Grammy Catfight: Genre-less Dixie Chicks vs. “I love country music” Carrie Underwood

My wife was watching the Grammy’s last night, and so I watched a bit of it, too, while typing up some of the St. Photios quotes I’ll be posting on my other blog.

The Dixie Chicks won best new country ablum.  Carrie Underwood won for best new artist.  Not much conflict in that.

Except that the Chicks were terribly ungracious and seemingly resentful of their prize.  What do I mean?  Well, to reiterate, they won for best country album.  But when they got up on stage what did they emphasize: That they were genre-less.

Now, when my wife and I both have the same reaction to something, that’s a pretty good sign that our individual perceptions are, in fact, the reality.  And sure enough, Anna and I remarked at nearly the same time how class-less that comment was and what a slap it was to the genre that got them to where they are today, or, rather, where they were about three years ago.  US*99 here in Chicago still hardly ever plays a Chicks song.  The Chicks, whatever one wants to say about their President Bush comments overseas, did not handle the criticisms of their country music fans very well, pissed them all off, and had concerts cancelled due to poor ticket sales.  Way to go, ladies.

Now, true, maybe it was just my wife and me gettin’ all het up over the comments, right?  Nope.  Even li’l Miss Carrie Underwood caught it, for when she went up onstage to collect her award for best new artist, she started into her speech, stopped, and said, “Let me just say, I love country music!”  Take that, Chicks.

My wife had, and probably still has, a Chicks CD.  Doubt we’ll toss it out, but it sure don’t get any air play in our CD players.  We may be rednecks, but we’s got a bit more class than sass, and don’t take kindly to the classy trashy type that wants to smack the hand what feeds them.

Go, Carrie!

4 thoughts on “Grammy Catfight: Genre-less Dixie Chicks vs. “I love country music” Carrie Underwood

  1. Former Chicks fan here, as well as a fan of country music genre.

    Imagine if the Indigo Girls were to go on stage and start making pro-life and pro-traditional values comments? They’d offend their primary audience and could expect to see their sales go down…darwinism in action I reckon.

    What I found interesting about the chicks is how the Grammy’s embraced them while CMA ignored them. I am led to wonder if they would have won all these grammys had they not had this blow up with Nashville….hmmmm

    I have not heard ONE song from their newer album and that’s probably because only their old stuff gets played on the two country stations out here. It’s not censorship, its the darwinism that IS the entertainment industry. Why “stars” get on political soapboxes to begin with is an enigma to me…I mean really, what makes their opinion any more special than Hank the plumber?

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    Nothing. The publicity debacle all stems from a failure of perception and a dissonance between projected beliefs and reality.

    The stars sometimes feel like they have been given the spotlight for a particular purpose, and it must be more than the sum of their music (or particular talent). I think this is a form of inferiority complex–the stars believe they are not good enough musicians, singers, what-have-you; that they do not merit the wealth, fame and attention into which they suddenly find themselves thrust. “There must be a higher reason I am here,” they think. “TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!” So they pick a cause and speak out.

    The problem is that the public doesn’t want to know the stars’ politics. If a million people have purchased a Dixie Chicks album, then a million people are happy to believe that “the Dixie Chicks must be just like me.”

    So, the Chix speak out. And they soon find out that (lo and behold) their beliefs aren’t shared by their fans. The fans feel betrayed that the Chix aren’t just like them after all. So they get mad. Really mad.

    That’s my theory, anyway.

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