By Leah Greenblatt
September 09, 2010 at 07:28 PM EDT

Image Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images; Ray Tamarra/Getty ImagesAccording to the ever-reliable British press, rock legend/professional crankypants Lou Reed has refused Susan Boyle permission to perform his 1972 serenade “Perfect Day”—reducing the Scottish songbird to tears, and crushing the dream she dreamed.

Boyle was reportedly forced to cancel a performance on America’s Got Talent after Reed denied rights to the song, because she did not have time to arrange for another one. (No “Wild Horses” in the wings?)

According to a source who spoke to London’s Daily Mail, “Susan is very sensitive and is genuinely upset. This has really knocked her confidence… She was in a car on the way to the studio when she was told the news and was totally devastated. She’s now at LAX Airport sobbing her heart out.”

Oh Lou, you metal machine meanie! Or, perhaps, just an artist with strongly-held convictions regarding the use and licensing of his own hard-won work. Tell us what you think, readers, in the comments section below.

UPDATE: Reed’s rep has told Access Hollywood that the incident was a matter of song-rights clearance for American television, not Lou’s personal objection, and that the clearance issues have nothing to do with Reed himself.

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