Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, Chili Peppers Are Big Grammy Winners
February 12, 2007 at 10:33 AM (PT)
THE DIXIE CHICKS were the big GRAMMY story last night, completing a comeback and winning five GRAMMY awards after problems over the group’s anti-BUSH comments leading up to the IRAQ invasion.
The CHICKS won Record and Song Of The Year for "Not Ready to Make Nice." They also won best Country Album. "I’m ready to make nice!" lead singer NATALIE MAINES exclaimed as the group accepted the Album Of The Year award. "I think people are using their freedom of speech with all these awards. We get the message."
I think people are using their freedom of speech with all these awards. We get the message.
MARY J. BLIGE, who led all nominees with eight GRAMMY nods, took home three awards for R&B Performance, R&B Album and R&B Song. BLIGE overcame a number of personal problems before recording her album "The Breakthrough" and alluded to them in her acceptance speeches: "This is a great night for me, success exposes who you really are, and I want to use this success to build bridges, not to burn them."
THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS won four GRAMMYS: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Best Rock Album and Best Limited Edition Package.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, a former "American Idol" champion, showed the continuing power of the program in shaping stars. UNDERWOOD picked up GRAMMYS for Best New Artist and Best Female Country performance.
"This is absolutely unbelievable," UNDERWOOD said after the best new artist honor, adding, "I owe everything to SIMON FULLER." KELLY CLARKSON, the first "American Idol" winner, took home two GRAMMYS in 2006. Other "Idol" winners have been nominated for the award.
The GRAMMYS went the "audience-vote" route by having viewers vote on an unknown singer to perform with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. The winner was ROBYN TROUP of HOUSTON.
JOHN MAYER won Best Male Pop Vocal performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, the latter for his "Continuum." GNARLS BARKLEY won Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Alternative Music Album and gave a performance of their hit song "Crazy." LUDACRIS won Best Rap Album, and BOB DYLAN won the Best Contemporary Folk/Americana album. The 65-year-old also won Best Solo Rock Performance.
Producer RICK RUBIN, rumoured to be heading to SONY MUSIC in a "Music Czar" role (NET NEWS 2/5) and nominated for his work with the DIXIE CHICKS, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, won his first GRAMMY Award in the category of Producer of the Year. How the win might affect his joining SONY is unclear.
A full list of the 2007 GRAMMY winners can be found here.
CBS won the ratings game last night thanks to the GRAMMY AWARDS. The show beat usually dominant ABC by almost 5 million viewers and by 31% among adults 18-49. The show ranked first in every half-hour with an average of 20.06 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/19 share among adults 18-49.
The ratings for this year's event were up 18% in viewers and 20% among adults 18-49 from last year's WEDNESDAY show, which was up against "American Idol."