Skip to comments.Triumphant Keith Pays Tribute to Soldiers (CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards)ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on 04/24/2004 6:35:56 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
Patriotic star Toby Keith paid tribute to the soldiers occupying Iraq as he collected three awards at Wednesday's Country Music Television's Flame Worthy Video Music Awards show.
Keith dedicated his video of the year award for "American Soldier" to the U.S. forces in the Middle East - and delivered a harsh message to Anti-War campaigners.
He says, "This is a very important award for me because this is voted on by music lovers all over the place. I thank you all. Don't forget our brothers and sisters overseas making it free for us tonight."
"It's a really nasty thing going on over there right now. All the anti-war people are standing around saying 'I told you so', but there were a lot of reasons for them going over there and they had no choice."
Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and Dierks Bentley were among the winners at the event, hosted by Dolly Parton in Nashville, Tennessee.
Toby Keith should have brought a forklift to haul away all the awards thrust on him Thursday (April 22) during ceremonies at the Nashville headquarters of BMI, the performance rights organization. As it was, the singer had to rely on friends to help him bear them off -- by the armload. This deluge of encomia came only a day after Keith copped three CMT Flame Worthy honors, including the top one, video of the year.
The centerpiece of the celebration was a triple-platinum plaque for Keith's current album, Shock 'n Y'all, signifying that three million copies have been shipped to record stores. In addition, he won awards for being the bestselling country artist of 2003 and for having the bestselling country album that year; for being Radio & Records' top male airplay artist and Billboard's No. 1 male country artist and No. 1 country singles and tracks songwriter; and for having two No. 1 music videos -- "I Love This Bar" and "American Soldier."
Host Dolly Parton: "If anyone was hoping for a wardrobe malfunction today during the Country Music Television Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, Dolly Parton aimed to disappoint.
"There's not going to be no wardrobe malfunction this evening," she said, referring to Janet Jackson's infamous breast-baring during the Super Bowl halftime show. "There's not supposed to be; it's not planned.
"But as tight as my clothes are, there's no telling what will happen. If it does happen, I'm going to wipe out the first three rows."
Remember that all female group that once captured "the people's choice"CMT awards ..what was their name?.. (thinking)..Dixie Cups?..no!..the Dixie Hens..(scratches my head)..the Dixie..., Dixie Chicks!! That's it. What ever happened to the Chicks anyway?
Good question--what ever did happen to those...women? Fifteen minutes of fame over?
Of course they are--it's the place for has-beens to see and be seen.
Actually the antiAmerican/proPalestinian War people were WRONG. They claimed that there would be a million dead Iraqi civilians from this war. The number of dead Iraqis is only in the 10s of thousands (and this is WITH terrorist strikes against civilians being a near daily occurrence).
Membership has swelled quickly to more than 700 people. A few recording artists are involved too, including Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.
They actually managed to find a couple of performers to join their organization?
The organization grew from frustration, said Bob Titley, executive vice president of TBA Entertainment, which manages Brooks & Dunn as well as Terri Clark and Clay Walker.
We felt our political voice was being stifled, Titley said. Were associated with a community that is perceived as being predominantly conservative and Republican, when in fact that isnt the case.
So Brooks and Dunn's manager thinks that it is a bad thing for Brooks and Dunn to be seen as "Republican" performers because they play for the President? He'd rather they be seen as Democrats who band together under an organization of Democrats? They may need to seek better representation.
A new group called the Music Row Democrats is trying to shake the perception that country music is full of Republicans.
A review of campaign contributions from two Music Row ZIP codes 37203 and 37212 shows a strong Democratic bent. According to the Web site Fundrace, which tracks political contributions reported by the Federal Election Commission, 107 contributions were made to Democratic presidential candidates between January 2003 and last February, compared with 34 for Bush.
With Bush facing no opposition in the primary, one shouldnt make too much of the lopsided tally. But its an indication that Music Row decision makers might not be as conservative as some believe.
I am perplexed by these 2 paragraphs near the end. Are they talking about a different "Music Row" than "Music Row Democrats"? What is the story in "Democrats largely give money to Democrat candidates"?