"No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots."
-- Barbara Ehrenreich
My Dixie Chicks, the best selling female group of all time, and one of the best groups period swept the Grammy Awards tonight. All the 5 Grammys they were nominated for, they won. Best Album of the Year- Taking the Long Way Around
Best Record of the Year-I'm not ready to make nice
Best Song of the Year-I'm not ready to make nice
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group-Not ready to make nice
Best Country Album-Taking the Long Way Around
I have been a fan of the Chicks for 8 years now, and even more of a fan since the 'controversy' of Natalie Maines' Bush comments. I supported them then, I support them now and I will continue to support them till they are no more. Not only is their music amazing, but they are talented, outspoken, and women I truly admire. Regardless of whether country music is your cup of tea or not, sip this cup of tea and gave their music a listen.
I feel these Grammys are not the Dixie Chicks' Grammys, but ours as well. The fans that stood by them through the insults, death threats, and pains of those 3 years that the Chicks and those supporting them had to endure. This is also about America, at its core. We hear that freedom isn't free. Maybe it isn't, maybe there is always going to be a consequence. But you know what, I have that right to speak my mind, stand up for what is right and support the Dixie Chicks in their times of lacking ticket sales and non-existent radio play and when they are recognized for the works they make, as were tonight. I could never be more proud of my Chicks as I am tonight.
If you haven't picked up a copy of the Best Album of the Year, I suggest you do so. Taking The Long Way is an album rich of not only amazing musical caliber, but incredible lyrics and insights into the Dixie Chicks and their lives, joys and struggles. It is worth the $10 off of Itunes, it is worth the $10-$12 on Amazon, or wherever you buy albums. It is worth the money and the time.
When youtube and other video sites start posting Grammy acceptance speeches and/or Grammy performances, I will post them. Right now, I am still escatic about all of this. The Chicks deserved every single Grammy they won.
Labels: 2007 Grammys, dixie chicks