La­bel chief de­fends Tay­lor Swift’s Grammy per­for­mance

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY CAITLIN KING

and writer and com­mu­ni­ca­tor. It’s not about that tech­ni­cally per­fect per­for­mance.”

Borchetta first re­sponded to the back­lash in the Ten­nessean. Asked by The As­so­ci­ated Press why he felt the need to de­fend Swift, he said be­cause the crit­i­cism was “just over the top.”

“It’s that clas­sic thing that crit­ics do of build­ing some­thing up and then want­ing to tear it down,” he said.

Swift re­hearsed her per­for­mance and duet with Ste­vie Nicks two dif­fer­ent times at the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les in front of a crowd of peo­ple. Crit­ics were nicer then. En­ter­tain­ment Weekly wrote of the re­hearsal, “ The two women’s voices com­pli­mented each other nicely on the har­monies of ’Rhi­an­non ...”’

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.”

As quickly as you could say Fear­less, blog­gers and me­dia out­lets, in­clud­ing the New York Times and the Wash­ing­ton Post, pounced on Swift’s per­for­mance. The chat­ter at times over­shad­owed the four Gram­mys she won — in­clud­ing al­bum of the year.

Borchetta said he doesn’t need crit­ics to give the 20-year-old the ben­e­fit of the doubt: “ What we have is so much big­ger than that. Am I go­ing to ask them to turn their heads, no, I don’t need them to.”

It’s doubt­ful her fans will aban­don Swift any­time soon, judg­ing by the con­grat­u­la­tions and pos­i­tive com­ments on her Face­book and MyS­pace pages, or that those with tick­ets to the sec­ond leg of her sold-out Fear­less tour will throw them away be­cause she had a bad night.

And with that, Borchetta has a mes­sage to all of her crit­ics.

“If you haven’t seen her live per­for­mance, you’re wel­come to come out as my guest to a Tay­lor Swift show and ex­pe­ri­ence the whole thing, be­cause it’s amaz­ing. You can see her in her el­e­ment. There’s a rea­son tick­ets are sell­ing like they are.”

Swift’s Fear­less al­bum has sold over 5 mil­lion copies and was last year’s top-sell­ing al­bum. She is the youngest artist to ever win the Gram­mys’ top prize of al­bum of the year. She will re­sume the Fear­less tour March 4 in Tampa, Fla.

———— On the Net: http://www.tay­lor­ NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says Frances Reid, who played ma­tri­arch Alice Horton on for four decades, has died in Los An­ge­les. She was 95.

The net­work says Reid died Wed­nes­day.

She was among the orig­i­nal cast of the day­time soap opera, which pre­miered in 1965. Reid starred op­po­site Macdon­ald Carey, who played her hus­band un­til his death in 1994.

Her fi­nal ap­pear­ance as a reg­u­lar was in 2007. Reid re­ceived the Day­time Em­mys’ Life­time Achieve­ment Award in 2004.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Tay­lor Swift poses back­stage with her awards for Al­bum of the Year, Best Fe­male Coun­try Vo­cal Per­for­mance, Best Coun­try Song and Best Coun­try Al­bum at the Grammy Awards, Sun­day, in Los An­ge­les.

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