Nelly Furtado on SNL: Painfully Bad
POSTED ON 5/22/2006 | PERMALINK |3 Comments | BOOKMARK
I've always been a big fan of Nelly Furtado. She occupied a unique place in popular music as a bright, individualistic artist in a sea of no-talent teenagers. But her stint on the season finale of SNL was extremely disappointing. The performance and the music, itself, were dismal failures. The tunes weren't just bad. They were dumb.

And her partnership with the once-inventive Timbaland appeared to be at the center of the problem. Furtado is too strong and too talented to become just another Aaliyah, whose partnership with Timbaland yielded excellent results, but was extremely one-sided. She's too good to be a mere puppet, but she sure came off as one on SNL.

The new album hasn't even dropped yet, and the disappointment is palpable. SNL's host Kevin Spacey may be playing Lex Luthor on the big screen, but Timbaland was Nelly Furtado's kryptonite.

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Blogger sarah t. said...

it's rare that I comment...but there's something I have to say about Nelly and her atrocious performance on SNL.

What upset me the most was not the terrible singing...the awful dancing...or the unshakeable sense that she was more Timbaland backup singer than performer in her own right.

What upset me was that the lyrics, the image, and the message flew in the face of what Nelly Furtado did best in her previous life. She used to be herself. She used to project a positive image to women. She used to step up and represent something good, and right, and positive. She used to be a solid role model for girls.

And I know this sounds ridiculous--why should she be required to set an example? And I wouldn't be so upset about it...if she hadn't already set that example--and just dashed it to the ground.

Mon May 22, 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the performance of Nelly Furtado on SNL was "amazingly entertaining"! I just saw it on a poor online video stream and I can just imagine what if I saw her live! I don't understand why? Why if theres a well proven artist(s) made a different direction from what people are used to is seen as another form called as a "sell out"! Crossing over to Pop? Okay that's what the Pop form needs is a real proven talent. She is a real and serious musician and her style is full of energy. Miss Nelly Furtado is an example of true talent and damn she is SEXY! Some diluted fans or haters will ask "Why is she doing the bootyshaking now?" Why not! She has that booty that can hypnotized every male and female alike that watches and listens to her...What's this other complaint that " She used to be a role model"! What? Now she is not? She is still a role model for all! Now she is more in a mature situation in her life and career. She is NOT your or anybody's nanny! She has a life of her own so I respect her as an artist not a nanny. Timbaland is another well proven artist/producer/rapper in the business. His creative beats adds versatility to the album. So just fucking enjoy people, clebrate that true talent makes it to the big massive! People need more real shit...! Nelly Furtado, she is the next one! Now, you know deep inside of you that you want to shake it! Life is short just like Nelly's outfits!

Mon Jun 19, 04:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nelly Furtado is a sell-out. She used to project a more wholesome, positive image and now she appears like a cheap, unprincipled, "promiscuous" girl who would cater to the most basic and primal instincts while sacrificing any musical or social integrity she had - just to make a few more dollars and gain exposure.

What kind of a message does this send to the young women who used to look up to her as a role model? That it's better to appear like a sex object and be "loose," than to have decency, modesty, and creativity?

Nelly Furtado has lost my respect, and also that of many others.

Sat Jul 08, 11:02:00 PM  

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