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A Return to Country

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Posted on February 16 2010 2:22 pm
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by Kidist Paulos Asrat

The 2010 Grammy Awards had many country numbers, both in the performances and the awards. Country/pop singer Taylor Swift accepted the most important award for the night, Album of the Year, with youthful enthusiasm by exclaiming “We get to take this back to Nashville!” But the highlight of the evening was a perfect rendition of “America the Beautiful” by the country group The Zac Brown Band, followed by Zac Brown’s virtuoso guitar playing during the band’s country hit “Chicken Fried.” This same group unexpectedly received the Best New Artist award, another big win for country music.

Commentary on this country presence was minimal from the seasoned (and sour) music critics, who spent a good deal of time replaying Swift’s off-key performance with the folksy Stevie Nicks. This criticism was later retracted, since the problem was a technical glitch. In the eyes and ears of such critics, this year’s Grammy performances were the best ever, thanks to the nihilistic Lady Gaga and her dancing corpses, Beyonce marching on the stage with an aggressive army of soldier dancers, and Pink’s aerial suspension in a fetal position. But ignoring country just won’t make it go away.

Read more at FrontPage Magazine.

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