Attacks on Taylor Swift's Grammy night performance with the legendary Stevie Nicks have reached fever-pitch.
The Los Angeles Times says Swift gave "a strikingly bad vocal performance."
The Washington Post called it "incredibly wretched."
And The New York Times said, "The jig is up" and Swift's rapid overnight success has "has necessitated a re-evaluation."
Now Swift's record label is rushing to her defense, telling the Associated Press:
"She is the voice of this generation. 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," said Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta.
The record label also said there was an equipment issue: the volume in Swift's earpiece was malfunctioning and may have caused her to sound off-key.