Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dixie Chicks Sweep the Grammys!

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The Dixie Chicks just swept the Grammys: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Group, and Best Country Album. And their producer, Rick Rubin, won Best Producer in the Non-Classical category.

They won in every category in which they were nominated. Way to go, Texas belles!


Chief said...

Doggone. Ya beat me to it! !

The Chicks are publically vindicated. I'm sure they have been satisfied with themselves, but it sure is nice to have the community at large recognize them.

What passes for country music today, I do not regard as 'real' country. In the '70s, I supervised maintenance at a Navy radio station. At one time I had beaucoup country music on 90-minute cassette tapes. But country music changed and I migrated to Golden Oldies.

But whatever type of music they play, I like The Dixie Chicks.

BTW. The current issue of Time Mag has an article on Rick Rubin

Rockerr said...

The awards given to the Dixie Chicks were simply one thing....sending a message.

As you know, these awards were not given by the people. This was not the People's Music Awards, rather less than 11,000 members of professionals in the music industry. One writer brought up the idea that the vote for the various catagories was so split, that the largest chunk of votes left were the politically active members who had the opportunity to "make a statement" with what amounts to a lackluster album and a really boring song.

First of all, there's no way a song like that would take song of the year at the Grammys unless it had help, through collusion or other means, or jury nullification, just like the O.J. trial. And for them to win 5 awards if just not only improbable, but impossible! It looks like the Grammys jumped the shark last night, allowing politics to influence the outcome of not one but 5 awards and I personally could never look at them in any kind of positive light again, though that's been coming for a long time now.

I've been a professional musician for over 35 years, a session player on albums and a touring sideman. I'm hearing nothing, and I repeat nothing, but disbelief at what happened last night. Some are asking for an investigation to see if there was indeed any wrong doing in the "winning" of these awards. And all along, Natalie and the world still actually think that they really won those awards.

Sad. Hope they never realize what really happened. They were used!