Ever since Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks spoke her mind about our wonderful president, there has been quite the backlash from country music radio and other country music artists. One of those artists, Toby Keith, had quite the feud going with “the Chicks” over Maines’ comments about Bush and comments about his song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”. The feud went on for some time with Toby Keith effectively bowing out by stating he has better things to focus on.
Well, last night, the Dixie Chicks got their revenge. And oh, how sweet it must be. Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire were honored with 5 Grammy awards for best album for “Taking the Long Way”, best song for “Not Ready to Make Nice”, and best record of the year for “Not Ready to Make Nice”, along with best country performance by a duo or group with vocal and best country album for “Taking the Long Way”.
Congratulations, Dixie Chicks! Thanks for showing the country and country music that you stood up for your principles and weren’t …ready to back down… despite being banned from country radio, receiving death threats, and the financial cost you’ve had to endure since that fateful night in 2003.