October 14, 2008
In 2000, the Dixie Chicks demonstrated their artistic integrity and their clear stranglehold on country music, buoyed by musical know-how and lyrical honesty and eloquence. Their near-sweep remains one of the most dominant performances by an act in a single ceremony.
With their four victories in 2000, the Texas trio was the true champion of the evening. They claimed the prestigious Entertainer of the Year trophy, becoming only the second group (Alabama) to win the award. They also took home Album of the Year for Fly, Vocal Group of the Year (for the third year running) and Video of the Year for their controversial “Goodbye Earl,” a clip that included cameos from Dennis Franz and Jane Krakowski as an abusive husband and his revenge-minded wife.
Also that evening, the trio ripped through the delicious “Sin Wagon”, a tribute to mattress dancing, hell raising and hard living. Natalie Maines, decked out in a red dress and surrounded by a set filled with fake flames, sang a roaring version of the devilish song. And sisters Martie McGuire and Emily Robison displayed the passionate pickin’ and playin’ that elevated them to the very top of Nashville’s musical ladder. The winning evening was a fitting end to a year of higher-than-the-sky success for the group, as Fly would eventually soar to over ten million copies sold.
The following year, in the wake of the 9-11 attacks, the three women introduced a national audience to the Bruce Robison-written “Travelin’ Soldier,” a three-act story that features a young woman, the love of her life and his death in the Vietnam War. Beautifully told, it terrifically captured the mood of the moment, and won a rousing ovation from the industry crowd. The Dixie Chicks won the 2002 Vocal Group of the Year award to tally their 10th CMA win, but since that victory the trio has only received scattered nominations.
Dixie Chicks, “Sin Wagon” (2000):
Dixie Chicks, “Travelin’ Soldier” (2001):