Kelly Clarkson Irked by Comments From Taylor Swift’s Label Chief
The hits just keep on coming for Taylor Swift ... and not the kind they play on the radio! This latest hit comes from a fellow artist and while it isn't directed at Taylor herself, it stems from her already much-maligned Grammy Awards performance last Sunday night.
Kelly Clarkson, the first-season winner of 'American Idol' has a few choice words for Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta who defended Taylor's Grammy performance in a statement to the Associated Press, and called her "the voice of a generation." Kelly took exception to part of Scott's statement in which he said, "This is not 'American Idol.' This is not a competition of getting up and seeing who can sing the highest note. This is about a true artist and writer and communicator."
"Wow .....Dear Scott Borchetta," Kelly's blog post begins. "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.' 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."
Admitting she's had a few "shaky" performances of her own in the past, Kelly adds that she doesn't believe Scott handled the situation as well as he could have. "Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better," she writes. "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."
Kelly closes her post with "Sincerely, One of those contestants from 'American Idol' who only made it because of her high notes," followed by an emoticon of a winking smiley face. She later took to Twitter to assure fans she was not "dissing" Taylor. "I buy her albums and cover her songs, obviously I'm a fan," she notes.
Taylor is currently on tour in Australia, and hasn't made a public statement about the performance or the ensuing backlash.