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Chris Robinson: Taylor Swift Packaged and Horrible

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Rocker Chris Robinson, lead singer for the Black Crowes, lashed out at Taylor Swift in a recent interview and it wasn't pretty.

The self-professed "musical snob" is definitely NOT a fan of Swift.  He said: "I find it embarrassing that adults are like, 'Taylor Swift is very talented.'  She's not.  She might be cute, but she's horrible."

Working himself up into a pretty good rant, actress Kate Hudson's ex continued: "They have stylists who dress them, they make records with producers who play a chord into the computer and it all comes out the same.  When you have computers doing it all for you, there's no individuality.  Singing isn't always about being on key; it's about emotionality."

Swift has been named the top-selling digital artist in music history with over 28 million digital tracks sold.  To date, she has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, earning $45 million in 2010  -- these stats according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Robinson is not alone in finding fault with packaged artists.  The CMA nominations for 2010 were announced this week, and neither Swift nor Carrie Underwood will be vying for Entertainer of the Year.   Taylor won the award in 2009.

The CMA Entertainer of the Year field of nominees for 2010:  Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band.

Swift and Underwood were nominated in the Female Vocalist category.  Also nominated and poised to duke it out are Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire.

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I am a Dad to a 13 year old girl. My musical tastes run from AC/DC to The Who, The Stones, Cream, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Ozzy, Eagles, all kinds of classic rock. And I happen to think Taylor Swift is great as well. It's different from the others, but not all music is the same OK? I think Chris Robinson is too negative. What is the purpose of lashing out like that? Taylor Swift writes her own stuff and being the dad of a young teenage girl, I think a lot of her songs are really wonderful. The songs talk about life in a way that many can identify with. The Black Crowes don't speak to that set, does Robinson think that his group's audience is the only one that matters? I happen to like some of his stuff too, but everything in its place. I am really glad there is more than one genre! Sorry Robinson, saying things like you did in that interview just makes you sound like a bully. It doesn't sound discerning,. It doesn't sound like you have some advanced musical palette. Chill out, enjoy your art and get into it. Stop focusing on what you don't like, it is pointless and just makes you look bad. Taylor, you are terrific! Keep doing what you are doing and pour your heart into it. Some people wont like it, that's OK, plenty of people do.