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Dixie Chicks could bring political edge to Grammys
Reuters (Rooters!) ^ | Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:19am ET | Dean Goodman

Posted on 02/11/2007 8:44:17 AM PST by Thrusher

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Grammys could take a rare step into the political arena on Sunday if the Dixie Chicks win the coveted album-of-the-year award, as observers of the music industry's biggest honors are predicting.

The Texas country trio is reveling in its new outsider status after picking a fight with President George W. Bush in 2003, and watching its popularity plummet as the Republican-leaning country music establishment snubbed the chart-topping group.

The Chicks' first album since the brouhaha, "Taking the Long Way," yielded five Grammy nominations, including three for the wry single "Not Ready to Make Nice." The acclaimed album was the ninth-biggest seller in the United States last year, even if its commercial success fell short of its predecessors.

Grammy voters love underdogs and comeback stories, which could help the Dixie Chicks add to their collection of eight Grammys. But politically charged music arising from such turbulent times as Vietnam and Watergate has traditionally been ignored at awards time.

Indeed, for a liberal-leaning recording industry full of rebels and other creative misfits, there has been little acknowledgment in recent years that an unpopular conservative president is embroiled in a war that has cost the lives of more than 3,120 U.S. military personnel and over 50,000 Iraqis.

"I think people are paranoid," former Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart told Reuters. "I think that if they speak out, they think they're gonna get whacked by the government. It's pretty oppressive now. Look at the Dixie Chicks. They got whacked."

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Nixed in Nashville, they were embraced by free-speech advocates, opponents of the Iraq war and other causes, especially as public opinion turned against Bush.

I'm actually shocked that this article doesn't blast the ridiculous "censorship" charge over and over again, but they did backdoor a "free-speech" slam.
1 posted on 02/11/2007 8:44:19 AM PST by Thrusher
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To: Thrusher

The "Dixie" who?


2 posted on 02/11/2007 8:45:32 AM PST by EndWelfareToday (Live free and keep what you earn. - Tancredo, Hunter or Savage '08)
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To: Thrusher

They are the only reason I don't want to watch the Grammy's this year. As always, I will TIVO it and skip over them. The Grammy's are the only people who still remember this group. They will win the award and will receive a standing overation because in Hollywoodland these bitchy millionairesses are truly seen as oppressed!


3 posted on 02/11/2007 8:48:34 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Thrusher

Ooooooo goody! Now the six people watching this tripe will have something "controversial" to drool over.


4 posted on 02/11/2007 8:49:44 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Thrusher

Is the little fat one still with them?


5 posted on 02/11/2007 8:50:44 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Thrusher

Their record sales aren't that great and their concerts have been cancelled in many cities. But since they hate Bush they are honored by the "pretty people" in Hollywood and New York.


6 posted on 02/11/2007 8:52:07 AM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (If a cow freezes to death does that mean we got ice cream?)
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To: IronJack

There will be a Live thread here most likely, the People magazine fans will step away from the "Ann Nicole is dead live thread" and make a few posts...


7 posted on 02/11/2007 8:52:11 AM PST by Afronaut (Supporting Republican Liberals is the Undeniable End to Freedom)
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To: Thrusher

Where's that "Not this feces again" guy?


8 posted on 02/11/2007 8:53:18 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Good night Chesty, wherever you are!)
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To: Thrusher

I remember the flap it produced when Toby Keith performed with a backdrop with Maines PhotoShopped next to Saddam Hussein. That was an absolute classic.

These women are marginally talented libtards that are in serious need of a good beating with a clue bat.


9 posted on 02/11/2007 8:55:31 AM PST by stm (Believe 1% of what you hear in the drive-by media and take half of that with a grain of salt)
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****I think people are paranoid," former Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart told Reuters. "I think that if they speak out, they think they're gonna get whacked by the government. It's pretty oppressive now. Look at the Dixie Chicks. They got whacked."****

Excuse me Mr. Einstein how did the government whack the Dixie Cows. What happened is the people who listen to country music radio station decided they didn't not want to listen to the Dixie Cows anymore. This comment clearly demontstrates how soft, thin-skinned and shallow most leftist are.

10 posted on 02/11/2007 8:56:04 AM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (If a cow freezes to death does that mean we got ice cream?)
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They will win; they will slam our President and our country; they will then disappear back into obscurity until the recording industry wants to slam said person/country again.

The Dixie Chicks used to be entertaining; now they are nothing but a cartoonish portrait of leftist bilge-spewing has-beens.
11 posted on 02/11/2007 8:56:17 AM PST by originalbuckeye (I want a hero....I'm holding out for a hero (politically!))
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To: EndWelfareToday
So what is the criteria for album of the year? It can't be sales. They can't sell out concerts. Even the article mentions their popularity has dropped.

Will the Grammy's jump the shark just to make a political point? I wouldn't know, I stopped watching them years ago when I discovered most of my favorite music came from idiots, a$$es and degenerates.
12 posted on 02/11/2007 8:56:39 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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Why should anyone care what the liberals give to other liberals?

Awards dont amount to crap any more. Just another political statement.

Tell them where to stick their Grammy---Sideways.


13 posted on 02/11/2007 8:56:55 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: Thrusher
I thought the twits were still in mourning.

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14 posted on 02/11/2007 8:57:58 AM PST by AdvisorB
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To: Afronaut
There will be a Live thread here most likely, the People magazine fans will step away from the "Ann Nicole is dead live thread" and make a few posts...

I would hope FReepers have better sense ...

15 posted on 02/11/2007 9:00:53 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Thrusher

I thought they broke up?


16 posted on 02/11/2007 9:01:14 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Thrusher

Anyone who wishes to watch that drivel is welcome to it.


17 posted on 02/11/2007 9:01:34 AM PST by KenmcG414
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
I think people are paranoid," former Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart told Reuters. "I think that if they speak out, they think they're gonna get whacked by the government. It's pretty oppressive now. Look at the Dixie Chicks. They got whacked."

Wow, I missed the "by the government" in that comment. I guess the article had two sideways "censorship" slams without actually saying the word.

I would love to have someone, anyone, show me even the lsightest, smallest, barest piece of any kind of evidence that the government was involved in the "brouhaha" that erupted after those comments were made.

Oh, I forgot, Bush and Cheney instructed JimRob to send out anti-Dixie Chicks stuff on the Official Evil Free Republic Blacklist Mailing List of Doom (which I am still not on, apparently -- what up with that?).
18 posted on 02/11/2007 9:02:07 AM PST by Thrusher ("There is no peace without victory.")
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To: Thrusher

Too bad I'll miss the Grammys.

I have to watch paint dry.


19 posted on 02/11/2007 9:02:20 AM PST by airborne (Elect an Airborne Ranger,Vietnam Veteran for President ! Duncan Hunter 2008!!)
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To: Afronaut
There will be a Live thread here most likely, the People magazine fans will step away from the "Ann Nicole is dead live thread" and make a few posts...

Wait till the Oscars later this month.

20 posted on 02/11/2007 9:02:29 AM PST by LdSentinal
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To: EndWelfareToday
"The 'Dixie' who?"

The Chixie Dicks, that who.

The ones who so effectively pointed out the restriction of their free speech by all those who:

* didn't go to their last concert

* didn't rush to buy their last album

* didn't give their CD's a Christmas gifts last year

* and most importantly, didn't invite her fat A$$ over to our houses for Krispy Kremes and gravy.

21 posted on 02/11/2007 9:04:11 AM PST by nctexan
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To: Thrusher
The Grammys could take a rare step into the political arena

Who are they kidding? It's Rainforests, global warming, Darfur, etc. etc. every year at the Grannies.

Their attempts to be "edgy" are as pathetic as the awards themselves. A bunch of people pretending to be hip will give a bunch of awards to a Norah Jones. Jones may be talented but it's doubtful any significant percentage of the academy voters have ever heard of her. It's a peer-pressure, keep-up-with-the-Joneses farce.

Is ANYONE interested in seeing corporate mainstream music pat itself on the back? The safe choices are front and center every year.

Finally, let's not forget that this little mutual admiration society is the lead show pony for the RIAA, whose futile attempt to sweep the technological ocean back with a broom is well-documented.

22 posted on 02/11/2007 9:04:33 AM PST by relictele
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To: Thrusher

Aw, gee. I won't be able to watch the Grammys this year.

I'll be far too busy NOT watching the Grammys this year.


23 posted on 02/11/2007 9:06:52 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Thrusher
Why anyone would want to watch this conceited liberal hollywood circle-jerk show is beyond me.

I have much better things to do with my valuable time than watch these self-absorbed idiots pat each other on the back.
24 posted on 02/11/2007 9:07:29 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Every time a jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: KenmcG414

"Anyone who wishes to watch that drivel is welcome to it."



Yeah, it has been a while since I tuned in as well.

Let's see, the last time I watched the LeftGrammys, some savage with a distended belly and a bone through his nose, won the Grammy for instrumental innovation for discovering that if you stretched an animal hide over a circular tree branch and hit it with your open palm, you could make a sound.

He called it a "drum", I think.



25 posted on 02/11/2007 9:08:17 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: Thrusher
Does anyone really think that the Ditzy Chix will not put down President Bush and the U.S.A to a thunderous standing ovation.
26 posted on 02/11/2007 9:08:50 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("Nothing is true,and everything is permitted"--7 th Satanic vow. Sounds like Liberalism!)
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When I think of the Grammies, I remember one thing: Brian Wilson's brilliant "Good Vibrations" was passed over for Record of the Year by "Winchester Cathedral" of all things! Clueless slobs, all of them.
27 posted on 02/11/2007 9:08:58 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Grammys & Oscars shows=The Accolade shows. Your great!! Yes I am ,but not as great as you......blah,blah....


28 posted on 02/11/2007 9:12:10 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("Nothing is true,and everything is permitted"--7 th Satanic vow. Sounds like Liberalism!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

The Wreckers are a better country group that the saddams chicks anyhow..


29 posted on 02/11/2007 9:12:37 AM PST by Armedanddangerous (The Coldest Blood Runs through my veins..you know my name..)
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To: Thrusher

It's like with Noam Chomsky. You get famous doing one thing, and when that begins to crumble, you get into politics because you can't stand to be a nobody.


30 posted on 02/11/2007 9:13:52 AM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Thrusher

All these pages of comments, and not the first one wondering how they heck they got nominated?

Their last album was crap! They were cancelling concerts across the country--Okalahoma City, Memphis, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Houston.

If you can't sell "country" music there (with perhaps the exception of Memphis), you can't sell it.


31 posted on 02/11/2007 9:13:55 AM PST by CheyennePress
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32 posted on 02/11/2007 9:16:48 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Thrusher

Another reason not to watch!


33 posted on 02/11/2007 9:19:22 AM PST by BunnySlippers (SAY YES TO RUDY !!!)
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To: Rummyfan

I hope Matt Drudge doesn't drivel on about the Grammy's tonight but he probably will.


34 posted on 02/11/2007 9:20:57 AM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (If a cow freezes to death does that mean we got ice cream?)
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"I think people are paranoid," former Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart told Reuters. "I think that if they speak out, they think they're gonna get whacked by the government. It's pretty oppressive now. Look at the Dixie Chicks. They got whacked."

I just KNEW Karl Rove was behind all those lousy concert ticket sales.

35 posted on 02/11/2007 9:22:40 AM PST by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: Thrusher

The Dixie Chicks,who cares!!


36 posted on 02/11/2007 9:23:47 AM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Yes he probably wiil - especially if the Ditzy Chicks or some other artist commits some overtly political act.
37 posted on 02/11/2007 9:24:09 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: nctexan
didn't invite her fat A$$ over to our houses for Krispy Kremes and gravy.

Ohhhh YUK!

38 posted on 02/11/2007 9:24:30 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Just remember, fully HALF of the people you encounter in life are below average.)
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To: Thrusher

Guess I'll skip it this year.

Actually, I can proudly say I've never watched it.


39 posted on 02/11/2007 9:25:05 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: BunnySlippers

The what? The Grannies? Didn't they have something to do with those Milli Vanilli frauds? And when did the government "whack" the Ditzy Twits? What, did the Imperial GW Bush proclaim an edict against buying their music when I wasn't paying attention?


40 posted on 02/11/2007 9:28:28 AM PST by ponygirl
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To: Thrusher
Have never been a grammys fan BUT when I saw the ad which included the bitch-chicks I decided that I will NOT be watching grammys once MORE.
41 posted on 02/11/2007 9:30:33 AM PST by geo40xyz (Born a democRAT, Dad set me free in 1952: He said that I was not required to be a MF'ing democRAT)
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Where don't the Dixie Chicks make a scene?


42 posted on 02/11/2007 9:32:58 AM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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They bring a stupid fat blonde.


43 posted on 02/11/2007 9:34:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (If no one buys illegal drugs, we win the war on drugs)
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To: Thrusher
"I think people are paranoid," former Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart told Reuters. "I think that if they speak out, they think they're gonna get whacked by the government. It's pretty oppressive now. Look at the Dixie Chicks. They got whacked."

More from the "Freedom From Consequences" crowd.

44 posted on 02/11/2007 9:34:15 AM PST by PogySailor (Media bias? What media bias)
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"Dixie Chicks could bring political edge to Grammys"

COULD? What a friggin joke. The fact that those losers got five nominations alone proves the grammys are political. Scr*w the grammys and the chicks. I've got better things to do.


45 posted on 02/11/2007 9:35:35 AM PST by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: KenmcG414
"Anyone who wishes to watch that drivel is welcome to it."
I'm a professional musician, and I haven't watched for years. Pure cr@p!
46 posted on 02/11/2007 9:35:37 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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"I think that if they speak out, they think they're gonna get whacked by the government. It's pretty oppressive now. Look at the Dixie Chicks. They got whacked."

Ok. Let me see if I got this figured.

Love is Hate
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Free Speach is Censorship

I'm happy I finally figured that one out.
47 posted on 02/11/2007 9:35:49 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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The only way the left and the idiots like the chicks would turn against the islamist is if the Muslims attack the grammys or some other hollywood "pat ourselves on the back" event, and killed off some famous singers or actors.

Then, the left would pile on board asking for the complete destruction of militant Islamic countries.

48 posted on 02/11/2007 9:41:10 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Search for Folding Project - Join FR Team 36120)
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To: Thrusher

I suppose if Milli Vanilli can get a Grammy, so can these bimbos.


49 posted on 02/11/2007 9:55:38 AM PST by Rocko
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To: FreeAtlanta
The only way the left and the idiots like the chicks would turn against the islamist is if the Muslims attack the grammys or some other hollywood "pat ourselves on the back" event, and killed off some famous singers or actors.

Then, the left would pile on board asking for the complete destruction of militant Islamic countries.


I respectfully disagree. They'd blame it all on George Bush, and quadruple their lunatic rants against him.

We'd have pictures of Hollywood actors and actresses, blood and soot tastefully apply to make them appear injured but not so much as to detract from their good looks, with "Bush Causes Death of Hollywood" captions.
50 posted on 02/11/2007 10:06:17 AM PST by Thrusher ("There is no peace without victory.")
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