Dixie Chicks

<B>Controversial characters: </B>The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0014154589" title="Dixie Chicks (music group)" href="/topic/entertainment/music/dixie-chicks-%28music-group%29-PECLB0014154589.topic">Dixie Chicks</a><br>
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<B>What they did:</B> Ten days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the band's lead singer, Natalie Maines, publicly criticized <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT000857" title="George W. Bush" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/george-w.-bush-PEPLT000857.topic">President George W. Bush</a> at a concert in England, saying the group was embarrassed that Bush came from their home state of Texas.<br>
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<B>What happened next:</B> Conservative radio talk-show hosts railed against them, the Chicks' music was banned from some radio stations and angry protesters rounded up their albums in garbage cans. Their Accidents & Accusations tour in 2006 suffered from low ticket sales in the U.S., but did well in Canada, where their album "Taking the Long Way" went platinum several times over.<br>
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<B>Residual effects: </B>In 2007, the Chicks won five Grammys, winning every award for which they were nominated. They were also nominated for Country Music Assn.'s top vocal group award, but lost to <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004085474677" title="Rascal Flatts (music group)" href="/topic/entertainment/music/rascal-flatts-%28music-group%29-PECLB004085474677.topic">Rascal Flatts</a>. Maines has since been seen as an interviewee in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="0100000004593864" title="Documentary (genre)" href="/topic/arts-culture/genres/documentary-%28genre%29-0100000004593864.topic">documentary</a> "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003654" title="Pete Seeger" href="/topic/entertainment/music/pete-seeger-PECLB003654.topic">Pete Seeger</a>: The Power of Song," in which she speaks of the singer's own controversies.
(Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
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Controversial characters: The Dixie Chicks

What they did: Ten days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the band's lead singer, Natalie Maines, publicly criticized President George W. Bush at a concert in England, saying the group was embarrassed that Bush came from their home state of Texas.

What happened next: Conservative radio talk-show hosts railed against them, the Chicks' music was banned from some radio stations and angry protesters rounded up their albums in garbage cans. Their Accidents & Accusations tour in 2006 suffered from low ticket sales in the U.S., but did well in Canada, where their album "Taking the Long Way" went platinum several times over.

Residual effects: In 2007, the Chicks won five Grammys, winning every award for which they were nominated. They were also nominated for Country Music Assn.'s top vocal group award, but lost to Rascal Flatts. Maines has since been seen as an interviewee in the documentary "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," in which she speaks of the singer's own controversies. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for The Recording Academy)

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