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Taylor Swift's sympathy Grammy doesn't hide off-key singing

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

The Grammy Awards on Sunday evening saved the biggest shock, and curious moment for the very end of the show when Taylor Swift won the Album of the Year Grammy. Swift beat out favourites Beyonce and Lady Gaga to win the coveted award. The question though, is whether or not she deserves that award.

Beyonce’s album, “I Am…Sasha Fierce” is a very strong record, and Lady Gaga’s album ‘The Fame’ was equally strong, both were much stronger than Swift’s ‘Fearless’, which is not in the same league as either Beyonce or Gaga.

It seems that ever since Kanye West got on stage and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMA’s to praise Beyonce’s video, Swift garnered sympathy and filled her trophy cabinet. But her performance at the Grammy’s casts doubt on her abilities as a singer, and many people believe she is getting sympathy votes for the awards.

Swift’s performance didn’t even measure up to the opening rounds of American Idol tryouts, and when she sang a duet with Stevie Nicks, it was painful and embarrassing to watch and listen to. At what point does someone from the record label, or a person close to Swift tell her she sings off key, out of tune, and pitch deficient.

Her studio recordings must use pitch correction for her vocals, because without it, the studio bill would break the record company. There are myriad people who might say that the poor girl was off, and it is nothing more than a bad day.

If Taylor Swift had a bad day once or twice, that is fair enough, and perfectly acceptable.

However, she turns in one bad performance after another and she was off at the VMA’s, off on Saturday Night Live, and atrociously off at the Grammy Awards. There are four or five other live televised performances that showcased her flat singing, so it isn’t a bad day, it’s a bad singer.

Taylor Swift claims she writes her own songs and plays her own instruments, and that is impressive and commendable, but she would benefit greatly if she would only take voice lessons. Her voice is average, at best, but she should sing on key and hold the pitch.

The sympathy vote for Swift is over, and she cannot count on Kanye West pulling another…well, Kanye, and she is lucky to earn all the awards that the industry and public bestowed on her out of sympathy.

She may have to learn to sing, and learn some etiquette a well, because when an artist wins Album of the Year, they must acknowledge the other nominees. Taylor Swift didn’t do the right thing in accepting the award, and she didn’t do the right thing when she sang on that stage. It is time for Taylor Swift to grow and learn to sing live, because Kanye West will not come to your rescue again.



  • richard 5 years ago

    come on taylors amazing shes wrote songs for herself and other artists and kayne is a racist pig why dont you stick up for whites being trashed by the blacks in school all me and my freinds heard was stupid white boy cracker and us being from cali we all tried being as proper as posible you obviously havent seen it or you would be mad lets jump that stupid white kid you would never hear a white kid openly call a black person the n word but a black would always be the first to trash on a white kid and for some reason thats all right being from the hood we were always targeted from the blacks as easy prey cause were white and supposedly less of a man because were white and appearantly thats not racism because there black or some how thats not good enough to be called racism but if my kid took a swing at a black kid hes kkk ask your own son hell tell you...

  • William-Modesto Classic Movies Examiner 5 years ago

    It's about time someone said publicly what I've been thinking for the last year. I'm tired of watching her sing and telling people that she's tone deaf and have them say "But she's so cute! And so classy when Kanye..."

    And now, the Grammy for Album of the Year. Honestly. You see why I won't watch the Grammys anymore. It's all about sales now.

  • Ms G 5 years ago

    I'm sure Randy jackson would have to say Taylor's Grammy performance was A LOT pitchy! Stevie of course, is a pro but Taylor appeared to have tried to out-sing a rock legend and failed miserably. I felt embarrassed when she cheesily pretended to be Stevie "singing" Rhiannon with her on stage. I bet Stevie sticks to duets with Vanessa Carlton from now on! I agree, Taylor does not even represent country music, much less pop music, from a listener's point of view! Her demographic is preteen girls through high school and her songs are just about adolescent angst. Taylor's music is over rated.

  • Lila 5 years ago

    I love this article.

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