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Dixie Chicks celebrate comeback with 5 Grammys
Latest Updated by 2007-02-12 14:48:04

Dixie Chicks singers winning five Grammys (photo: sina)

In 2003 Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines voiced her displeasure with President Bush's Iraq policy and the country band was handed a one-way ticket to oblivion by the majority of America's country music listening public that felt the Dixie Chicks should have paid more attention to the lyrics of "Stand By Your Man."

Saturday, as Iraq seems headed toward oblivion and the U.S. president has owned up to the "slow failure" of his policies, the Dixie Chicks celebrated their popular resurgence by winning five Grammys Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The Texas Trio won album of the year and country album of the year for "Taking the Long Way." They also took the prize for record of the year, song of the year and best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for the single "Not Ready To Make Nice," a ballad that strikes back at the band's harshest critics.

"For the first time in my life I'm speechless," said Maines on accepting the song of the year trophy, a composer's award, along with bandmates Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, and songwriting partner Dan Wilson.

The awards also assured the Dixie Chicks' status as a band with crossover appeal beyond their original country base. Banjo player Emily Robison noted the Chicks estrangement from the country-music establishment, saying during one acceptance speech, "It's a very strange place to be sometimes, without a genre, necessarily."

The Dixie Chicks bested Blige who had eight nominations in the record and song of the year categories.

But Blige, an intensely emotional soul singer known for lyrics about personal struggle and despair, won three Grammys: best rhythm and blues song and best female rhythm and blues vocal performance, both for the single "Be Without You;" and best rhythm and blues album for "The Breakthrough," a hit CD whose title reflects of Blige's immersion in the culture of therapy.

Blige said "The Breakthrough's" win showed, among other things, "that I am growing into a better human being." She introduced her performance of "Be Without You" by saying, "This song means a lot to me because there was a time in my life I couldn't love myself enough to love anyone else."

Grammy voters named country rookie Carrie Underwood best new artist -- the highest-profile Grammy to go to any past winner of "American Idol," the singing contest that trounced the Grammys last year in head-to-head competition for television viewers. The Grammys also debuted the winner of "My Grammy Moment," an Idol-like contest in which viewers chose which one of three amateur finalists would duet with pop singer Justin Timberlake.

Introduced by Dreamgirls star (and former Idol finalist) Jennifer Hudson, the winner was Houston teenager Robyn Troup, who walked to the stage and jumped right into a medley with Timberlake combining Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and Timberlake's "My Love."

Other winners at the Staples Center on Sunday included Gnarls Barkley, the tag team of singer Cee-Lo and DJ Danger Mouse, previously known for his illicit Gray Album mashup of Jay-Z and the Beatles. The duo won best urban/alternative performance for their retro-soul single, Crazy, and best alternative music album for the debut CD St. Elsewhere.

Editor: Donald

By: Source:China View website
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