In a startling turn of events, the Grammy for Album of the Year went to something on the Folk Alley playlist as the Dixie Chicks were honored for Taking the Long Way. The Chicks picked up a total of 5 Grammys, including beating out the Duhks for Country Duo or Group with Vocal. Rhonda Vincent and Bobby Osborne lost Best Country Collaboration with Vocals to Bon Jovi and that girl from Sugarland (ouch). Bruce Springsteen scooped up the prize for Traditional Folk Album for We Shall Overcome, his tribute to Pete Seeger. Bob Dylan, who also won for Solo Rock Vocal Performance, took home the Grammy for Contemporary Folk Album for Modern Times. BTW, Neil Young was shut-out and Joan Baez looked beautiful (plus, why did I feel sad that Weird Al Yankovich has a wedding ring – really? was I planning on dating him?).
Other wins of interest:
Bryan Sutton (with some help from Doc Watson) for Country Instrumental for “Whiskey Before Breakfast.”
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for Bluegrass Album for Instrumentals.
Dan Zanes and Friends for Children’s Musical Album for Catch that Train.
Mary Youngblood for Native American Album for Dance with the Wind.
Various artists for Hawaiian Album for Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Live From Maui.
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones for Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album for The Hidden Land.
Jimmy Sturr for Polka Album for Polka in Paradise (beating out LynnMarie).
The Soweto Gospel Choir for Traditional World Music Album for Blessed.
The Klezmatics for Contemporary World Music Album for Wonder Wheel (a collection of songs with “lost” lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie).