Scott Borchetta, the head of Taylor Swift's record company, continues to defend his golden girl against those who found her Grammy night performance out-of-tune. He 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."
Unfortunately, by bringing American Idol into the conversation, Borchetta has now aroused the wrath of Kelly Clarkson. After reading Borchetta's comments, Kelly posted an open to letter to him on her blog, stating, "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 it's upsetting to read you attacking American Idol for producing vocalists that [simply] hit 'high notes.'...you know what? We not only hit the high notes, [but]...we generally hit the 'right notes' as well."
Kelly goes on to say, "Every artist has a bad performance or two...but throwing blame will not make the situation at hand any better...I bring this up because...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." She signed the letter, "One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes."
It's important to note that Kelly, a double Grammy winner herself, did not attack Taylor, only Borchetta. Kelly is a big fan of Taylor's: she's covered her songs in concert and also said she'd love for Taylor to write some songs for her.