Monday, February 12, 2007

Grammys: Not Ready to Make Nice

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).

Cf. http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=2007-02-12T061717Z_01_N07388297_RTRUKOC_0_US-GRAMMYS.xml&pageNumber=2&imageid=∩=&sz=13&WTModLoc=NewsArt-C1-ArticlePage2;
http://www.cmaawards.com/2006/nomwin/nominees.asp; and
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyid=2007-02-12T000722Z_01_N11314663_RTRUKOC_0_US-GRAMMYS-CARTER.xml.

2 comments:

jharkansas said...

In other words, the liberals continue to reward their own to their own detriment.  And they wonder why record sales for the major labels have been in the tank!  Don't worry, independent labels and self-produced bands, are more than happy to give music listeners what they want (and to make a small profit while they're at it).

The Dixie Chicks have made their bed with the Greenwich Village, New York, socialist folk elite crowd.  Let them sleep in it, fleas and all.

jakeho said...

Apparently, the real country music fans aren't ready to make nice, either. J, you should add your voice and guitar to the scene.