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.