Grammys whistled Dixie

The defiant Dixie Chicks dominated the 49th annual Grammy Awards tonight, garnering all five awards for which they were nominated and sweeping the album, record, and song of the year categories.

The awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, marked a triumph for the group, which was criticized and abandoned by much of country radio following singer Natalie Maines' criticism of President Bush in 2003.

"I, for the first time in my life, am speechless," Maines said in accepting the song of the year award. She thanked bandmates Martie Maguire and Emily Robison "for sticking by me...I told you I'd take you to the Grammys."

The night saw several other artists land multiple awards, with Red Hot Chili Peppers nabbing four, including best rock album for Stadium Arcadium. Mary J. Blige, who led all nominees coming into the event with eight, grabbed three awards in the R&B; category, including best R&B; album for The Breakthrough.

An emotional Blige said she was grateful to reach a peak in her life after some difficult years.

"I want to use this success to build bridges, not to burn them," she said.

Country singer and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood earned two awards, including best new artist, and the songwriters of her track "Jesus, Take the Wheel" took home the award for top country song.

"This is absolutely unbelievable," Underwood said. Underwood performed the Eagle's hit "Desperado" and "San Antonio Rose" during the telecast. "I owe everything to American Idol."

The night featured a host of much-hyped performances, most notably by The Police, who planned to announce details of their reunion at a press conference Monday at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. The legendary trio performed a jazzy, plodding version of their 1978 hit single "Roxanne."

Justin Timberlake, who took home two Grammys, performed twice, playing a charged rendition of "What Goes Around..." with his band before dueting later with 18-year-old unsigned singer Robyn Troup, who won the "My Grammy Moment" contest. The pair teamed up on Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and Timberlake's "My Love."

Gnarls Barkley also won two awards and performed their smash hit "Crazy" in costumes inspired by the movie Catch Me If You Can. Double winners also included John Mayer and John Legend, who performed together along with Corinne Bailey Rae.

Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Ludacris, gospel star Kirk Franklin, late saxophonist Michael Brecker, jazz pianist Chick Corea, film composer John Williams, and classical conductor Michael Tilson Thomas also won two awards apiece.

Christina Aguilera, who won the best female pop vocal performance for her song "Ain't No Other Man," delivered a stirring performance of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died last December.

Here's the list of nominees, with winners in bold:


Record of the Year
Mary J. Blige - "Be Without You"
James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"
Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready To Make Nice"
Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On"


Album of the Year
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
John Mayer - Continuum
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds


Song of the Year
Mary J. Blige - "Be Without You" (Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Jason Perry)
Carrie Underwood - "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson)
Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready to Make Nice" (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson)
Corinne Bailey Rae - "Put Your Records On" (John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou, and Corinne Bailey Rae)
James Blunt - "You're Beautiful" (James Blunt, Amanda Ghost, and Sacha Skarbek)


Best New Artist
James Blunt
Chris Brown
Imogen Heap
Corinne Bailey Rae
Carrie Underwood


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Christina Aguilera - "Ain't No Other Man"
Natasha Bedingfield - "Unwritten"
Sheryl Crow - "You Can Close Your Eyes"
Pink - "Stupid Girls"
KT Tunstall - "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"


Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"
John Legend - "Save Room"
John Mayer - "Waiting On the World to Change"
Paul McCartney - "Jenny Wren"
Daniel Powter - "Bad Day"


Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
The Black Eyed Peas - "My Humps"
Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"
The Fray - "Over My Head (Cable Car)"
Keane - "Is It Any Wonder?"
The Pussycat Dolls - "Stickwitu"


Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder - "For Once In My Life"
Mary J. Blige and U2 - "One"
Sheryl Crow and Sting - "Always On Your Side"
Nelly Furtado and Timbaland - "Promiscuous"
Shakira and Wyclef Jean - "Hips Don't Lie"


Best Pop Vocal Album
Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics
James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint - The River In Reverse
John Mayer - Continuum
Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds


Pop Instrumental Album
Gerald Albright - New Beginnings
Larry Carlton - Fire Wire
Fourplay - X
Peter Frampton - Fingerprints
Spyro Gyra - Wrapped in a Dream


Best Dance Recording
Depeche Mode - "Suffer Well"
Goldfrapp - "Ooh La La"
Madonna - "Get Together"
Pet Shop Boys - "I'm With Stupid"
Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - "Sexy Back"


Best Electronic/Dance Album
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Madonna - Confessions On a Dance Floor
Oakenfold - A Lively Mind
Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental
Zero 7 - The Garden


Best Rock Song
Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars" (Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Tom Simpson, and Paul Wilson)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California" (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, and Chad Smith)
Neil Young - "Lookin' For a Leader" (Neil Young)
Bob Dylan - Someday Baby (Bob Dylan)
The Killers - "When You Were Young" (Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, and Ronnie Vannucci)


Best Rock Album
John Mayer Trio - Try!
Tom Petty - Highway Companion
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Neil Young - Living With War


Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Beck - "Nausea"
Bob Dylan - "Someday Baby"
John Mayer - "Route 66"
Tom Petty - "Saving Grace"
Neil Young - "Lookin' for a Leader"


Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal
Coldplay - "Talk"
The Fray - "How To Save A Life"
The Raconteurs - "Steady, As She Goes"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California"
U2 and Green Day - "The Saints Are Coming"


Best Hard Rock Performance
Buckcherry - "Crazy Bitch"
Nine Inch Nails - "Every Day Is Exactly the Same"
System of a Down - "Lonely Day"
Tool - "Vicarious"
Wolfmother - "Woman"


Best Metal Performance
Lamb of God - "Redneck"
Mastodon - "Colony of Birchmen"
Ministry - "Lies, Lies, Lies"
Slayer - "Eyes of the Insane"
Stone Sour - "30/30-150"


Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Arctic Monkeys - "Chun Li's Flying Bird Kick"
The Flaming Lips - "The Wizard Turns On..."
Peter Frampton - "Black Hole Sun"
David Gilmour - "Catsellorizon"
Joe Satriani - "Super Colossal"


Best Alternative Music Album
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
The Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
Thom Yorke - The Eraser


Best Female R&B; Vocal Performance
Beyonce - "Ring the Alarm"
Mary J. Blige - "Be Without You"
Mariah Carey - "Don't Forget About Us"
Natalie Cole - "Day Dreamin"
India.Arie - "I Am Not My Hair"


Best Male R&B; Vocal Performance
John Legend - "Heaven"
Ne-Yo - "So Sick"
Prince - "Black Sweat"
Lionel Richie - "I Call It Love"
Luther Vandross - "Got You Home"


R&B; Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
George Benson and Al Jarreau - "Breezin'"
Jamie Foxx featuring Mary J. Blige - "Love Changes"
Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams and Carl Thomas - "Everyday (Family Reunion)"
John Legend, Joss Stone, and Van Hunt - "Family Affair" (Sly and the Family Stone tribute)
Prince and Tamar - "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed"


Best R&B; Song
Mary J. Blige - "Be Without You" (Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Jason Perry)
Prince - "Black Sweat" (Prince)
Beyonce featuring Jay-Z - "Déjà vu" (Shawn Carter, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Beyonce Knowles, Makeba, Keli Nicole Price, and Delisha Thomas)
Mariah Carey - "Don't Forget About Us" (Johnta Austin, Mariah Carey, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Jermaine Dupri)
India.Arie - "I Am Not My Hair" (Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, and India Arie Simpson)


Best R&B; Album
Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough
Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable
India.Arie - Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
Prince - 3121
Lionel Richie - Coming Home


Best Contemporary R&B; Album
Beyonce - B'Day
Chris Brown - Chris Brown
Janet Jackson - 20 Y.O.
Kelis - Kelis Was Here
Ne-Yo - In My Own Words


Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Gnarls Barkley - "Crazy"
Sergio Mendes Featuring Erykah Badu and Will.i.am - "That Heat"
Sergio Mendes Featuring The Black Eyed Peas - "Mas Que Nada"
Outkast - "Idlewild Blue (Don't Chu Worry 'Bout Me)"
Prince - "3121"


Best Rap Solo Performance
Busta Rhymes - "Touch It"
Missy Elliott - "We Run This"
Lupe Fiasco - "Kick, Push"
Mos Def - "Undeniable"
T.I. - "What You Know"


Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone - "Ridin'"
Ludacris and Field Mob (Featuring Jamie Foxx) - "Georgia"
Nelly Featuring Paul Wall, Ali, and Gipp - "Grillz"
Outkast - "Mighty 'O'"
The Roots - "Don't Feel Right"


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Akon Featuring Eminem - "Smack That"
Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z - "Déjà Vu"
Eminem Featuring Nate Dogg - "Shake That"
Jamie Foxx Featuring Ludacris - "Unpredictable"
Justin Timberlake Featuring T.I. - "My Love"


Best Rap Song
Yung Joc - It's Goin' Down (Chadron Moore and Jasiel Robinson)
Lupe Fiasco - "Kick, Push" (Wasalu Muhammad Jaco)
Ludacris Featuring Pharrell - "Money Maker" (Christopher Bridges and Pharrell Williams)
Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone - "Ridin'" (Anthony Henderson, J. Slainas, O. Salinas, and Hakeem Seriki)
T.I. - "What You Know" (A. Davis and Clifford Harris)


Best Rap Album
Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
Ludacris - Release Therapy
Pharrell - In My Mind
The Roots - Game Theory
T.I. - King


Best Country Album
Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way
Alan Jackson - Like Red On A Rose
Little Big Town - The Road To Here
Willie Nelson - You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker
Josh Turner - Your Man


Country Song
Dierks Bentley - "Every Mile a Memory" (Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, and Steve Bogard)
Gretchen Wilson - "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today" (Matraca Berg and Jim Collins)
Carrie Underwood - "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson)
Alan Jackson - "Like Red on a Rose" (Melanie Castleman and Robert Lee Castleman)
Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts the Most" (Steve Robson and Jeffrey Steele)


Female Country Vocal Performance
Miranda Lambert - "Kerosene"
Martina McBride - "I Still Miss Someone"
LeAnn Rimes - "Something's Gotta Give"
Carrie Underwood - "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
Gretchen Wilson - "I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today"


Male Country Vocal Performance
Dierks Bentley - "Every Mile a Memory"
Vince Gill - "The Reason Why"
George Strait - "The Seashores of Old Mexico"
Josh Turner - "Would You Go With Me"
Keith Urban - "Once in a Lifetime"


Best Country Performance by a Duo or a Group
Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready to Make Nice"
Duhk - "Heaven's My Home"
Little Big Town - "Boondocks"
Rascal Flatts - "What Hurts The Most"
Wreckers - "Leave the Pieces"


Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles - "Who Says You Can't Go Home"
Solomon Burke and Dolly Parton - "Tomorrow Is Forever"
Kenny Rogers and Don Henley "Calling Me"
Rhonda Vincent and Bobby Osborne - "Midnight Angel"
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks - "Love Will Always Win"


Traditional Folk Album
Ramblin' Jack Elliott - I Stand Alone
Odetta - Gonna Let It Shine
Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy - Adieu False Heart
Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome -- the Seeger Sessions
Ralph Stanley - A Distant Land to Roam


Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Jackson Browne - Solo Acoustic Vol. 1
Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac
Guy Clark - Workbench Songs
Bob Dylan - Modern Times
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris - All the Roadrunning


Best Gospel Performance
Yolanda Adams - "Victory"
Israel and New Breed - Not Forgotten"
Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers - "The Blessing Of Abraham"
Chris Tomlin - "Made To Worship"
Tye Tribbett and G.A. - "Victory"


Reggae Album
Buju Banton - Too Bad
Ziggy Marley - Love Is My Religion
Matisyahu - Youth
Sly and Robbie - Rhythm Doubles
UB40 - Who You Fighting For


Short Form Music Video
Big and Rich - "8th of November"
The Killers - "When You Were Young"
OK Go - "Here It Goes Again"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Dani California"
Underoath - "Writing on the Walls"

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