Vindication for the Dixie Chicks

 

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Monday, February 12, 2007 - 9:20am

Vindication for the Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks were the star attraction last night at the Grammys, taking home five awards including song of the year, "Not Ready to Make Nice", and album of the year, "Taking the Long Way."  The group that was ostracized by the country music industry three years ago achieved sweet redemption over their critics.  They won in every category they were nominated.

 

 The Chicks received death threats and boycotts after they made a disparaging remark about George Bush on stage in London on the eve of the Iraq war.  Their first song back, "Not Ready to Make Nice" was specifically about the backlash they endured.  The lead singer, Natalie Maines, was humbled by the awards and said as much at the podium.

 

The Country Music Awards were held a few months ago and the Dixie Chicks were shut out completely.  The people that vote on the CMA's are all tied to the Nashville establishment, so it was not shocking.  The Grammys, however, are voted on by a much broader group.  The members of the Recording Academy are spread around the country and have representation in every type of music.

 

Perhaps the elitists in the red-state, country establishment will learn something from this, but I highly doubt it.  You may not agree with someone's political views, but their music should not be boycotted as a result.

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