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What Taylor Swift haters get wrong - Celebrity -

What Taylor Swift haters get wrong Unlike Miley Cyrus' awkward image makeover, the 21-year-old's transition to adulthood seems genuine Taylor Swift in her music video for the song ""Mine" The transition from innocent kid to mature adult is hard enough even if you're not a superstar. But throw in a few red carpets, magazine covers and screaming fans, and it's a miracle any young celebrity gets out of adolescence unscathed. The highway of fame is littered with Britneys and Lindsays, girls who learned the hard way the grueling price of being America's teen sweetheart. And as continues to find new ways to shock and Miley Cyrus awkwardly sheds her Hannah Montana skin, the most successful young lady in music today is turning out to be a restrained girl from Pennsylvania whose greatest public scandal thus far involved getting upstaged by a motor-mouthed rapper. Taylor Swift, whose album "Speak Now" is being released today, is no typical pop tart. Sure, she's blond and pretty; she's been linked with Joe Jonas and "Twilight" star in oh-so-convenient tabloid-ready romances and her wardrobe choices are regular fodder for the . But she's also, by letting herself be exactly what she is – a 21 year old girl – something of a wonder. Unlike her just slightly older peers Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, Swift has no knowing, cartoony shtick. She doesn't disappear into elaborate costumes or overproduced, auto-tuned-within-an-inch-of-life hit singles. In fact, the most consistent source of criticism is her defiant realness. Last winter, she became the youngest artist to win the Grammy for Album of the Year – and picked up three top awards along the way. Yet what was the big water cooler subject the next day? Her duet with Stevie Nicks -- roundly criticized as . But as a friend who's a Broadway vocal coach pointed out at the time, Swift had the gumption to get out there resolutely unsweetened. You've got to feel for the girl; every time she shows up to pick up an armful of prizes, it seems the critics are there to leap in and tell her she didn't deserve it. Her most recent VMA appearance was considerably less dramatic than last year's: Swift caught flack for her low-key, . Spin summed it up when it crowed that it was a "melodramatic ... Livejournal entry set to music." But it would have been strange not to address the infamous 2009 incident, and she turned the episode into a blast of sincerity and blessedly unmanipulated singing in an otherwise auto-tuned and lip-synced evening. Did Justin Bieber or Usher dare to sing in such a bare-boned way? Not even close. She was also, in an era of Twitter feuds and reality TV meltdowns, extraordinarily gracious....

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