The Dixie Chicks are one of the most iconic bands in country music. Founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, along with lead singer Natalie Maines, have captivated audiences globally. You may know of the Dixie Chicks’ music, or even for their controversial political comments, but you may not know these facts about the group!
1. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Natalie Maines confessed that she grew up preferring artists such as Michael Jackson and the Grease soundtrack over country music. Maines reported that she had dreams of being a pop star, like Madonna.
2. The Dixie Chicks named their band after the 1973 song “Dixie Chicken” by Little Feat. The song has both country and funkadelic vibes to it, which is telling of the Dixie Chicks themselves, often going beyond the norms of country as outliers in their genre.
3. At the 49th Grammy Awards in 2007, the Dixie Chicks were nominated for five different categories, and won all of them. This included the coveted “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year” awards.
4. In 2001, The Dixie Chicks tried to sue Sony Music, their record label, for millions of dollars in unpaid royalties. The lawsuit was settled with Sony giving them their own record label, Open Wide Records, to allow the trio to have more control of the music they put out.
5. In tune with their unconventional vibes, the Dixie Chicks performed with global pop icon Beyonce for a rendition of her song “Daddy Lessons” at the 2016 CMA Awards.
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