How appropriate that the Grammys did a tribute to L.A. country band The Eagles at the 49th Annual Ceremony, since country took over the ceremony at the Kodak Theatre.
For the first time in Grammy history, all four of the general categories were won by country artists, led by Dixie Chicks, who won Record, Song and Album of the Year. Carrie Underwood, who sang the Chicks hit “Sin Wagon” during country week during her Idol run, won Best New Artist.
Underwood was also a winner for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her hit, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, which was named Best Country Song. The Chicks won Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo/Group for the fifth time, and Best Country Album for the fourth time. Vince Gill picked up his astonishing ninth Best Male Country Vocal Performance trophy for “The Reason Why.”
Here’s the full list of country winners at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards:
Album of the Year: Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
Record of the Year: Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready to Make Nice”
Song of the Year: “Not Ready to Make Nice” – Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison & Dan Wilson
Best New Artist: Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album: Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Carrie Underwood, “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Vince Gill, “The Reason Why”
Best Country Performance By a Duo/Group with Vocal: Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready to Make Nice”
Best Country Song: “Jesus, Take the Wheel” – Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson
Best Country Vocal Collaboration: “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” – Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles
Best Country Instrumental Performance: “Whiskey Before Breakfast” – Bryan Sutton & Doc Watson
Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Instrumentals