Dixie Chicks get Grammys for best country album and song of the year

The Dixie Chicks might not be ready to kiss and make up with a country music industry that seems to have turned its back on the group, but it didn’t stop them from accepting a Grammy Award for best country album and one for song of the year on Sunday.

The Chicks have been largely ignored by the country music industry and country radio since singer Natalie Maines’ 2003 remarks about President Bush during a London concert.

The group won for their album ‘Taking the Long Way’ (which was also one of the top selling country albums in 2006), and for their hit single “Not Ready to Make Nice” (which the group performed during the opening moments of the Grammy Award show).

The song is described by the group as an answer to their critics following the fallout from Maines’ remarks, and the Chicks received a standing ovation from the audience when they accepted their award.

As Maines accepted the award, she said “I, for the first time in my life, am speechless.” Emily Robison added: “We wouldn’t have done this album without everything we went through, so we have no regrets. I thank everyone who voted for us.”

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