Last night's Grammys were certainly not ready to make nice with President Bush. The Dixie Chicks swept all five categories in which they were nominated. They won album of the year ("Taking the Long Way"), record of the year ("Not Ready to Make Nice"), song of the year ("Not Ready to Make Nice"), best country performance by a duo or group with vocal, and best country album. (Rick Rubin, their producer won producer of the year.) Ironically, the trio were completely shut out at the Country Music Awards show.
Lead singer Natalie Maines crowed, "Well, to quote the great 'Simpsons, "Heh! Heh!'" She added, "I think people are using their freedom of speech with all of these awards: We get the message." To add insult to injury, President Carter won a Grammy for the spoken word (in a tie with Ruby Dee and her late hubby Ossie Davis for "With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together") for his "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis." Other prominent liberal politicians to have received Grammys in the same category are Hillary Clinton (1997), Bill Clinton (2004, 2005), and Barack Obama (2006).