Country music trio Dixie Chicks won a slew of Grammy’s today for their album Not Ready to Make Nice, going on to dominate the awards night. Among others, the group won the Record of the Year, Song of the Year and the Album of the Year awards.
It wasn’t long ago when lead singer Natalie Maine criticized US President George W. Bush for his war in Iraq, saying they were ashamed that Bush hailed from Texas. The remark triggered a fallout among country music fans and a boycott of country radio stations. (Some people found the remark offensive since it was delivered just as the country was going to war with Iraq.)
But as recent articles posted on the web would show, the Dixie Chicks have remained defiant and critical of the Bush regime. In a show in Vancouver last November 2006, the group took a swipe at both Bush and resigned defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
On Grammy night, the Dixie Chicks gained some sort of redemption and vindication. The win may be an indicator of the attitude of mainstream corporate music industry towards acts that might have gone against the flow. It would have been hard for the Recording Academy to completely ignore the country trio, even with their political beliefs. Maybe it’s just one of the signs of the times. Who knows?
The Grammy’s remain the barometer for achievements in the mainstream corporate music industry. It remains conservative in many respects, a mirror of the music industry dominated by capitalist profiteering.
Still, how cool is it to win awards and diss Bush?
Best performance during Grammy night, hands down, belongs to Mary J. Blige. Unbelievable.
Gnarls Barkley put out a solid performance again. Check out the over-all aura of this guy.
Shakira and Wyclef Jean also dished out an energetic and mesmerizing performance for Hips Don’t Lie.