Monday, May 27, 2024

Taylor Swift Wins Best Song at the CMAs for “Better Man,” a Better Song Than Her Own Stuff


In quite a bit of timing, Taylor Swift won Best Song at the CMA’s last night in Nashville. But it’s a song you won’t be hearing on her “Reputation” album when it’s released to a massive marketing campaign tonight.

“Better Man” is sung by the group Little Big Town. Taylor apparently gave it to them because she thought of them when she wrote the harmonies.

Unlike all her current songs, “Better Man” is not co-written by anyone else– no Max Martin, Jack Antonoff, not produced by Shellback, etc. It’s just a really good song not aimed at ka-ching for Taylor. It doesn’t sample “I’m too Sexy” either. And it’s a better song than all that other stuff.

Basically, it’s a song from the pre-money grab Taylor Swift era. But she can’t sing it flying around arenas or stadiums. And if it’s about an ex boyfriend, it’s not as obvious as the singles she releases now.

When she sings it live, it’s a little dull.

Imagine if this had been Taylor Swift’s career.It’s like the movie “Sliding Doors.” Instead, tonight we will get “Reputation,” the equivalent of a Happy Meal that comes with special small toys as extras. There isn’t one song on “Reputation” that’s just written by Taylor Swift without help. So which is the real Taylor? You decide.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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