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by Barbara McMillen

Dallas's own Dixie Chicks, who have been raking in the awards the past couple of years, have won another. Recently at the 28th Annual American Music Awards, the Chicks were awarded the title of Best Country Band, Duo or Group of the Year. I don't think they'll have room on the mantle for all the awards they have won this year! Just last fall they took the CMA Awards by storm, taking home a total of four: Entertainer of the Year; Album of the Year for Fly; Vocal Group of the Year; and Video of the Year for "Goodbye Earl". 

Also, the Chicks' name was dropped a couple of times during the recent nominations announcement on January 3rd at Beverly Hilton for the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations. In the Category of Country Collaboration with Vocals they garnered nominations for their duets with Ricky Skaggs, "Walk Softly," and Sheryl Crow, "Strong Enough".

The Dixie Chicks started in Dallas in 1989, when teenagers Martie Seidel and Emily Erwin were in a band that played on street corners for tips. Both of them continued to play bluegrass festivals and hone their musical skills (Martie on fiddle and mandolin; Emily on dobro, banjo and guitar). In the early '90s, I heard them many times at Poor David's Pub with singer and bassist Laura Lynch. In fact, they recorded a track, "The Dinosaur Rag", on the When I Was A Dinosaur children's album that I produced, for Remarkable Records. Then they found the perfect lead vocalist in Natalie Maines, and the Dixie Chicks released three successful independent albums. They began garnering major awards after signing on with Monument Records and award winning veteran producers Paul Worley and Blake Chaney who produced both the Wide Open Spaces and Fly ablums . more chicks >> http://www.livedaily.com/artist/81.html

Other area acts nominated were: Erykah Badu, in the R&B song and female R&B singer categories for "Bag Lady"; Don Henley, pop vocal album for Inside Job, male rock vocal performance for "Workin' It" and male pop singer for "Taking You Home"; Pantera, metal performance for "Revolution Is My Name"; the late Johnnie Taylor, traditional R&B vocal album for Gotta Get the Groove Back; and the Light Crust Doughboys, country-gospel album for The Great Gospel Hit Parade. Not only do the Doughboy hail from this area, but half the album was recorded locally in Arlington by Chuck Ebert at Dominant Sound Recording Studio.  Also Cleveland born Steve Harvey, nominated for spoken comedy album, is included here because he has adopted Dallas as his home.

The Houston R&B group Destiny's Child picked up four nominations, including best song and record for "Say My Name." Its lead singer, Beyonce Knowles, was also recognized in the film-song category for writing "Independent Woman Part 1" from Charlie's Angels.

GRAMMY nominations ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed January 12 to the 12,000 voting members of the more than 17,000-member Recording Academy. Ballots will be tabulated by the
 accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and kept secret until the telecast. Winners in the 500+ nominations from the100 categories will be revealed for the first time during the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on February 21, 2001. The three-hour show will originate from Staples Center in Los Angeles and be broadcast on CBS-TV at 8 p.m. (EST/PST). The show will reach a worldwide audience of nearly 2 billion people in 180 countries. 

The recording industry's most prestigious award, theGRAMMY is presented annually by the Recording Academy.A GRAMMY is awarded by the Recording Academy's votingmembership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. It is truly a peer honor, awarded by and to artistsand technical professionals for artistic or technicalachievement, not sales or chart positions. The annualGRAMMY Awards presentation brings togetherthousandsof creativeand technical professionals in the recording industry from all over the world. In addition to the GRAMMY Awards, other honors are givenby the Recording Academy. These awards recognizecontributions and activities of significance to the recordingfield that fall outside the framework of the GRAMMY Awardscategories, and include the Lifetime Achievement Award,Trustees Award, Hall of Fame Award, the TechnicalGRAMMY Award, and the GRAMMY Legends Award.         www.grammy.comR*
Texas Music MagazineVol. 10  No. 1  January 2001

The Dixie Chicks'  first Monument Records album,Wide Open Spaces, 
is certified multi-platinum, selling more than 8 millioncopies in the U.S. It was the highest debutAlbum for a new vocal group since 1991. The Dixie Chicks were the 
topselling Country group of 1998,with WideOpenSpacesselling more than all 
other country group combined.
Wide Open Spaces is Sony Nashville's first
  album to crack the overall Billboard Top 5 inseventeen years, since Willie Nelson's"Always On My Mind" in 1982.
Fly sales are up to 5 million sold!

Dixie Chicks' tattoo's are up to eleven!


Dixie Chicks: country collaboration with vocals (two nominations, for "Strong Enough" with Sheryl Crow and "Walk Softly" with Ricky Skaggs)

Don Henley: male pop vocal performance ("Taking You Home"), pop vocal album (Inside Job), male rock vocal performance ("Workin' It")

Erykah Badu: female R&B vocal performance ("Bag Lady"), R&B song ("Bag Lady")

Pantera: metal performance ("Revolution Is My Name")

Johnnie Taylor: traditional R&B vocal album (Gotta Get the Groove Back)

   Lee Ann Womack: song of the year ("I Hope You Dance"), female country vocal performance ("I Hope You Dance"), country song ("I Hope You Dance," Mark D. Sanders, Tia Sillers), country album (I Hope You Dance)

Light Crust Doughboys: Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album (The Great Gospel Hit Parade: From Memphis to Nashville to Texas, with James Blackwood and the Jordanaires)

Steve Harvey: spoken comedy album (The Original Kings of Comedy)

Destiny's Child: record of the year ("Say My Name"), song of the year ("Say My Name"), R&B performance by a duo or group ("Say My Name"), R&B song ("Say My Name"), song written for a motion picture, television or other visual media ("Independent Women Part I," from Charlie's Angels)

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