Kelly Clarkson Defends ‘American Idol’ Following Comments From Taylor Swift’s Record Boss
First Published: February 5, 2010 1:11 AM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Kelly Clarkson hit her blog on Thursday after the head of Taylor Swift’s record label referenced “American Idol” while defending the country cutie’s Grammys duet with Stevie Nicks.
On Thursday, Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Records, defended Swift’s Grammys performance, referencing the reality singing competition that discovered Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.
“She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly back to her,” Borchetta told the Associated Press. “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. It’s not about that technically perfect performance.”
But his comments prompted Clarkson to hit her blog in response.
“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,’” Kelly wrote. “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.”
Clarkson’s main issue seemed to be Borchetta’s “Idol” remark.
“Every artist has a bad performance or two and that is understandable, but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better. I have been criticized left and right for having shaky performances before (and they were shaky) and what my manager or label executives say to me and the public is ‘I’ll kick butt next time’ or ‘every performance isn’t going to be perfect,’” Kelly wrote. “I bring this up because you should take a lesson from these people and 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.”
Clarkson then signed her blog, “Sincerely, One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes.”
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