is not perfect on any given day. If you pick any of those artists that performed (on the Grammy Awards) I'm sure you can go online and find something where you go, 'ew.' Maybe in that moment we didn't have the best night. But in the same breath, maybe we did. And nobody is arguing with the awards.
"The critics are missing the bigger picture. This is what always happens and is the unfortunate part of the American dream, that we build these people up to watch the critics tear them down. Well, you better have more than what you've got now if you think you're going to get in the ring and fight with us. So, get in the ring."