Dixie Chicks Ride Country-Lite Flip-Off 'Nice' To Grammy Gold

If you're legitimately interested in last night's Grammys, we'd usher you over to our record-store clerk cousins at Idolator, who liveblogged every Justin-Timberlake-making-love-to-a-lipstick-cam moment. Meanwhile, we'll apportion our typical amount of interest in the proceedings, while breathing a sigh of relief in the knowledge that if the Oscars were to excellence in movies what the Grammys are to music, Ron Howard would be looking at an inevitable Da Vinci Code win. The night belonged to the Dixie Chicks, who won record and song of the year for "Not Ready to Make Nice," their country-lite flip-off to former fans who called for various CD- and witch-burnings in recent years, and Carrie Underwood, whose wins offered further evidence of Simon Cowell's unequalled nose for sniffing out a great rack-voice combo:

Despite alienating a large chunk of their country audience after making anti-George Bush remarks in 2003, they clearly lost no points with Grammy voters, who awarded them country album and duo/ group awards as well as three of the "big four" awards. [...]
Besides her personal triumph, American Idol winner [Carrie] Underwood's victories were an artistic vindication for the hit TV show, which has often been derided in professional music circles.

There was as much drama behind the scenes as there was on stage, too (i.e. not much), as Page Six is also reporting that chronic bullying-victim T.R. Knight was forcefully ejected from a VIP table at the Rolling Stone/Justin Timberlake pre-Grammys performance at Avalon by Puff Security, a lapse of etiquette that should see a flurry of angrily worded statements from various VIP victims rights groups, followed by an elective stint for said bouncer in a 12-step program for overly aggressive bodyguards.