#5 The 55th GRAMMY Awards were a big night for Carrie Underwood as she took home her sixth GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for “Blown Away”, but it wasn’t her win that made her the #5 Most Iconic GRAMMY Moment.
The country superstar donned a beautiful white strapless gown and surprised the audience when patterns began to be projected onto it. Butterflies, roses, fireworks and different patterns bounced off her Don O’Neill designed platinum ball gown that took 80 hours to make and featured 10 yards of satin and 100 yards of tulle and crinoline.
Carrie told reporters backstage the GRAMMY’s provided a cool environment to pull off the performance.
“There are so many big performances at the Grammys and sometimes I like to just stand still and perform. So (the dress) was the best way to do it, to create a cool environment.”
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#4 The GRAMMY Awards were not telecast live until 1971 so we can only imagine what the mood was like in 1969 at the 11th GRAMMY Awards. It was a year that proved big for country music when the iconic Glen Campbell took home the award for Album of the Year for By the Time I Get to Phoenix beating out the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, José Feliciano and Richard Harris. Glen Campbell is a five time GRAMMY winner.
#3 The 52nd GRAMMY Awards proved to be a career changer for Taylor Swift. She took home her very first GRAMMY award that evening but it didn’t stop there. She won an additional three that evening! Taylor’s two big wins of the evening were for Album of the Year (all-genre) and Best Country Album Fearless. Taylor is a seven time GRAMMY winner. Taylor is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album at this year’s awards.
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#2 It was 1997 and the GRAMMY’s helped make a dream come true for the then fourteen-year-old country music sensation LeAnn Rimes. LeAnn became the youngest GRAMMY winner ever (a record that still holds today) when she was presented with the Best New Artist Award. That same evening LeAnn faced off against the most-awarded female GRAMMY winner of all time, Alison Krauss, as well as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, Deana Carter and Trisha Yearwood to take home the Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue”.
#1 The 49th GRAMMY Awards in 2005 gave the Dixie Chicks the chance to show country music their sound was still relevant even if they were deemed outcasts, were receiving death threats and had fans boycotting their music. The Dixie Chicks had their sweet revenge capturing honors in all five of the categories in which they were nominated. The Dixie Chicks took home GRAMMY’s for the top three all-genre awards in two of the General Field categories: Record and Album Of The Year. Their album Taking the Long Way won best country album and “Not Ready to Make Nice” also captured Best Country Performance by a duo or group with vocal. The album was completely ignored by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music that year. “Not Ready to Make Nice” was an unapologetic response to the uproar set off in 2003 when the band’s lead singer, Natalie Maines, made an antiwar comment to fans at a London concert: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” During an acceptance speech, Natalie joked, “For the first time in my life, I’m speechless.” But in true fashion she found her voice in a later speech, “I’m very humbled and I think people were using their voice the same way this loudmouth did.”
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