Dixie Chicks Collect Three Grammys

The Dixie Chicks earned three Grammy awards on Sunday night (Feb. 23), losing their fourth nomination — album of the year — to the evening’s big winner, Norah Jones.

Immediately after performing “Landslide,” the Chicks and their co-producer Lloyd Maines collected a Grammy for best country album for Home.

“I have to say, we keep getting asked this ridiculous question of, ‘Does this ever get old?’ No, this never gets old, and we are so attached to this album and really proud of it,” said Natalie Maines in her acceptance speech. “It’s our first co-producing effort, and we did it with our dad, Lloyd Maines. I want to check the record books to see how many fathers and daughters have won Grammys together. We’re very excited.”

Martie Maguire added, “I’m so glad that we kissed and made up with Sony because they’ve done wonderful, wonderful things with this record — a record that’s acoustic and not very mainstream and yet is winning Grammys and topping the charts.”

“Being a producer with these girls, they can make any producer look really smart,” Lloyd Maines said.

The Chicks also picked up best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for “Long Time Gone” as well as best country instrumental performance for “Lil’ Jack Slade.”

Early in the broadcast, Faith Hill sang “Cry” although she had accepted her award for best female country vocal performance for that song earlier in the night. Tim McGraw accompanied her to the ceremony which was held in New York City for the first time in five years.

Notably, two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame will now have to make more room on the mantle. Johnny Cash won the best male country vocal performance for “Give My Love to Rose,” and Willie Nelson earned the best country collaboration with vocals for “Mendocino County Line,” a duet with Lee Ann Womack .

Alan Jackson collected the Grammy for best country song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Jim Lauderdale , Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys picked up the best bluegrass album award for Lost in the Lonesome Pines.

Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow won Grammys for best rock performances. Springsteen collected two additional trophies for best rock song (“The Rising”) and best rock album (The Rising.) Crow joined Kid Rock to sing “You’re an Original” from her album C’mon, C’mon.

Norah Jones, a jazz-influenced chanteuse, walked away with five major Grammys: record of the year, album of the year, best new artist, best female pop vocal performance and best pop vocal album. Jesse Harris earned song of the year for writing Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.” Her album Come Away With Me also captured the best engineered album, non-classical, as well as producer of the year for Arif Martin.

Country-related Grammy winners:

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
“Cry,” Faith Hill

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

“Give My Love to Rose,” Johnny Cash

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Long Time Gone,” Dixie Chicks

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

“Mendocino Country Line,” Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Instrumental Performance

“Lil’ Jack Slade,” Dixie Chicks

Best Country Song
“Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson

Best Country Album

Home, Dixie Chicks

Best Bluegrass Album

Lost in the Lonesome Pines, Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Best Traditional Folk Album

Legacy, Doc Watson and David Holt

Best Contemporary Folk Album

This Side, Nickel Creek

Best Native American Music Album

Beneath the Raven Moon, Mary Youngblood

Best Musical Album for Children
Monsters, Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites, Riders in the Sky

Best Recording Package
Home, Kevin Reagan, art director (Dixie Chicks)

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.