Taylor Swift performance defended
Taylor Swift's record label has defended her performance at the Grammy Awards.
The Love Story singer was hit by technical problems during her performance of Today Was A Fairytale and an apparently under-rehearsed duet with Stevie Nicks, which led to critics claiming she was off-key.
Big Machine Records boss Scott Borchetta said: "It's that classic thing that critics do of building something up and then wanting to tear it down."
He went on: "We had a volume problem in the ear. So, she was concerned that she wasn't able to hear everything in the mix.
"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."
And he had a message for Taylor's critics, including Entertainment Weekly's web site EW.com, which said: "There's no doubt that someone was badly off-key ... I'm afraid my money's on Taylor."
Borchetta said: "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."
He continued: "She is the voice of this generation. She speaks directly to (her fans), and they speak directly back to her.
"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."