Chicks have last word

Trio 5-for-5 at Grammys; Blige tops in R&B

Dixie Chicks triumphed over their critics, Mary J. Blige played comeback queen and Red Hot Chili Peppers reasserted their rock dominance Sunday night at the 49th annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Chicks won five awards, including record and song of the year for "Not Ready to Make Nice" and album of the year for "Taking the Long Way." Blige won best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance for "Be Without You" and best R&B album for "The Breakthrough."

"Make Nice," which the Chicks performed live during the show, references the fallout the group endured after singer Natalie Maines spoke out against President Bush at a 2003 concert in England. The song, which trumped hits from Blige, Gnarls Barkley, Corinne Bailey Rae and James Blunt to win record of the year, was shunned by country radio but set the tone for the hit album.

"For the first time in my life, I'm speechless," Maines said with a laugh while accepting song of the year. The Chicks got the last laugh later in the evening, when "Long Way" won best country album. "A lot of people just turned their TVs off right now," she said.

Chicks went a perfect 5-for-5 on the night and brought their Grammy total to 13. Chicks' record, song and album of the year trifecta is the first time since Norah Jones in 2002 that anyone has swept the categories.

Blige went in as the leading nominee with eight but was shut out of the major categories; her wins Sunday doubled her Grammy total to six.

"This is the first time I've ever been up here to receive anything," she said onstage, holding back tears. "For so many years I had been talked about negatively, but this time, I've been talked about positively by so many people." Later, she added, "Success exposes who you really are. I want to use this success to build bridges, not to burn them."

The veteran Chili Peppers quartet won best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for "Dani California" as well as best rock album and best boxed or special limited-edition package for "Stadium Arcadium," a double-disc set that has spawned several rock radio hits. Their four wins Sunday were the band's first since its lone Grammy triumph 14 years ago.

The reunited Police, who will announce a summer tour today, opened the show by playing their breakthrough hit, "Roxanne."

In an attempt to attract a younger demographic, organizers created the fan-voted "My Grammy Moment" contest, which awarded 18-year-old amateur singer Robyn Troup the chance to perform with Justin Timberlake on Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and his own "My Love."

Other performances were turned in by Blige, Blunt, Ludacris with Blige and Earth, Wind & Fire, the trio of Bailey Rae, John Legend and John Mayer, Shakira with Wyclef Jean and Gnarls Barkley (whose members dressed as airline pilots). In an R&B-themed segment, Smokey Robinson sang "Tracks of My Tears," Lionel Richie played "Hello" alone at the piano, rising star Chris Brown sang "Run It," and Christina Aguilera paid tribute to the late James Brown by belting out "It's a Man's Man's Man's World."

"American Idol" alum Carrie Underwood beat Bailey Rae, Blunt and Brown for best new artist moments after performing with Rascal Flatts in a tribute to the Eagles. Meanwhile, Timberlake won best dance recording for "SexyBack" featuring Timbaland and best rap/sung collaboration for "My Love" featuring T.I., who also won best rap solo performance for "What You Know."

Gnarls Barkley picked up Grammys for best urban/alternative performance for "Crazy" and best alternative music album for "St. Elsewhere." Bob Dylan won best contemporary folk/Americana album for "Modern Times" and best solo rock vocal performance for the set's "Someday Baby." Ike Turner won the traditional blues album award for "Risin' With the Blues," his first Grammy since the early 1970s.

Legend won best male R&B vocal performance for "Heaven" and best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for "Family Affair" with Joss Stone and Van Hunt. The awards bring his Grammy total to five.

The first televised award of the night went to Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder for best pop collaboration with vocals for "For Once in My Life." Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" also was victorious for best traditional pop vocal album. Dating to 1962, Bennett now has 13 wins.

Ludacris won best rap album for "Release Therapy" and best rap song for "Money Maker," featuring Pharrell. The artist gave a shout-out to his father, who he said was in critical condition with an undisclosed ailment, as well as talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill O'Reilly, with whom he has feuded in the past.

Other winners included Mayer's "Continuum" for best pop vocal album (his total now stands at four), Chamillionaire's "Ridin' " featuring Krayzie Bone, for best rap performance by a duo or group with vocal, and OK Go won for best shortform music video for the YouTube sensation "Here It Goes Again."

Guitarist Peter Frampton won best pop instrumental album for "Fingerprints," which features members of the Rolling Stones and Pearl Jam, while Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor" took home best electronic/dance album. Madonna's Grammy bag now has five awards in it.

The Grateful Dead, the Doors, Joan Baez, Maria Callas, Booker T. & the MG's and Ornette Coleman received lifetime achievement awards, while A&M Records founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss got the President's Merit award. Stax Records co-founder Estelle Axton, engineer Cosimo Matassa and Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim were recognized with the Trustees award.

Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard.

Record of The Year

Not Ready to Make Nice Dixie Chicks; Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott, Chris Testa, engineers/mixers; track from: Taking the Long Way (Open Wide/Columbia)

Album of The Year

Taking the Long Way Dixie Chicks; Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott, Chris Testa, engineers/mixers; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer (Open Wide/Columbia)

Song of The Year

Not Ready to Make Nice Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Dan Wilson, songwriters (Dixie Chicks); track from: Taking the Long Way (Open Wide/Columbia; publishers: Woolly Puddin' Music, Chrysalis Music, Sugar Lake Music)

New Artist

Carrie Underwood

Female Pop Vocal Performance

Ain't No Other Man Christina Aguilera; track from: Back to Basics (RCA Records)

Male Pop Vocal Performance

Waiting on the World to Change John Mayer; track from: Continuum (Aware/Columbia)

Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

My Humps The Black Eyed Peas; track from: Monkey Business (A&M Records)

Pop Collaboration With Vocals

For Once in My Life Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder; track from: Duets: An American Classic (RPM Records/Columbia)

Pop Instrumental Performance

Mornin' George Benson (& Al Jarreau); track from: Givin' It Up (Concord Records/Monster Music)

Pop Instrumental Album

Fingerprints Peter Frampton (A&M Records/New Door Records)

Pop Vocal Album

Continuum John Mayer (Aware/Columbia)

Dance Recording

SexyBack Justin Timberlake & Timbaland; Danja, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, mixer (Jive Records/ Zomba Label Group)

Electronic/Dance Album

Confessions on a Dance Floor Madonna (Warner Bros.)

Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Duets: An American Classic Tony Bennett (RPM Records/Columbia)

Solo Rock Vocal Performance

Someday Baby Bob Dylan; track from: Modern Times (Columbia)

Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers; track from: Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros.)

Hard Rock Performance

Woman Wolfmother; track from: Wolfmother (Modular/Interscope Records)

Metal Performance

Eyes of the Insane Slayer; track from: Christ Illusion (American)

Rock Instrumental Performance

The Wizard Turns On … The Flaming Lips; track from: At War With the Mystics (Warner Bros.)

Rock Song

Dani California Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers); track from: Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros.; publisher: Moebetoblame Music.)

Rock Album

(Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock

Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers (Warner Bros.)

Alternative Music Album

(vocal or instrumental)

St. Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley (Downtown/ Atlantic)

Female R&B Vocal Performance

Be Without You Mary J. Blige; track from: The Breakthrough (Geffen Records)

Male R&B Vocal Performance

Heaven John Legend; track from: Once Again (Columbia/GOOD/Sony Urban Music)

R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Family Affair (Sly & the Family Stone), John Legend, Joss Stone With Van Hunt; track from: Different Strokes by Different Folks (Epic/Legacy Recordings)

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

God Bless the Child George Benson & Al Jarreau Featuring Jill Scott; track from: Givin' It Up (Concord Records/Monster Music)

Urban/Alternative Performance

Crazy Gnarls Barkley; track from: St. Elsewhere (Downtown/Atlantic)

R&B Song

Be Without You Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox, Jason Perry, songwriters (Mary J. Blige); track from: The Breakthrough (Geffen Records; publishers: Chrysalis Music, Mary J. Blige Music, Naked Under My Clothes Music, Universal Music Corp., Babyboy's Little Publishing, Jason's Lyrics, Noontime South, Reach Global Tunes, WB Music)

R&B Album

The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records)

Contemporary R&B Album

B'Day Beyonce (Sony Urban Music/Columbia)

Rap Solo Performance

What You Know T.I.; track from: King (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

Ridin Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone (Universal Records)

Rap/Sung Collaboration

My Love Justin Timberlake Featuring T.I.; track from: FutureSex/LoveSounds (Jive Records/Zomba Label Group)

Rap Song

Money Maker Christopher Bridges & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Ludacris Featuring Pharrell); track from: Release Therapy (Disturbing The Peace/Def Jam Recordings; publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Waters of Nazareth Publishing)

Rap Album

Release Therapy Ludacris (Disturbing Tha Peace)

Female Country Vocal Performance

Jesus, Take the Wheel Carrie Underwood; track from: Some Hearts (Arista/Arista Nashville/19)

Male Country Vocal Performance

The Reason Why Vince Gill (MCA Nashville)

Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Not Ready to Make Nice Dixie Chicks; track from: Taking the Long Way (Open Wide/Columbia)

Country Collaboration With Vocals

Who Says You Can't Go Home Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles; track from: Have a Nice Day (Island)

Country Instrumental Performance

Whiskey Before Breakfast Bryan Sutton & Doc Watson; track from: Not Too Far From the Tree (Sugar Hill Records)

Country Song

Jesus, Take the Wheel Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, songwriters (Carrie Underwood); track from: Some Hearts; (Arista/Arista Nashville/19; publishers: Dimensional Music of 1091/Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing, Raylene Music/BPJ Administration, No Such Music, Passing Stranger Music/1609 Songs/Music of Windswept)

Country Album

Taking the Long Way Dixie Chicks (Open Wide/Columbia)

Bluegrass Album

Instrumentals Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Skaggs Family Records)

New Age Album

Amarantine Enya (Reprise)

Contemporary Jazz Album

The Hidden Land Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (Columbia)

Jazz Vocal Album

Turned to Blue Nancy Wilson (MCG Jazz)

Jazz instrumental Solo

Some Skunk Funk Michael Brecker, soloist; track from: Some Skunk Funk (Randy Brecker w/Michael Brecker) (Telarc Jazz/BHM)

Jazz instrumental Album, individual or Group

The Ultimate Adventure Chick Corea (Stretch Records)

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Some Skunk Funk Randy Brecker With Michael Brecker, Jim Beard, Will Lee, Peter Erskine, Marcio Doctor & Vince Mendoza conducting the WDR Big Band Koln (Telarc Jazz/BHM)

Latin Jazz Album

Simpatico The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project (ArtistShare)

Gospel Performance

Victory Yolanda Adams; track from: The Gospel — Soundtrack (Verity Records)

Gospel Song

Imagine Me Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin); (Fo Yo Soul/Verity/Zomba; publishers: Zomba Songs, Kerrion Publishing, Lilly Mack Music)

Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

Turn Around Jonny Lang (A&M Records)

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Wherever You Are Third Day (Essential Records)

Southern, Country Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

Glory Train Randy Travis (Word Records/ Curb/Warner Bros.)

Traditional Gospel Album

Alive in South Africa Israel & New Breed (Integrity Gospel)

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Hero Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/Zomba)

Latin Pop Album

Adentro Arjona (Norte/Sony BMG)

Limon Y Sal Julieta Venegas (Norte/Sony BMG)

Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album

Amar es Combatir Mana (Warner Music Latina)

Tropical Latin Album

Directo Al Corazon Gilberto Santa Rosa (Norte/Sony BMG)

Mexican/Mexican-American Album

Historias De Mi Tierra Pepe Aguilar (Norte/Sony BMG)

Tejano Album

Sigue El Taconazo Chente Barrera (Q-Vo Records)

Norteno Album

Historias Que Contar Los Tigres Del Norte (Fonovisa Records)

Banda Album

Mas Alla Del Sol Joan Sebastian (Musart)

Traditional Blues Album

Risin' With the Blues Ike Turner (Zoho Roots)

Contemporary Blues Album

After the Rain Irma Thomas (Rounder)

Traditional Folk Album

We Shall Overcome — The Seeger Sessions Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)

Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

(Vocal or instrumental.)

Modern Times Bob Dylan (Columbia)

Native-American Music Album

Dance With the Wind Mary Youngblood (Silver Wave Records)

Hawaiian Music Album

Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar — Live From Maui Various artists; Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku Jr., Paul Konwiser, Wayne Wong, producers (Daniel Ho Creations)

Reggae Album

Love Is My Religion Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong Worldwide)

Traditional World Music Album

Blessed Soweto Gospel Choir (Shanachie)

Contemporary World Music Album

Wonder Wheel The Klezmatics (Jewish Music Group)

Polka Album

Polka in Paradise Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (Rounder)

Musical Album For Children

Catch That Train! Dan Zanes and Friends (Festival Five Records)

Spoken-Word Album For Children

Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs Bill Harley (Round River Records/Empyrean Records)

Spoken-Word Album

Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis (Jimmy Carter) Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster Audio)

With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together (Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee) Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee (Time Warner)

Comedy Album

The Carnegie Hall Performance Lewis Black (Comedy Central Records)

Musical Show Album

Jersey Boys Bob Gaudio, producer (Bob Gaudio, composer; Bob Crewe, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young & Others) (Rhino)

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Walk the Line Joaquin Phoenix & Various Artists (Wind-Up Records)

Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Memoirs of a Geisha John Williams, composer (Sony Classical)

Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Our Town (From Cars) Randy Newman, songwriter (James Taylor) (Walt Disney Records/Pixar; publishers: Walt Disney Music, Pixar Talking Pictures)

Instrumental Composition

A Prayer for Peace John Williams, composer (John Williams); track from: Munich — Soundtrack (Decca Records)

Instrumental Arrangement

Three Ghouls Chick Corea, arranger (Chick Corea); track from: The Ultimate Adventure (Stretch Records)

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

For Once in My Life Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder); track from: Duets: An American Classic (RPM Records/Columbia)

Recording Package

10,000 Days Adam Jones, art director (Tool) (Tool Dissectional/Volcano/Zomba Label Group)

Boxed Or Special Limited-Edition Package

Stadium Arcadium Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Matt Taylor, art directors (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (Warner Bros.)

Album Notes

If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It! Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Fats Waller) (Bluebird/Legacy Recordings)

Historical Album

Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922 Meagan Hennessey, Richard Martin, compilation producers; Tim Brooks, David Giovannoni, Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various artists) (Archeophone Records)

Engineered Album, NonClassical

At War With the Mystics The Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, engineers (The Flaming Lips) (Warner Bros. Records)

Producer of The Year, NonClassical

Rick Rubin

American V: A Hundred Highways (Johnny Cash) (A)

God's Gonna Cut You Down (Johnny Cash) (T)

Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (A)

Taking the Long Way (Dixie Chicks) (A)

12 Songs (Neil Diamond) (A)

Remixed Recording, NonClassical

Talk (Thin White Duke Mix) Jacques Lu Cont, remixer (Coldplay); track from: Talk Remix EP (Capitol Records)

Surround Sound Album

Morph the Cat Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Donald Fagen, surround producer (Donald Fagen) (Reprise Records)

Engineered Album, Classical

Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes Michael Bishop, engineer (Paavo Jarvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) (Telarc)

Producer of The Year, Classical

Elaine Martone

Del Tredici: Paul Revere's Ride; Theofanidis: The Here and Now; Bernstein: Lamentation (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Hila Plitmann & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus)

Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes (Paavo Jarvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Michel Camilo, Ernest Martinez Izquierdo & Barcelona Symphony Orchestra)

Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Songs of a Wayfarer (Benjamin Zander, Christopher Maltman & Philharmonia Orchestra)

Renaissance Favorites for Guitar (David Russell)

Classical Album

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Andreas Neubronner, producer (San Francisco Symphony) (San Francisco Symphony)

Orchestral Performance

Mahler: Symphony No. 7 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony) (San Francisco Symphony)

Opera Recording

Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears Robert Spano, conductor; Kelley O'Connor & Dawn Upshaw; Valerie Gross & Sid McLauchlan, producers (Women of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) (Deutsche Grammophon)

Choral Performance

Part: Da Pacem Paul Hillier, conductor (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir) (Harmonia Mundi)

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)

Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds) John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Angelin Chang (Cleveland Chamber Symphony); track from: Cleveland Chamber Symphony: Music That Dares to Explore, Vol. 6 (TNC)

Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)

Chopin: Nocturnes Maurizio Pollini (Deutsche Grammophon)

Chamber Music Performance

Intimate Voices Emerson String Quartet (Deutsche Grammophon)

Small Ensemble Performance

Padilla: Sun of Justice Peter Rutenberg, conductor; Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella (RCM — Rubedo Canis Musica)

Classical Vocal Performance

Rilke Songs Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Peter Serkin); track from: Lieberson: Rilke Songs, the Six Realms, Horn Concerto (Bridge Records Inc.)

Classical Contemporary Composition

Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears Osvaldo Golijov (Robert Spano) (Deutsche Grammophon)

Classical Crossover Album

Simple Gifts Bryn Terfel (London Voices; London Symphony Orchestra) (Deutsche Grammophon)

Shortform Music Video

Here It Goes Again OK Go; Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash Jr, Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross, Trish Sie, video directors; Dan Konopka, Damien Kulash Jr., Timothy Nordwind, andy Ross, Trish Sie, video producers (Capitol)

Longform Music Video

Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run Bruce Springsteen; Thom Zimny, video director; Thom Zimny, video producer (Columbia)