Kelly Clarkson Defends 'American Idol' Following Comments From Taylor Swift's Record Boss

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 11:46 AM PDT
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Kelly Clarkson Defends "American Idol"

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"American Idol" alum' Kelly Clarkson weighed in on the controversy surrounding Taylor Swift's Grammy Awards performance.

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Kelly Clarkson isn't happy the head of Taylor Swift's record label seemed to take a shot at "American Idol" while defending the country cutie's Grammys duet with Stevie Nicks, which many said found Swift singing out of tune.

On Thursday, Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Records, defended Swift's Grammys performance, referencing the reality singing competition that discovered Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.

"She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly back to her," Borchetta 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."

But his comments prompted backlash from singing powerhouse Clarkson, who hit her blog to respond.

"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,'" Kelly wrote. "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."

Clarkson's main beef seemed to be with Borchetta giving Swift a pass because of her artistry, and what Clarkson seemed to consider a dig at "Idol's" like herself.

"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,'" Kelly wrote. "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."

Clarkson then signed her blog, "Sincerely, One of those contestants from American Idol who only made it because of her high notes."

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MORE ACCESS ON THESE TOPICS: Kelly Clarkson - Taylor Swift - American Idol - Grammy Awards - Reality TV

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