Quoted from misfitdart:
For you to even compare these levels of talent with the auto tune packages that is out today you are truly delusional.
You cry about Autotune, but if you knew anything about music production, pitch shifting has been used since at least the 1950s ( Chuck Berry's voice was always pitch shifted to a higher register to make him more appealing to young kids, he had nowhere near that range).
In the 70s the Eventide came out and was used by Ozzy, Bowie, Dio, Pat Benatar....everyone really, to hit the high notes, harmonize and stay on key.
In the 80s the H3000 came out and then there was no need to be able to sing at all. Anyone could have a 6 octave range, lol.
Entertainment is entertainment.
The general public does not care if Bowie used an Eventide, or if Hugh Jackman always uses a stunt double. They just want to be entertained.
Kids love the sound of T-Pain via Autotune, just like your dad loved the sound of Chuck Berry or the Beatles pitch shifted.
btw, T-Pain (the king of Autotune) can sing without Autotune: