As we prepare for a new Taylor Swift single later this month (wasn’t that what her Instagram video was hinting?), I want to remind everyone that the flawlessly flawed songstress didn’t always have the love of CollegeCandy. While I’m a shameless fan because, whatever, I’m not above admitting “All Too Well” is an amazing song, previous CC editors definitely did not share my enthusiasm.
In 2009 we published a post written by Lauren in which we declared what many were afraid to — that Taylor Swift is overrated. Read what she had to say below, and then weigh in with your opinion!
Ok, before you jump down my throat, search for my coordinates on Google maps and hunt me down in my sleep, please hear me out.
First of all, I like Taylor Swift. I like that she’s sweet and wholesome, I like that she writes her own music, I like that they play her music all the time on the radio so I can turn it up loud when I’m driving and sing at the top of my lungs. I think she’s got awesome hair and love that she doesn’t let her 5’11 frame bother her.
I really do like her.
But all that being said, I also think the Taylor-mania is getting a little out of control. When she beat out Beyonce at the now infamous VMAs this past September, I agreed with what Kanye said. (And that made me rather unpopular, to say the least.) Sure, Taylor’s song was catchy and the video was cute, but it was not better than Beyonce’s jaw-dropping choreography for “All The Single Ladies.” The lyrics weren’t anything new or brilliant, the tune wasn’t anything we hadn’t heard before (assuming anyone ever listened to country music before…) and while the song was good, it was by no means the best.
And it was at that moment – when Kanye acted a fool – that people started looking at Taylor in a new way, putting her up on some pedestal that she never really deserved to be on.
Just last week Taylor beat out Martina McBride and Reba McEntire to take home the award for Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs. Then at last night’s AMAs, she took home 5 awards, even beating out Lady Gaga, KOL an MICHAEL FREAKING JACKSON for Artist of the Year.
Now, I get the love for T-Swift, but really?
Better than Michael?
This is a little much.
Taylor Swift has done a lot to bring country to the forefront of the music scene and she knows how to write a good sing-along jam (I can’t help but belt out some Love Story at the bar), but she is not the artist everyone is touting her to be. Her voice isn’t strong like Celine, she doesn’t dance like Beyonce and she’s not really pushing any envelopes like Gaga.
So what is all the fuss about? What is it about Taylor that is so effing great?!
I’m sorry, but she’s is just another run of the mill sugar coated pop star with a great PR team around her making us all believe she’s something that she’s not. And when she looks at those 10 new statues she’s taken home in the past 3 months alone, she better be giving thanks to the one and only Kanye West.
Homeboy handed her career to her on a Hennessy-soaked silver platter.
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