Chicks win big at the Grammys, taking five awards
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Chicks win big at the Grammys, taking five awards

Sunday, February 11, 2007 – The Dixie Chicks may not have been well received by country radio, but they sure were at the Grammys Sunday, taking home overall album and record of the year, best country album for "Taking the Long Way" and best song for "Not Ready to Make Nice," which they performed.

The trio also won Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Not Ready to Make Nice." The Chicks' producer Rick Rubin won best producer for his work with many artists, including Johnny Cash and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Lead singer Natalie Maines said," I think people were using their freedom of speech here tonight with all these awards...I'm very humbled, and I think people were using their voice."

"Taking the Long Way" was the Chicks first album since the trio received much negativity from country radio stations and fans about negative comments Maines made in London about President Bush on the eve of the Iraq War. The album received excellent reviews, but barely made a dent at country radio.

In winning the album award, Maines said, "To quote the great Simpsons, 'heh heh.' A lot of people just turned their TVs off right now. I'm very sorry about that." fellow band member Emily Robison said, "it's a strange place to be, without a genre, but our core fans (were) true to us...We have no regrets."

Carrie Underwood, who performed Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose" on the telecast, won the Grammy for best new artist along with best female country performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel." "This is absolutely unbelievable," said Underwood in winning the new artist award.

The song won songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson best country song. Underwood does not share in that award.

Vince Gill won best country vocal performance for "The Reason Why."

"Who Says You Can't Go Home" by Bon Jovi and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles won best country collaboration with vocals.

Best Country Instrumental Performance went to "Whiskey Before Breakfast" by Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson

" Instrumentals" by Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder took best bluegrass album.

"Glory Train" by Randy Travis was awarded Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

"We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions" by Bruce Springsteen was named best traditional folk album, while Bob Dylan's "Modern Times" was best contemporary folk album.

The Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" won best soundtrack.

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CD review - Gaslighter Much has changed for The Chicks since their last studio release, "Taking the Long Way," some 14 years ago. Rebranding for one. No more Dixie Chicks, thanks to their reaction to the discussion over racial issues in the U.S. following the killing of George Floyd. "Dixie" was no longer the right look. And then there's the music and the end of a marriage, an overriding theme throughout the highly personal and emotional "Gaslighter." The change also crept into the ...
CD review - Taking the Long Way Much has changed on the musical landscape for the Dixie Chicks since the Incident in London three years ago when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the Iraq war. The trio lost its standing on the country radio scene; their albums were burned, and they received death threats.But Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Maines do not backpedal on these 14 songs. They, instead, address the issues that have faced them head on time and again. "Not Ready to Make Nice" maintains ...
The Dixie Chicks certainly enjoyed their most controversial year ever thanks to a few words uttered by lead singer Natalie Maines, and they also had one of the most successful tours of 2003 as well. This 22-song live disc recorded somewhere during the U.S. part of the tour is clear indication that beyond the headlines, there was a tremendous amount of quality music going on. The mix put Maines' vocals way out front. She has always been a good singer, and this indicates just how good she truly is. ...

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