WHISTLIN' DIXIE AFTER HATCHING CONTROVERSY, CHICKS TAKE TOP THREE TROPHIES.Byline: FRED SHUSTER
For the Dixie Chicks, winning five Grammys may be the best revenge.
Despite a backlash among country fans that had radio stations bulldozing their albums, the defiant Chicks led the Grammy Awards Grammy Awards
Annual awards given by the Recording Academy (officially the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). The first Grammies (the name is a dimunitive of “gramophone”) were given in 1958. on Sunday at the Staple Center by taking all five of the categories in which they were nominated, including the prestigious Album, Song and Record of the Year trophies.
It was the first time since Eric Clapton's 1993 sweep that a single act has won all three of the top awards. The Dixie Chicks "Not Ready to Make Nice," aimed at those who criticized the trio for its 2003 criticism of George W. Bush George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, has drawn significant domestic and international criticism since his election in 2000. His level of popular support has declined from 90 percent (the highest ever recorded by The Gallup Organization) immediately after the , was also named Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.
Mary J. Blige completed her comeback with three trophies for her double-platinum album "The Breakthrough," and the Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. For most of its career, the group has consisted of vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist John Frusciante, bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary, and drummer Chad Smith. won four for their double-disc "Stadium Arcadium."
But the Chicks were the big story of the night as the Recording Academy showed its support for the group with several standing ovations, prompting singer Natalie Maines to joke, "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."
The flap stemmed from comments Maines made at a concert stop in London when she told the crowd: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States The head of the Executive Branch, one of the three branches of the federal government.
The U.S. Constitution sets relatively strict requirements about who may serve as president and for how long. is from Texas." When the news broke at home, the Chicks became targets of hate mail, boycotts and radio boycotts.
After winning the Album of the Year award, Maines drew laughs with:
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Bandmate Emily Robison noted, "We wouldn't have done this album without everything we went through, so we have no regrets."
Ultimately, the gals had it over guys in the top categories. Blige, on the rebound after a tough couple of years in her personal life, took home three awards, including for her single "Be Without You." Season Four "American Idol American Idol is an annual American televised singing competition, which began its first season on June 11, 2002. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the British reality program Pop Idol. " Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. She has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. won the hotly contested Best New Artist race and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."
"Tonight kind of proved 'American Idol' can transcend that talent-show stereotype it has," Underwood said backstage. "It's just great talent on the show that couldn't get discovered doing what they were doing on their own. It worked for me. I owe everything to 'American Idol."'
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The influence of "American Idol" was felt on the show when the academy put on an online contest in conjunction with Yahoo! Music Yahoo! Music, provided by the Yahoo! network, is a provider of a variety of music services, including Internet radio, music videos, news, artist information, and original programming. in which voters selected a finalist to perform with Justin Timberlake on the telecast. The winner was Robyn Troup Robyn Troup (born February 11, 1988 in Houston, Texas) is an American singer, who was the winner of the "My Grammy Moment" contest, organized by NARAS and Yahoo! Music and announced at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on February 11, 2007. , 18, a polished University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission student from Houston.
Blige won just three of her leading eight nominations. But she did take the prize for longest acceptance speech, a tearful two-minute 55-name wonder that had the house band desperately trying to drown her out.
"It's in the valley that we learn who we really are, because success exposes who you really are," she told the audience, "and I want to use my success to build bridges, not to burn them."
The three-hour-plus telecast opened with the long-awaited reunion of '80s trio The Police performing their early hit "Roxanne."
The 49th annual show was full of strong performances, including by Christina Aguilera
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James Joseph Brown (May 3 1933 – December 25 2006), commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" and " on "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" drew roars, along with other "Grammy moments" from Beyonce and Blige. Underwood performed versions of "San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837. Rose," a tribute to Western swing legend Bob Wills, and "Desperado," an Eagles song written by Don Henley, who was MusiCare's man of the year.
A sexy duet of "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and Wyclef Jean also heated up the evening. A medley by John Mayer
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Double winners included John Mayer, T.I. and Ludacris, and Tony Bennett
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Earlier in the day, before cameras rolled, 97 of the 108 trophies were handed out. At this mini-Grammys ceremony, when most of the winners were still on the freeway heading downtown, Hollywood rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers won for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal, both for the hit single "Dani California." Their CD, "Stadium Arcadium," won for the boxed/limited-edition package Grammy, but the band lost the short-form video race to indie rockers OK Go, whose treadmill video helped put MySpace and YouTube on the mainstream map last year.
One of the most popular acts of the year, Gnarls Barkley, consisting of hip-hop singer Cee-Lo Green and producer Danger Mouse, won the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for their international chart-topper "Crazy." Their album "St. Elsewhere" also took home the alternative music album Grammy.
First-time winners Sunday included New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas, whose Hurricane Katrina-inspired "After the Rain" was named Best Contemporary Blues Album. Double winners included rocker Bruce Springsteen, gospel star Kirk Franklin, late jazz soloist Michael Brecker, jazz pianist Chick Corea, film composer John Williams and classical conductor Michael Tilson Thomas Michael Tilson Thomas (b. December 21, 1944), aka MTT, is an American conductor, pianist and composer who directs the San Francisco Symphony. Biography
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Record of the Year: "Not Ready to Make Nice," Dixie Chicks.
Album of the Year: "Taking the Long Way," Dixie Chicks.
Song of the Year: "Not Ready to Make Nice," Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks).
New Artist: Carrie Underwood.
Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige, right.
Pop Vocal Album: "Continuum," John Mayer
For a full list of winners, go to dailynews.com
5 photos, 2 boxes
(1 -- color) The Dixie Chicks, from left, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Robison, accept the award for best country album for "Taking the Long Way" -- one of five awards they won at the Grammy Awards Sunday evening.
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(2) Carrie Underwood shows off her two Grammy Awards for winning best new artist and best female country song at the Grammy Awards at Staples Center Sunday evening.
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(3) Members of the Police, from left, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers wave to the crowd after reuniting to perform "Roxanne" at the Grammys.
(4 -- color) Mary J. Blige, right
(5 -- color) A full page of fashion photos (that's Shakira below), plus coverage of the early Grammys and quotes from the winners and others at the show.
(1) Top winners (see text)
(2) Best & worst