Has Taylor Swift been disqualified from the Hottest 100?
Taylor Swift has been disqualified from the triple j Hottest 100 according to former triple j presenter Angela Catterns.
Catterns made the claim on ABC program The Drum on Monday morning. Invited as a guest on the panel to discuss triple j’s 40th birthday celebration Catterns casually revealed that Swift is out of the running due to the involvement of a fast food chain. “You probably know that there was a push to get a Taylor Swift song in [the Hottest 100], which has now been disqualified because a fast food chain became involved in the whole process” she says. Watch from the 23-minute mark here.
While she doesn’t name the fast food chain, the “involvement” to which Catterns is referring could possibly be a Facebook competition run by KFC which promoted the grass roots social media campaign by posting a picture of Taylor alongside the official #tayforhottest100 hashtag. “The #tay4hottest100 campaign is going strong and she’s got our vote,” the post declared. “Tell us which Taylor song is your favourite for your chance to win a voucher for $19.89!” See below.
It’s possible that the promotion breaks one of the Hottest 100 voting rules which states that triple j “reserves the right to remove artists from the list who have benefited from competitions or commercial campaigns that incentivise fans to vote for them”. While the KFC giveaway doesn’t encourage people to vote for Taylor Swift it could be deemed to be endorsing the artist.
The campaign to get Taylor Swift into the Hottest 100 was started by Buzzfeed Australia last week, and quickly picked up momentum with the help of social media, a stack of coverage in mainstream news outlets and the power of the Tay massive.
triple j has declined to comment.