Taylor Swift's performance was really, really bad. She couldn't hold pitch or hit notes in her own song that she's probably sung 3000 times in the past year. It brought me and my wife to wonder "Has there ever been a worse singer that's won album of the year?". I couldn't think of anyone.
Now, to be sure, . . . pop music has had it's fair share of folks who aren't great singers; all about the image; pretty face; etc. . . . .
I don't consider Taylor Swift to be that. She writes great songs. These songs connect with kids in an un-common way. I think she's a wonderful song writer.
However, in the long tradition of Madonna, Britney Spears, Shakira, etc. . . she can't sing that well. In most of those cases, though. . . they could at least hold pitch and make it through the song doing fairly well. Taylor Swift was not making it there on Sunday night. She just wasn't. It was bad. . if she was singing in one of the groups that I lead. . I probably would have given her part to someone else.
Here is the explanation from the Swift camp:
But on Sunday night's Grammy show, Borchetta said Swift had a technical issue that made her worry about her performance. (Attempts to reach The Recording Academy for comment went unanswered.)
"We had a volume problem in the ear. So, she was concerned that she wasn't able to hear everything in the mix," Borchetta said. "That's just part of live TV. ... So you're going to have difficulties on occasion. Unfortunately, on one of the biggest stages, we did have a technical issue. She couldn't hear herself like she had in rehearsal."
Just stop it please. . . . In-ear monitors can cause problems when they go out. It can make it hard to hear yourself. But, please. . . .I'm pretty sure that monitor difficulties were not the issue here. Celine Dion famously had a mic go out on the Grammy's a few years ago, and did great. Bono, the same. Now, again, those folks are great singers, but that's the point. Taylor Swift, isn't yet. . . so let's dispense with always blaming the in-ear monitors. How about, "I'm sorry, that wasn't my best effort up there. . . . . I'll get 'em next time."
And, as an in-ear monitor user for 8 years, let me say. . . . . you can get around this. You can make it through when your batteries go out, or you can't hear yourself, etc. . . . It's possible to still sing well. Whatever happened to "the show must go on".
ps. I really like Taylor Swift's songs, and hope that my daughters enjoy her more than about 100 other young singer/songwriters. This is not about her. . .it's about the tired monitor excuse.