Chicks make nice work of Grammys; 3 wins for Blige


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 (HR 2/12).

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.

"For the first time in my life, I'm speechless," Maines said when accepting for song of the year.

Chicks went a perfect 5-for-5 on the night and brought their Grammy total to 13.

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.

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.