Stevie Nicks Compares Taylor Swift to Neil Diamond

Stevie Nicks Compares Taylor Swift to Neil Diamond
Posted: April 30th, 2010 at 4:46 pm | By: Alison Bonaguro
Every year, Time magazine lists the 100 people who most affect our world. You can probably guess who is on that list, but what I like about their approach is that they asked Stevie Nicks for her take on Taylor Swift after this year’s Grammy Awards. “When I first got the call from Taylor Swift about performing with her at this year’s Grammy Awards, I really didn’t want to do it,” Nicks said. “She’s 20 years old, 5 ft. 11 in. and slender; I’m 40 years older and, to be frank, neither of the other two things!” She goes on to rave about both Swift’s determination and her childlike nature. But the line I love best is this: “This girl writes the songs that make the whole world sing, like Neil Diamond or Elton John.” Then she says of their performance, “I still walk around singing her song ‘Today Was a Fairytale.’ All of us girls want that boy to pick us up and think that we look beautiful even though we’re in jeans and clogs. We want it at 14, and we want it at 60. Taylor is writing for the universal woman and for the man who wants to know her. The female rock-‘n’-roll-country-pop songwriter is back, and her name is Taylor Swift. And it’s women like her who are going to save the music business.” I’ve never heard such high praise for Swift, but it’s hard to argue with any of it.

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