Taylor Swift has had a charmed career so far, but one of her few missteps happened in an unfortunately high-profile venue: Singing with Stevie Nicks at the Grammy Awards, and going hideously off-key. Since then, Swift's relative merits have been the subject of much debate within the music industry, which is desperate for a lasting young mega-star to come along.
"As people point out in her defense, she still writes her own songs and is incredibly smart and talented," says Sean Ross, vice president of music and programming for Edison Media research. "So far she's done nothing wrong except try to sing 'Rhiannon' next to Stevie Nicks -- which I couldn't do, either. Just like the Jonas Brothers are still smart and talented, except they thought they could sing 'Superstition' next to Stevie Wonder. It may be in the same way teenagers think smoking will never have any consequences, that also applies to singing next to famous classic-rock acts."
For more on Swift and her Saturday night show in Raleigh, see the story in Friday's paper.