The local newspaper, The Morning Call, had an article you can read here about the Dixie Chick’s 5 Grammy awards.
The article says in part:
The Grammy Awards made nice with the Dixie Chicks on Sunday, handing the controversial country act five trophies, including record of the year and album of the year.
The Dixie Chicks, nominated for a total of five awards, ran the table. In winning album of the year for ”Taking the Long Way,” the Chicks’ first disc since the country backlash over lead singer Natalie Maines’ criticism of President Bush in 2003, Maines said, People are using their freedom of speech tonight [by giving us] all these awards. I’m very humbled.
The disc also won the country album Grammy. Accepting that award, group members laughingly quoted a trademark jeer from the cartoon series The Simpsons: Nyeh, nyeh! and then thanked their loyal core of fans and their producer, Rick Rubin.
Their defiant anthem Not Ready to Make Nice won for record of the year, song of the year and country performance by a duo or group with vocal.
People are using their freedom of speech? What people? Aren’t the people who vote for the Grammy winners those celebs out of Hollywood? Everyone is quite familiar with their speech. Free it is. Easy too.
I wonder how many recording artists will now turn to defiant words and tunes against the government etc., in the hopes of getting a hit and a stab at a Grammy nomination?
Don’t people have better things to do?