Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Defends Taylor Swift's CMTs Performance

Joe Elliott is slightly confused by some fans' reaction to Def Leppard's performance of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" with country-music sensation Taylor Swift during Tuesday night's 2009 CMT Music Awards. While the performance was well received by the Nashville audience, post-show some critics described Swift's delivery of the song's first line as "breathless."

"What a lot of people don't know, because they're not supposed to, is, she was up for five awards; two of them with us, and three on her own," Def Leppard's frontman says. "She won three of them, and about a minute before we started that song, she had just picked up an award. So, after she accepted the award, she had to run down the stairs, run back to her dressing room, and change her clothes."

As Swift was sprinting back towards the stage, Elliott says the director started counting down to the band's live performance. "Literally, she's running up the ramp, trying to put her in-ear monitoring in and clip the pack to the back of her skirt, so she can try to sing this thing," says Elliott.

Full text of article…