Country Music Hall of Fame events usually bring out well-heeled execs in suits and women dressed to the nines.
Thursday night's fundraiser in Los Angeles brought out little girls in cowboy boots holding hands with their moms. The reason? Taylor Swift was in the house.
"We were smart enough to invite this kid," joked Vince Gill, as he introduced the 20-year-old country-pop sensation. "We dig her because she sold all the tickets. Miss Taylor Swift, everybody!"People sipping wine in the floor seats chuckled knowingly. People in the balcony seats screamed their heads off.
Swift herself sat demurely on the stage in a knee-length daffodil yellow dress, flanked by icons. To her left - Gill and Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson. To her right - a playful Lionel Richie, who insisted on being called "LioNEL" the entire evening, a throwback to his self-proclaimed "big hair" days with the Commodores.
The five artists were participating in a time-honored country music tradition, the Guitar Pull - a round-robin where each musician takes a turn performing a song.
Swift strummed along softly as Kristofferson sang "Me and Bobby McGee" with Harris on back-up vocals. Richie played piano and goaded Gill into an impromptu guitar solo during "Easy," his 1977 hit with the Commodores. After Swift performed her latest single, "Mine," Gill made a personal request for "Fifteen," an ode to her freshman year in high school. "I was thinking about writing a song called 'Fifty,'" he quipped.
Richie's R&B and pop classics were a refreshing twist, and the melodies played well against the country tunes of his peers on stage. In fact, his songs will be reinterpreted by country artists in an upcoming CD produced by Nashville's Tony Brown. Gill said he and his wife, Amy Grant, would be covering "Easy."
As for Swift, she more than held her own with this bunch of veteran singer/songwriters two and three times her age.
The acoustic setting showcased the intimate nature of her songwriting, and her voice sounded strong against the quiet backdrop - unlike some award show performances, where her voice occasionally loses focus when competing against splashy stage productions.
The performance for the Country Music Hall of Fame proved she had every right to share the spotlight with such icons as Kristofferson, Gill, Harris and Richie. Her unique ability to grow the country music audience while effortlessly nabbing awards like the 2010 Grammy for "Album of Year" speak to her impact as an artist.
As she reached for her trademark guitar encrusted in sparkly Swarovski crystals, Gill couldn't help busting her chops. "Oh yeah, come on Buck Owens!" he roared as Harris asked pragmatically, "You're going to give it to the Hall of Fame, right?"
"Eventually," Swift replied.
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I wonder what Taylor's parents think of all of Taylor's promiscuity. All the rumors we've heard about Taylor Swift are apparently so true. She likes Na Palm served by countless numbers.
I guess Taylor Swift is wanting to let us all know that she's grownup by writing lyrics seemingly to indicate that she's no saint with her new " Dear John " song. At least she wants us to believe it was bad boy John Mayer. Maybe this is better that wearing feathers and dancing around inside of a birdcage screaming I'm no longer a child star. Is she still the person you thought she was?
Taylor Swift is undeniably a very skilled business person. She also knows how to write teenage and kiddie tunes. Her fan base is the same group following Justine Bieber. Maybe they will write some songs and sing them as a duo.Justine Bieber should have been on the show with all the legends too.
cathy, oh my god, you disrespect so many fans including me who's not a teenager yet a avid fan of taylor. and also we don't really care of bieber, who's that by the way? maybe you should know that taylor has very diverse fans, what i mean is not only consists of kids and teenagers but adults too.
you know why so many people love and admire her bec. not only her whole being but she knows how to communicate through her music. you have to go to her concerts before you judge her cause you don't know what you are talking about.
this show is effin brilliant. it's just raw, acoustic and real. all of the performers are outstanding, they all bring something different to the table. glad i went. taylor is a talented young lady and pretty darn nice too which is refreshing.
i think what everyone is missing in their discussion is this. taylor was invited solely to the event due the fact that she is currently very popular with those willing to pay money to attend this music event. the country music icons on the stage with her although legends could not attract enough money paying attendees. those responsible for producing the event knew this. it's all about money and not about talent or if taylor deserved to be on the same stage. enough already.
"Carrie Underwood crushes Taylor Swift in talent poll
Almost 10,000 people voted in a poll asking which of these two songbirds the biggest talent was. Carrie Underwood was the clear winner, taking 63% of the vote. Taylor Swift ran a distant second at 30%, with 5% of readers unable to choose between the two and 2% opting for another singer as their favorite. "
The key word here is 'talent' and that's where Carrie Underwood is the winner, hands down! Taylor Swift shouldn't even be mentioned with the word 'talent' in the same sentence. Has anyone besides me ever even listened to her weak, screeching voice? Like fingernails on a chalkboard! UGH!!
Taylor does not deserve to be on the same stage with music legends.
June 18, 2010
sorry oscar, tell carrie to write at least one song before you comment here. taylor deserved to be there. it's for the singer-songwriters and can play instruments. lol basing someone talents base on a stupid poll, you're kidding me right? ahaha
Eric:much of the time, it is as though Taylor is just yelling with a fake Southern accent into the recording equipment and calling it singing. The actual song lyrics themselves, while catchy, are pretty generic and similar to one another. She is constantly singing of heartbreak and immaturely drops the name of any male that wronged her into her songs. In her brief 20-year-life, it is doubtful that she has actually experienced that much heartbreak and that many failed relationships... she's such a fake. Furthermore, have you ever noticed, her guitar playing can't be heard above other musicians in her band. Eric, I feel about her command of the guitar about like you feel about polls...you're kidding me right? hahaha lol
oscar: lol you definitely haven't seen her concerts do you? lol taylor plays with just her guitar and you can definitely can hear her guitar playing bec. it's stripped down and no one is playing except her lol you can write an entire album and so many songs with just one relationship lol you know how many emotions and things happen within a relationship...haha lol tell carrie to write at least one song please so we can talk about songwriting dude! and lol singing ins't always belting your way out of the roof! lol
laughing at people criticizing taylor for performing there. i think the girl deserve to be there. i think the love and respect that the legends and the audience has showed taylor will prove you to that. continue what you do taylor and don't ever change and let fame goes in your head. i wish you all the happiness and success.
Two things I thought I'd never see: People complaining about Taylor Swift performing at Country Music's Hall of Fame event and people complaining so much that Sesame Street dumped the Katy Perry and Elmo Duo. What is this world coming to. I love you Elmo and Taylor I love you most of all.
people these days don't know what really music is all about. it's about what a song made you feel right? the emotions runs through you when you hear it? i think miss swift brings back that feeling. whether you agree or not, there's a reason why many people respected and love her music.
sometimes you can have the most perfect powerful voice but no one can relate to it, then i'll go with the one who make me feel in their songs any day and that's why i prefer singer-songwriters bec. they are based to experiences.
not a big fan but i truly understand why she was so loved and respected by many. i get it, and i wish her luck with her career and i wish many artist are just like her.
I cannot, repeat cannot stand Taylor Swift, she is overrated, in 5 more years no one will care, cuz she cannot singggggggggggggggggg, can barely write anything interesting to anyone beyond the age of 15, has no stage presence, nothing notjing at all. Country is so watered down now, where is Dolly Patton now that is a gurl! that picks the guitar, writes her own songs too and commands the hell outta an audience, Lawretta lynn, wrote better songs when she was Taylors age, so go figure
lol cannot write interesting to anyone beyond the age of 15? are you kidding me? she has diverse fans as you think! has no stage presence? what the hell are you talking about? have you seen her concerts? i suggest you do so that you'll eat your own words and jaw-dropped after.
even you hated her, you can't deny the girl is talented period.
how mature of you to pour out your hate on the internet lol
George Strait does not write his own music......
I've seen youtube.com videos of her performing at the VMA's, Grammy's, with Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard and on Ellen DeGeneres, just to see what everyone is all excited about....
Taylor's Voice= no tone, no pitch, no strength, no balance, no chords, no melody, no flow, no octaves. Nothing to see or HEAR here people.........NEXT!!!!!
dude, the concert was 'all for the hall' search for that, it's a guitar pull acoustic type concert. she's brilliant i can't deny that. give the credit when it's already overdue. and also search for her concerts clips. i think i'll go to her speak now concert next year.
you can't judge the artist with just few clips lol
Those responsible for including Taylor Swift on the same stage with seasoned music legends have performed a disservice to the music industry and music fans. Ms. Swift mapped out her own career and fan base with aid of social networks and not by tradition methods. The infamous Kanye West's stage-crashing incident at last year's ceremony also propelled her career out front of everyone. She launched herself and wrote her own songs and she needs to be recognized…rightfully so for accomplishing her goals. But I think she has already been awarded for this with all the awards including four grammys. Ms. Taylor should have won ETOY in 2010 and in my opinion was skunked…. Why I don’t really know. Ms. Swift is very talented because she’s at the tops of the charts with her music and annual income. There are other singers and musicians with more talent but have not sold record one…they lacked star power. Taylor Swift has star power, mojo, charisma …call it what you want. This girl is talented in so many ways and the music industry is better for her. However, by including Taylor Swift on the same stage as music legends, I feel that the music industry is telling musicians and fans everywhere, at 20 years old Taylor Swift is their equal. I say, don’t pee down my back and tell me it’s raining. If Taylor Swift can continue to pull charms out of her small bag of tricks for the next 20 years then maybe she should be invited back onto the same stage as authentic music legends.
taylor didn't just recieve all her fame and success without her working her ass off for it. you don't realize how respected she is by her fellow musicians especially in nashville. she's been in the industry since she was 12, singing and as a professional songwriter by sony. you think the media handed her success? and you think the kanye incident made her who she is now? she didn't just pop out in the industry last year, she's basically a veteran now whether you like her or not. that's the fact
and you think she didn't make it by traditional methods? well, she moved to nashville and make demo cds for years then she became a professional songwriter then eventually signed by a record company. last time i've checked that the traditional way. she didn't join a singing contest or any reality shows just to get a record deal. i think starting from nothing is harder.
yes. she has talent and a lot of that. for me as a fan it just sad and frustrating to me how people judge her without even researching her, they just criticize her without any valid bases.
and i think as you may not believe, taylor deserved to be there with the legends. she deserved it. we didn't say she was already a legend or anything. and i agree that she needs to prove it. but you know what i believe she can be someday.
dude i wonder how she felt when she was close to people who can actually sing! =D
Charice Pempengco will put her off from the billboard chart....oh yeah...Mabuhay Pilipinas...!!...^__^
SHE'S SUCH A YOUNG BEAUTY WITH LOTS GREAT AND BLESS YEARS AHEAD OF HER. GOD BLESS YOU AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE,
I just can't believe that if make a less than favorable comment about Taylor's voice or performance then you are considered a " hater".
You are "haters." When you sit there and complain about someone because they aren't perfect in every way. You people are the ones who really look like fools. You don't understand what music is or what it should be. Music is an art, remember? Enjoying music has little to do with hearing perfect tones coming out of a mouth. Do you have kids of your own? How do they sound singing on stage? Would you want them to stop singing if they didn't sound like some perfect opera singer?
i think what her fans meant is people judge the girl with just one performance and hate her with irrelevant and shallow reasons. i think what angers them is people leave hateful comments as if they know the girl. there's a difference between hateful and constructive criticism. and i think the majority is just hate. i don't know if that helps but whatever.
miss swift is brilliant that night! i adore her! can't wait for speak now!
I'm sorry...but I have to agree with Samantha, Otis, Marilyn, Joe and Sandra on this one. Just as some people have a right to like Taylor, I have a right not to. It's really about putting a microphone up to your lips, opening your mouth, and having a very pleasant sound come out of it. The comparisons here to Taylor are not about different types of music so much as just having a voice that can flow and hold a chord that appeals to the audience. Although she seems like a sweet girl who may love her fans, she lacks a lot of strength in her voice and maturity in her songwriting. I don't hate her by any means, and she's more talented than say Britney Spears, but her media hype doesn't deliver in a world where people know what singing should really sound like....
i respect your opinion. but i adore her voice, it's unique and you can tell that it's her singing. and you questioned her maturity in songwriting? how about you listen to her 2 full albums. i mean every single one of her songs and you'll understand that she's mature beyond her age when it comes to her writing. you can judge an artist by one or two songs you only heard by them. and i think that she's more talented than any artist in the mainstream today. at least she writes her own material, sing, play instruments and is in charge of her own career.
if you want the real definition of what real, authentic musician, it's taylor.
Taylor Swift actually reminds me of Ashlee Simpson.
Taylor=Corny. Grow up!
JOE= DIAF. YOUR A BAD TROLL
lol how about NO! and i think you should be the one who's in need of growing up.
Taylor does great acoustic performances. Everytime she does one she knocks it out of the ball park. She really does need to more of these. They really show her talent. I also love Taylor and I am in my late 20's. I love singing her music as I drive to work everyday.
Open your ears people. Put Taylor and Carrie Underwood on a stage and tell me who sounds better. It's really THAT SIMPLE. A real musician sounds good pretty much ALL THE TIME. Not when the mood, lighting, and guitar sounds/looks just right. She seems like a sweet girl who wouldn't hurt a fly, but real adult Americans want raw talent. The reason why people don't want to compare apples and oranges, other than the fact that all the comparisons mentioned have different types of music, is b/c everyone knows deep down she doesn't have a great voice. PERIOD.....
Marilyn, I know that Carrie is a great artist in all and I do like her, but not everything in this world is about Carrie. There are more artist out there. Taylor was great last night. Get over yourself.
Carrie has a nice voice but I don't much care for her songs. I love some of Taylor's songs and I think her voice is fine. You can listen to Carrie all you want and I will never put you down for it. I will listen to Taylor and we will both be happy.
you want raw talent? taylor that's the answer. honestly, if i had to choose between carrie and taylor, i'll choose taylor but it doesn't mean i hate her. it's just i don't prefer her style. i prefer an artist who can write her own songs because you can feel and tell it's real rather than pay someone who will write your own songs. i find answers and i feel things when taylor's singing, i can tell she put her heart in everything she does. and i'm not a teenager anymore and i aspire to be her. you can say all you want about taylor but it doesn't change the fact the many people love her and can relate to her music.
Marilyn oh, get over yourself carrie stan. tell her to write her own songs first before you comment here. even though you don't like any artist, you have no right to put them down. just do your thing taylor! i know many loves her! ignore the haters.
Why is it that everytime a go to read a nice article at Taylor Swift, there's always some arrogant and ignorant person who gets the first response and uses it to bash her. Seriously, you haters need to go home. If you REALLY revel in ruining these kinds of things for the people who LOVE Miss Swift as I do, then you rally need a reality check. I thought this performance, especially the one of "Mine", was one of her best ones to date. It seriously gave me goosebumps and made me feel so PROUD to be a Taylor Swift fan. I am 21 years old and have loved her since I was 18 and I will NEVER stop being a fan, no matter what.
I just really wish the people commenting on here who know absolutely nothing about this girl would go find another hobby, because you're seriously pathetic.
I'm 22 and love Taylor! I have seen her 3 times in concert and is truely amazing! She is a entertainer, her Fearless tour made you feel like you were in a story book.. She will never have the vocals like Carrie Underwood but she writes amazing music. She connects to her fans like they are her best friends, who else does that?! Who co-directs their own music videos(mine), Taylor does. All the hatrers need to get their facts stright. Can't wait for Speak Now!!
people, stop commenting irrelevant and hateful comments if you haven't seen the girl live. it's easy for you to say that she can't sing and doesn't have a good voice when you don't even bother seeing her live. no one says that she has the most powerful and greatest voice but she can definitely sing. stop comparing artist because all of them are different and that's actually good. imagine if all of the artist are all the same musically and vocally, i'm sure you'll get tired and sick of it.
to the one doubting the girls fan base, i believe that they will grow with her and will continue to support her no matter what. country fans are loyal. and i believe that to her fans she isn't an artist but rather her best friend.
i love the girl, she's very talented, a good-role model, genuine, sweet and most importantly intelligent. i'm very impressed and can't wait for the album.
The country fans are loyal. But Taylor is not country.Taylor's current fans will not grow with her. Haven't you noticed that her fans did not vote for her to win Entertainer of the Year. This is the first sign that she has a problem with her fickle fan base. I think she won four surfboards this year... Hooooray.
otis, yes taylor is country. i think that her fans will continue to support her no matter what so put your hate else where. her fans didn't vote for her at the acm's EOTY because she wasn't even nominated so your argument is irrelevant dude! and she hasn't release any album in the last two years so that is understood that she will be not nominated. but when speak now comes out, be prepared dude. she'll be nominated and will wins awards again. so much that she'll annoy the hell out of you.
grow up and carry on!
April 19, 2010 Los Angles Times
It's shocking that Taylor Swift lost all four nominations at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Taylor Swift lost entertainer of the year to Carrie Underwood, female vocalist of the year and video of the year to Miranda Lambert and song of the year to Lady Antebellum. John the truth hurts doesn't it.
to otis, dude i think the reason why taylor did not win anything on the acms because she hasn't put anything out since 2008. and it's fair and right only that the winner should be the one who has a current material or album going on. honestly, i didn't expect her to win cause the other nominees has a newer material than her. LOL don't hate, you didn't even know the girl.
don't worry dude when her new album came out, expect her to win awards.
sorry dude that's the truth
ditto Randy, i was impressed. i think i'll buy her album lol
You know whats funny? The fact you haters actually have the quality of time to even comment on this. If you hate her so much then get the hell off here. No one and I mean no one cares about your opinion so why waste your spare time commenting on this? While your insulting her she's probably prancing along to the bank and depositing a million dollar check. She's making a lot more than you are. So therefore do you really think she cares about the people who bash her and criticize her all the time ? No. I highly doubt she does. Why would she change her style of music if it's only making her a bigger star than she already is? Just wondering...
Caught some video of it. Love her in this setting. I prefer her in this setting where she doesn't try and outsing a song or use flashy performances and an overpowering band that drowns her out. Very sweet, very modest, great wit with her banter among the others. Love ya, Taylor Swift. Can't wait for the album.
I was on the balcony last night and she was amazing. I have to admit I've seen her performances on TV and definitely had my doubts, but she held her own. She should do more acoustic performances...that's where her voice shines. All that flashy nonsense on awards shows is unnecessary. At the people saying she has no talent: did you morons even read the article? Seriously, if you weren't there, don't comment like you know her.
i know right, i was there too and i'm impressed! going to buy her new album next month. miss swift, you have a new fan!
I'm sorry, but her voice live is horrible. I really tried to give her a chance, but my opinion never changes. Her songwriting is extremely immature, rightfully so, because she has barely had any life experiences to relate to anyone over 25 or more. No one, and I mean NO ONE, can honestly look me in the eye right now and tell me she sings better than Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Christina Aquilera, or Carrie Underwood. She is overrated so much so it should be illegal. Stroking a few strings on a guitar doesn't equal a compelling, truly talented artist who has something important to say. True story.....
It's funny because I don't think anyone, and I mean ANYONE, has ever actually compared her to Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera or Carrie Underwood. And as a Taylor Swift fan, a huge one at that, I can testify to the fact that she will never in her lifetime the vocal accomplishment and chops the previously mentioned ladies have. No one, and I mean NO ONE, to quote you, will ever or has ever said that. Typing untrue and unnecessary opinions based off of what I assume is no previous insight to her story or acoustic performances (where, like this reporter, has stated is where she truly shines), doesn't equal a person capable of providing factual insight or has anything important to say either. Also a true story.
The thing to consider is that if you can't relate to her music, you are not the demographic that Taylor is targeting. There are, however, a LARGE amount of people who can. She's set out to go after a different type of goal than the powerhouse vocals. No need to compare, no need to dislike because she doesn't have their vocals. All of those ladies you mentioned are very different artists, as is Taylor. It's comparing apples and oranges and last I checked, there was no definition of what makes someone "good" or "bad." Personally, I like this girl. Her music is fun, and I've never seen an artist be more in touch and give back to her fans that she does. Clearly, some of these Country Greats seem to grasp that too. Great article, CNN.
I like Taylor and her acting like a classy young lady but I don't believe she has the pipes to carry her career more than a few years. I doubt that she will be able to maintain her fan base unless she continues to think she's Tinkerbell. I think most of her fans are less than 15year of age and those fans believe in Taylor and Tinkerbell. It amazes me that she gets to sit on stage plucking her guitar with Country Music Icons. I think this phenomenon started with rap when you can get a record deal and no longer need a good singing voice.
sorry but i adore her voice. i suggest go see her live and you'll eat all the words that you said. you don't really get taylor don't you? she can sing and the most important about her is the message she wants to give to the listeners. it's not always about who has the most powerful voice, sometimes it's how the way a song can affect you and change your lives. and that's what taylor songs does to me. her songs are like therapy. and i'm in my late 20s. i adore her.
and to OTIS: sorry but not all her fans are children and it's insulting that you generalized us. all of my friends in college adore her and i know many adults who love her. have you seen her concerts? i guess not, you can see men, women, children, teenagers and in both genders.
and she's definitely worthy of her spot with the country legends that night. i think the audience response and the love and respect that the legends have gave taylor will prove you that.
No one in their right mind would compare Taylor to Christina and Mariah. Even though Christina and Mariah have big voices, I do not care for them. Aretha Franklin has a big voice, but I can only take so much. They over do their voices. Have you heard Christina's Christmas album? I though that junk in the trash. Music is all in the eye or ear of the beholder. I am a patient care tech and while taking care of a patient in his home yesterday I had to endure 6 hours of classical music. While he enjoyed listening to it I wanted to pull my hair out. I like Taylor and I enjoy her music. I am in my 30's and yes I still wish I could find Prince Charming. I am a single mother who married a total jerk and even though life is tough, I wish for my own fairy tale ending. Ahh a lady can wish right.
omg, dont' even compare taylor to the girls you have mentioned. taylor has real, honest, genuine music unlike any of them. she writes her material from what she knows and her experiences not like the others who pay songwriters to write for them.
and jesus at least her music is not garbage unlike many mainstream artist these days, thank god for taylor!
Your right, she can't sing as well as those you mentioned.. But guess what, she writes her songs, performs them. She is still young and as she grows, so will her songs. You cannot deny her talent. Question, where's Mariah these days? Taylor seems to be a long lasting talent that has a chance to be around 30+ years... Pop stars burn out after a few years, folks that write & perform and keep thier songs revelant have staying power.
Found Taylor to having surprisingly held her own with these country greats. There seemed to be a mutual respect last night and it was great to see between the different generations of country music. Swift held her own, I'm thinking that the smaller, acoustic sets are where she shines.
i know and i'm certainly impressed by her and you can tell these legends adores her too. she'll be a legend herself one day, i can see it. i like her songwriting it's like pure poetry and her style. i can only dream to write the songs she have written. the girl deserves respect and the success. she earned it and i can't believe she's in the music industry since she was 12. i'll buy her new record.
why do little girls scream at here...she has no talent whatsoever....cant carry a tune in the bucket...god help country music...if this is what we have to listen to ...thank goodness for good time rock n roll.....
Come on! You have no right to comment. I bet you aren't even on the benefit. Swift was brilliant last night! I'm impressed!
Another Swift hater I see...my gosh you are all like insects that need to be squashed. No one has ever said that Swift is the greatest voice of all time, but she has talent and she is fun to listen to. So quit acting like they are giving the girl the "Best thing since the Beatles" award.
This girl sold more records than anyone last year for a reason. She CAN sing, and she's an actual songwriter. At her age, that's amazing in times like these. She's bringing credibility and talent back to the music industry. I like a few of her songs, but I don't really consider myself a fan. Even so, I still recognize how important she is. Maybe not as "country" as you'd like her to be, but she certainly has heart.
I've got to go with Debbie, she cannot sing, so please don't try to say she can. That being said, it doesn't really seem that anyone cares. I don't really like her type of music, but I'm a Kris Kristofferson fan and even he said he sang like a frog. It's not the voice, it's the connection with the audience.
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