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5 Grammy Wins Mark Comeback for Dixie Chicks


The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at Grammy Awards, Sunday. The singers earned five Grammys -- the highest American music industry honors. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, the evening marked a career comeback for the trio.

The Dixie Chicks had a career slump after lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the war in Iraq and upset many of the group's fans. Their defiant comeback album "Taking the Long Way" was named album of the year and best country album and the song "Not Ready to Make Nice" earned Grammys for record of the year, song of the year, and best country performance by a duo or group.

After nearly four years of criticism, and some country radio stations refusing to play their music, band member Marty Maguire told reporters the win feels good. She said the album told a story.

"Great music comes from inspiration and what happened to us really drove us to make an album that said a lot, and I think people kind of linked into that because it was a story and it was something beyond the music. It was not just songs," she said.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers earned four Grammys, including best rock album for "Stadium Arcadium," and best rock song, and best rock vocal by a duo or group, for the song "Dani California."

Singer Mary J. Blige earned Grammys for best rhythm and blues album for "The Breakthrough," and best female R & B performance for the song "Be Without You." The track was also named best R & B song, an award that Blige, as co-writer, shared with the other writers.

Carrie Underwood was named best new artist, and earned a Grammy for best female vocal country performance for her hit song "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

The singer from Checotah, Oklahoma, soared to stardom after appearing on the talent show "American Idol." She says she knows there are other artists waiting to be discovered.

"There are so many people that just have huge dreams," she said. "They just don't know what to do about them. And, I am living proof that it is possible from being a big nobody in a little town and having huge dreams to going up on stage and winning Grammys."

An industry veteran, singer Tony Bennett, earned a Grammy for his collaborative pop album "Duets," and earned another with Stevie Wonder for their joint rendition of "For Once in My Life."