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Kelly Clarkson Responds To Bashing From Taylor Swift's Camp!

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Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta recently defended Taylor Swift's Grammy performance as it has been on the receiving end of some criticism.

Borchetta blamed a technical difficulty, but he also had this to say:

"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."

Well Kelly Clarkson, the first-ever winner of American Idol, wasn't going to take that comment lying down and she wrote Borchetta an open letter on her blog in response to his snarky comment:

Wow …..Dear Scott Borchetta,

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.

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” ……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.


One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes ;)

You tell 'em, girl!

And we think both Kelly AND Taylor can sing!

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.]

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135 comments to “Kelly Clarkson Responds To Bashing From Taylor Swift's Camp!”

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  1. 1

    Taylor CANNOT sing. She sucked at the 2008 CMA's. She sucked on SNL back in January 2008. She has no breath support…no sense of pitch. That was not JUST a bad performance it was an example of her actual talent level when it comes to singing. She should stick to writing songs but let some other blonde poptart with pipes sing them…because quite frankly, her singing is SOOO bad that it makes me question whether she ACTUALLY writes her songs at all.

  2. 2

    Taylor cant sing live.period. some people just cant do it. theres no excuses to make..the only thing they can do is get her to practice more..and maybe a vocal coach.
    but taking stabs at other artist is stupid..i mean AI may not be great…but atleast you know they CAN sing live.

  3. 3

    Surprisingly well said.

  4. 4

    WOW she look like a TANK…..HUGE!

  5. ap076 says – reply to this


    Well put.

  6. 6

    Love Kelly.
    Love love love love Kelly.
    Truly talented and a pleasure to watch perform. She deserves all her succes.

  7. 7

    Good for her! I'm starting like her-not her shitty music just her. And I agree Taylor Swift was terrible and shouldn't be allowed to breathe that same air as Stevie Nicks.

  8. 8

    You clearly have a hearing problem, because neither one of them can sing– sing good that is.

  9. 9

    Lose some weight you fat PIG

  10. 10

    taylor hell no…sing? yeah …like a cat…


  11. 11

    how in the hell can you say she's a "good singer"; what's wrong with you?…..you cannot put Kelly and Tylor in the same sentance redarding 'good' singing abilities.

  12. 12

    Good for Kelly! The statement released by that Bruchetta guy has turned me off of her more than her performance did the other night - defensive much? It wasn't just shaky it just made it more obvious how much help she gets in the studio and it just added her to a very long list of "artists" that really have no vocal talent.
    Cute girl, not so much on the singing. That and that whole "you're a prince in a t-shirt" bull was cute for maybe one or two songs but really?

  13. 13

    Well-said Ms. Clarkson. Idol, whether you like it or not, does produce kids who can sing LIVE. Which is more than I can say for Taylor. Everyone says Kelly wants nothing to do with Idol. I think this blog will put that nonsense to rest. Good job Kelly! (and yes, she can SING…and I mean SING…some of you must have never seen her live…your loss)

  14. 14

    I LOVE Kelly lol. She's awesome.

  15. 15

    Well, Perez… if you believe Taylor can sing well live, you obviously are just kissing her a$$.

  16. 16

    Love Kelly ! She's awesome..

  17. 17

    I agree Taylor's performance wasn't very good at the Grammys but I have definitely seen her do Much better, many many times actually. That being said I have also seen her have a couple other lousy performances as well. I'd be curious to know if all the other "live" performers at the grammys actually sang live rather than lip sync or have pre-recorded vocals helping them. Iv'e heard Beyonce and Gaga actually sing live before and sound worse than horrible. just look it up and you will see what I mean. I like all of them as artists but they are really "recording artists" rather than some type of great or even very good singers.

  18. 18

    A big to do about nothing!! Non - news!!

  19. 19

    :Well said Kelly ,she said it without saying anything negative about Taylor Swift ,and like i said earlier if you dont have the best voice then be an entertainer (Mj,Britney,Madonna,Gaga..)Taylor is neither,i find her boring,and no im not a fan of Kanye at all i find him annoying:

  20. 20

    Can Taylor Swift sing? No
    Does Kelly Clarkson have a huge sense of entitlement and cant stfu lately? Yes

    Gosh this girls opinion and bitchiness and divatude is almost as big as her lardy self

  21. 21

    Ok trader2025 and zumagirl don't even talk about Kelly's weight you asses, where in the article does it mention Kelly's weight-nowhere and it's not like she 's obesee or anything cause she's not. Now back on topic even though I am a Taylor fan like her music, know how taltented she is, she is not the best vocalist in the world. Back at CMA Fest she wasn't that bad. Even if you are a good vocalist or not everybody is gonna have a bad day even Kelly mentioned that she has. Nobody's perfect except for God. But I would rather spend money seeing Taylor sing live than say going to a Brintney Spears concert where she lip synchs. To courtenai1536 seriously Kelly has by far one of the best voices in music today, gets praises from IDK how many legends, the other day Simon said Kelly has one of the best voices in the world, the man knows his stuff. Apparently you need to go to a Kelly show, cause you'll leaved amazed.

  22. 22

    Ohhhkay I love Kelly and all but she well over-exaggerated, took Scott's statement out of context, and made this a little too much about herself than she needed to.

  23. 23

    u go girl! go kelly! taylor can`t sing she`s an asshole! she thinks she`s the bomb! fuck her! kanye made her famous…stupid kanye

  24. 24

    Btw…Kelly has a screechy voice that she needs to work on herself and a major attitude problem. How come shes always on the losing end of her contracts and record labels? She sounds difficult to deal with

  25. 25


    Also, I am baffled by the massive success of Taylor Swift. Bland, unoriginal songs aimed at tweeny-boppers, and mediocre singing skills.

  26. 26

    "AND Taylor can sing!" - goes to show how much you know………either that or you're as tone deaf as she is………….

  27. 27

    taylor just cant sing!
    problem solved


  28. 28

    Way to go Kelly. Rather listen to your music over Taylor any day of the week.

  29. 29

    Seriously he shouldn't knock American Idol people.. Taylor Swift is okay but she is nowhere as good as some of the people that have been on there. Kelly Clarkson's voice is AMAZING!!!! And other people like Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood.. Taylor is okay.. but not like them!!

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  31. 31

    I LOVE KELLY!!! Taylor cannot sing, she is annoying and this hype will dye down. She isnt coutnry, she is not the next Reba or Martina and never will be!!! Taylor & your camp: GET OVER YOURSELVES. You may be thin Taylor and win Gammy's but you are a no body, look at Norah Jones, she won a ton of awards and where is she now?????? Singing IS about hitting the high notes, and Kelly you are amazing!!!!!

  32. 32

    Actually…Kelly CAN sing, Taylor unfortunately can't at all. Her voice is nothing special at all, it actually sounds whiney and whispery. And I hate how every song is her crying about some guy - I mean c'mon, change it up a little! Get over it, whatever it is. She just sounds like any other girl who thinks they can sing but the fact of the matter is that she can't.

  33. 33

    Re: trader2025 – Your default pic is of a fat cartoon character and yet you are making fun of fat people??? confused….

  34. 34

    Taylor Swift is the worst singer I've ever heard! Please go away! Taylor would never make it on American Idol. She sucks!

    Love it that Kelly Clarkson defended American Idol! People on Idol can actually sing, that's why they won!

  35. 35

    Taylor can sing, just not well.

  36. 36

    GO Kelly! That's why i love you.. YOUR TRUE AND DOWN TO EARTH! and your 4 albums are all amazing and your voice is INCREDIBLE! but taylor swift really can't sing

  37. 37

    Good for Kelly.

  38. 38

    I don't understand why people are flipping out over Taylor Swift's performance at the Grammys. She has never ever been able to sing. Not just live, she can't sing in general. Listen to any of her songs, the girl sucks at singing.

  39. 39

    Re: harliecharlie381
    What in the hell is your proble, have you ever seen Kelly live, no probably not. I have seen Kelly live and she does not have a screechy voice if she did I'm sure someone would have told her which no one has except for ahole haters like yourself. She does not need to do a thing to her voice, it's crystal clear, you probably wish you had at least one ounce of Kelly's taltent. And thing that pisses me off in your statement is when you say Kelly needs an attitude adjustment. That's bull. Kelly is by far the nicest, sweetest person on the planet but if you piss her off some how to offend her she will tell you off, hello she is Texan, that's one of the reasons why we love Kelly. She was just deffending the show that help got her start. She is not difficult to deal with, everybody who has worked with her, met her in a meet & greet, for an interview, etc only has nice things to say about her, nothing bad. Her musical director who has been with her since Idol says she's the best person to work with.

  40. 40

    WOOP!! go Kelly!!!

  41. 41

    Re: trader2025 – Theyre called curves, its what real woman have unlike stick thin models!

  42. 42

    taylor's perfomonce was awesome, there's no need to defend her.
    omg kelly lookds SO fat,

  43. 43

    No point in rsponding to the Kelly-haters. The only thing they can come up with is she's "fat". Get some new material kiddos. The woman can sing and is obviously a nice person, standing up for her fellow Idols and defending Taylor against Kanye over the VMA's. The girl tells it like it is. I, for one, find that refreshing in the shitshow known as Hollywood.

  44. 44

    Actually, Kelly can. Taylor, not so much. Everyone knows Taylor can't sing live. I love, love, love her. Biggest reason being her songwriting. But the singing of the rainbows she'll have to outgrow someday and what will she do then?

  45. 45

    american idol=manufactured nobody

  46. 46

    american idol artists who sound damn good live? kelly, carrie, glambert (who i don't even like), jennifer hudson. to name a few. taylor swift sounds terrible live. she is often very pitchy and out of key. i've gotten to the point where if i'm watching something where she's scheduled to perform live, i either mute the tv during her performance who change the channel entirely. but even if the girl could sing, i completely agree with kelly on this matter. taylor's camp had no right saying about any other type of artists. yes, american idol has put out some artists who went on to do nothing. but it's also put out some of the biggest artists out there today, kelly being one of them.

  47. 47

    Re: carolinagirl009 – Haha wow, someone is taking things waaaay to the heart! Havent you seen her fire someone on stage cuz he decided to play the guitar a few seconds longer than she liked and threw a bitch fit. Not only that but she did bite the hand that fed her on Idol and changed record labels…remember all that drama? Now that she did this album, one second she was proud about it the next she bitched about it…she just seems ungrateful and difficult, to ME. can you let ME have my own opinion without having a heart attack?

  48. 48

    I have said it many many times - Taylor Swift can't sing live!!!!! I admire her song writing and she sounds good on the albums, but girl stay off the stage. Beyonce BLEW YOU AWAY! I have not heard her sing live where I didn't think any freaking high school kid musical theatre kid would do a better job.

  49. 49


    Well put, Kelly.

  50. 50

    I have seen kelly in concert and I think that she is great. I haven't seen Taylor nor do I have a desire to. I don't care for her music and I thought she sounded horrible on the grammys but she does have a fan following. I am not a music critic since I can't sing worth a shit so I won't judge any further. The only thing I can judge here is the horrible remarks made about Kellys wieght. Come one, she has curves and I think curves look much better than the stick figures that Hollywood is throwing out to us.

  51. 51

    Taylor can't sing…Sorry Perez. I can't wait until she's too old to sing about high school. Her career will be over.

  52. 52

    Re: Hum0rMe – MJ are you kidding me, he was a great singer and performer, so don't put him on the same list as those non-singing people. Kelly is a much better singer then Taylor however neither is nothing to jump up and down over. True singers are from back in the day like Whitney, and Gladys etc their voices were awesome, and once you heard them on the radio you knew it was them. Now and days everyone sounds the same, the only thing making them sound good is the music.

  53. 53

    Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson are doing fine…

  54. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's a foot-in-mouth diplomatic error to attempt to garner sympathy by backhandedly bashing another group of artists. He ought to take it back with apologies to Idol(s), because it was a very poor impromptu analogy. I think that put another way, everyone might have appreciated what he meant to say here.

  55. 55

    Taylor is a good song write, but no really a good singer. She would have been booted off Idol before the top 10.

  56. 56

    @harliecharlie381 No one is disputing your right to express your opinion. But if your opinion is not based on reality then others with more knowlege of the situation are going to call you out. Everyone has seen the video you mentioned. It seems to me you are jumping to conclusions about what happened & why. And many have seen Kelly perform live & can state from personal experience that her voice is not screechy & that she puts on an awesome show. And the number of people who have stated that she is one of the nicest & most generous people in show business speaks for itself. I have no reason to take your word over theirs.

  57. 57

    Umm… No. Kelly is the only one out of those two who can ACTUALLY sing. Taylor has never been able to sing live. I really don't get the infatuation with her. Yes, she's cute, and seems to be really sweet, and has catchy songs… but after a while, don't they all just start to sound the same?? How much longer is she going to continue to sing songs about fairytales, princes, and high school? Sweetie, you are 20 years old… maybe its time you act like it. And kudos to Kelly for speaking her mind. Taylor Swift can't hold a candle to the vocal ablility of her, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, or J-Hud.

  58. 58

    Re: Renee1234 – : i was using him as an example of "entertaining" Taylor isn't entertaining at all she just stays in one plays and plays the guitar and sing/talks along :

  59. 59

    Taylor CAN'T sing live. It's not anyone's fault but her own. I've seen her at other events perform live (I think it was on a morning show) and she wasn't good, at all.

  60. 60

    Re: Renee1234

    Well he/she is right though.. MJ was more of an entertainer than a singer as well..

  61. 61

    Ugh, seriously Perez?!?! Taylor CANNOT sing!!!! And pretty much EVERYBODY knows that. I will not take away from her song writing ability, which is impressive considering her age, but vocals….hardly!!! You cannot put Taylor in the same league as Kelly Clarkson. Her execs know this and therefore, tried to pass the buck. Taylor can sing…lmfao!! That was a good one!

  62. 62

    I think Taylor's songs are catchy (due to the fact that I don't even try to listen to her, and still know most of the words). However, she cannot sing. At all. To even call her a singer is offensive to people who have talent such as Beyonce, Celine, etc. She can barely hold a note, has no pitch whatsoever, and doesnt even attempt to show off her pipes - because even she knows she would simply embarass herself. She is cute, and fresh and her songs make you smile. Thats all she has going for her.

  63. 63

    Scott Borchetta's defense of Taylor Swift is pathetic and desperate. This woman cannot sing, period. Every time she is on TV singing live it is a disaster - the Grammys being one of the worst instances. It's not like this is the first time, but rather just one of many many times. I am also tired of hearing 'at least she is not lip-syncing or using Auto-Tunes. Sorry, but if you are a professional singer, not lip-syncing or not using Auto-Tunes is not enough and is not a free pass for being off-key, flat, and just plain awful.

  64. 64

    Re: MrsLambert – Lets be honest …she wouldn't have even made it past the auditions.

  65. 65

    Kelly is awesome. And I love that she still defends American Idol after all these years.

  66. PAH says – reply to this


    Well, said and no Taylor Swift can't sing, she maybe a good song writer but singer she is not. Her Grammy performance wasn't the only place that show cased that… SNL, CMA's, showed the same thing. I mean her Grammy performance the girl couldn't even hit a note… not one note… she was flat as can be. I hate when people bash other artists who can sing there asses off because their own doesn't have that ability to do so. Kelly is a GREAT singer live and on c.d… Swift not so much!!!!!!!! And I can't believe she beat out Carrie Underwood for favorite female country vocalist… WTH!!!!!!!!!!

  67. PAH says – reply to this


    Looks like Mr. Scott Borchetta is gonna have to retract is douche bag statement… ASAP!!!! I think an apology wouldn't be so bad right now either!!!!

  68. mp23 says – reply to this


    taylor cant sing. done. she may be a sweet girl and has sold tons of albums but she cannot sing.

    she has to keep practicing or do something.

  69. Sezzy says – reply to this


    taylor cant sing. she needs to be the country rihanna. TURN THE MIC OFF

  70. 70

    Swift sounded like ass. Ass!!! I was shocked, considering all her awards/hoopla. Ugh.

  71. 71


    I wish more people would buy her albums to see what a great talented singer she is. MUCH better than a lot of the crap out there.
    KELLY is #1

  72. 72

    I have told my friends for a awhile that Taylor Swift can't sing and I am so glad that others agree with me. I cannot watch her live on anything. The fact that she keeps winning awards just baffles me. I actually felt sorry for Stevie Nicks that she had to share the stage, i think she had to hold back because she did not want to embarrass her.

  73. 73

    Jennifer Hudson was my favorite Idol contestant, but after reading Kelly's verbal bitch slap, she is now my favorite. And you're wrong about Taylor. She is so over-rated and has Kanye to thank for that. Pity will only get her but so far and she doesn't have any talent to go any further.

  74. Kibs says – reply to this


    taylor swift cannot sing live! she just can't! i'm ont saying she isn't talented and is a fantastic song writer but she can't sing live at all

  75. 75

    Your opinions are so untrustworthy I really think Taylor Swift must be paying you. Any retarded half brained monkey can see that bitch can't sing.

  76. 76

    I love Kelly Clarkson, she's the most talented down to earth artist I have seen in a LONG time. She's brilliant, right and I love her. Go Kelly!

  77. 77

    While Taylor is a very talented song writer, her singing needs a little work. Her live performances leave a lot to be desired.

  78. kahlo says – reply to this


    Oh your ears Mario..

    Taylor really can't sing.. unless it has a healthy dose of autotune. Sure she's cute, sure she's sweet. But honey.. she's no singer.

  79. 79

    Taylor Swift can't sing. She can write good songs but she has a terrible voice. She should stick to writing songs and letting people like Kelly with actual musical talent sing. :)

  80. 80

    TAYLOR CANT SING AND THAT IS OBVIOUS. even britney spears can do it better. her voice is crap.
    kelly can sing but her music is crap.

  81. 81

    I had front row tickets to her concert and girl can SING, but she's a pig, 100%

  82. 82

    I love Kelly even more now! She is absolutely right but the problem with American Idol is that sometimes the BEST contestants lose to the most POPULAR one. Sometimes. This Scott should take a chill pill and it would have been better if he just admits, your right, she had an off night and it happens. Trying to throw blame only lands it right in your lap in a not so nice way.

  83. 83

    Re: trader2025 – WTF does that have to do with her coal abilities? Nothing! Maybe you should post your own pic as your avatar so we can see if YOU are a fat pig and can then call pot calling kettle. Asshole.

  84. 84

    Re: harliecharlie381 – She changed because they didnt want to listen to what she wanted to do musically. I call that artistic standards. She never said anything bad anout Idol and has on many occassions defended it. But whatever. You obviously don't know anything about talent based on your opinion/

  85. 85

    It is no secret that Taylor can't sing. She is just behind some good songwriters. I just had this conversation the other day. She is really crap but I think her personality carries her, she seems like a sweet girl. As for Kelly Clarkson… you got to love her.

  86. k-lee says – reply to this


    Yeah, Taylor is definitely not a great singer. Good, maybe, but not great. I mean, if she auditioned in American Idol, she's not gonna make it through the first round. Her vocals are not her strength. It's the melody and message of her songs that got her to where she is.

  87. 87

    Re: MyOpinionOnly – * meant VOCAL abilities.. not "coal"…lol!

  88. 88

    Damn Kelly What happened girl you gained a few pounds there!!!!

  89. 89

    go eat another donut kelly

  90. 90

    I LOVE me some Kelly Clarkson. I knew she'd win Idol from the beginning and I voted for her a zillion times. She can sing. Taylor Swift? She seems like a lovely girl…BUT her voice is crap. She can't sing live at all. Ever. Maybe she should stick to writing songs for others. I still can't wrap my head around why she is so famous—considering she can't sing!

  91. 91

    I went to one of Kelly's concerts this summer and she has a great voice. As far as Taylor goes I've only seen her live on TV and it has never been good (sorry but true). She is more of a writer than a singer. A singer should be able to ……SING……and that means on their own with out studio manipulation.

  92. 92

    fat kelly comments = old. taylor is a great songwriter. singer, not so much. she does convery the songs she sings well though. either way, what this guy said was out of line. i love how kelly speaks her mind and doesn't back down. i see how sometimes she comes off as a bitch, but in the music business, a young woman sometimes has to be. she's no puppet and that's one of the many things i love about her. she's awesome and an incredible songwriter as well

  93. 93

    kelly is a great singer. saw her live. awesome performer. taylor…not so much.

  94. 94

    Clarkson looks lkie a tub of lard! Poor fat girl!

  95. 95

    Re: zannalee69 – Spot on. Taylor Swift is overrated. Studio rcordings are no proof of singing ability and good vocals, the production team digitally enhance the voice, the music and the arragement. Live singing is the real test, and we all know that Kelly can sing.

  96. 96

    Re: Hum0rMe – MJ had incredible vocals, and was an excellent singer.

  97. 97

    Perez sometimes dude I swear your so sideways it's disgusting! You post a bad picture of kelly on purpose yet you go and say BOTH GIRLS CAN SING. WTF did you honestly just put Kelly and Taylor in the same sentence? Just admit it Taylor Swift can't sing. What's so "swift" about Taylor if Kayne can steal the mic from her!

    All you Taylor fans STFU!!! The bitch can't sing when you finally realize that your going to feel like retards. Go listen to Whitney Houson's Greatest Hits, Go listen to Celine Dion, Martina McBride then come back and tell me Taylor can sing, if so then YOUR TONE DEAF.

  98. 98

    i like taylor swift and all but she DEFINITELY cant sing, doesnt matter if she's performing or recorded she still cant sing.

  99. 99

    love kelly!!!!!!!!!!!
    seriously taylor is getting annoying…..

  100. 100

    shes a country singer what do you expect. They stick to the same tone for every song…its very monotone and boring.

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