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ProducerJ
01-10-2002, 01:35 PM
From our friends at Country.com:
McGraw, Hill Add AMAs to Trophy Case

Tom Roland
01/10/2002


LOS ANGELES -- The McGraw-Hill house continued to publish new chapters in its ongoing awards story at the 29th American Music Awards Wednesday (Jan. 10).

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill repeated as favorite country male and female artists, respectively, while McGraw also nabbed favorite country album for Set This Circus Down during ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium.

Some 23 awards in total were handed out, ranging from Latin music to alternative, with Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and Trick Pony also taking honors in country categories.

McGraw was the only male act to gain dual honors, while R&B artists Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys and the late Aaliyah also took two trophies each. McGraw was uniquely positioned, however, to hit the stage three times. In addition to making the two speeches when he won, he also accepted on behalf of Hill, who did not attend.

"We've had a great year," he said for her, "and we're happy to still be around, playin' music."

The singer was expected to fly out immediately after the awards, and said he would arrive home around 1:30 a.m. in Nashville, where Hill was looking after their children.

Recent reports in the tabloids have indicated that their latest child, born in December, is in ill health, but McGraw insisted they have taken the stories in stride.

"It would probably be different," he smiled, "if there was truth to it."

The twosome has won as a couple numerous times. They won the male and female awards at last year's AMAs and the corresponding trophies from the Country Music Association in 2000. They won a Grammy as a couple last February, and have been particularly successful at the Academy of Country Music awards. The ACMs named them the top male and female vocalists in both 1999 and 2000, gave them the vocal event trophy as a couple in '99, and showered them with trophies in four categories the previous year for their first duet, "It's Your Love."

McGraw said backstage Wednesday night that they "hope to do a duet album somewhere down the line." Meanwhile, they each have solo projects slated by the end of 2002, and, McGraw added, "we got some shows we're gonna do." He played down the possibility of another arena tour, such as 2000's Soul 2 Soul Tour, but suggested they "might pop up at a few clubs."

Additionally, McGraw tipped his hat figuratively to Brooks, saying "without Garth Brooks, I wouldn't be here. I think he opened the door for a lot of country artists. He put us in the mainstream."

Brooks won a special Award of Merit at the show, putting him in an elite category with figures such as Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Billy Joel, to whom Brooks presented the same award three years ago.

"The memories of giving it to Billy Joel years ago just kept flooding back," Brooks told media backstage.

Though he has retired from touring, Brooks continues to maintain a public persona. He held out the possibility that he'll play baseball at spring training for the third year, indicating that he has meetings on the subject in approximately 10 days. Brooks has played for the Padres and the Mets in the past, raising money for his Touch 'Em All Foundation. When he performed the first of three network TV specials in Los Angeles in November, he indicated he was talking with two teams, one of them based on the West Coast.

"I'm turning 40 in February," he said last night, "so I don't know if my ass can handle it anymore. The charity's going great, though, and the kids deserve the money."

Brooks said he would like to attend this year's Grammy awards with fellow singer Trisha Yearwood, setting himself up for a bit of competition. Brooks is nominated along with George Jones for best country collaboration, for their performance of "Beer Run," which competes against Yearwood's duet with Don Henley, "Inside Out."

Brooks was also the lone country artist to address the acrimony between the Grammys and the AMAs. In December, AMA producer Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Grammy chief Michael Greene, charging that the executive has instituted a so-called blacklisting policy that bans artists who perform on the American Music Awards from also performing on the Grammys.

The two awards entities have clashed over the issue in the past, but Clark finally took it to court after Greene allegedly told Michael Jackson he would have to make a choice between the two shows. Jackson already had committed to perform on last night's show, but reneged after that conversation and only appeared long enough to accept his award. "Artists shouldn't have to choose between the Grammys and the AMAs," Brooks said backstage. "I know people from both sides, I know them well. When you get to the thing where all you're tryin' to do is eliminate the other, then the only thing that suffers is the music and the people who make it. I would say, 'Back off, you're nothin' without the artists. Let the artists make their choices, and if they'd like to play both television shows, I'd like to see 'em twice.'"

Brooks' feelings were shared by Mark McGrath, lead singer for the pop/rock band Sugar Ray, and Sheryl Crow, a country Grammy nominee for her version of "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" on the album Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute.

"I think this'll be the last year that we see that," she predicted. "It doesn't really happen in the film world, that I notice, and I think it would be really good next year not to have that feud."

Trick Pony's win for favorite new country artist put a cap on a feud between bass player Ira Dean and competitor Blake Shelton. Both artists actually believed Jamie O'Neal would take the trophy, but, Dean admitted, "we kept raggin' each other."

So when Trick Pony won, Dean made a point of delivering a message to Shelton: "Man, I'm buying the beer tonight!"

Shortly after their win, all three Pony members were on cellphones in the wings at the same time, each of them telling their parents the good news.

The feeling wasn't quite so new for Brooks & Dunn. After 10 years, the duo has tucked away a slew of trophies in an array of shows, with last night's win for favorite country band, duo or group marking their third AMA victory.

This win felt different, however. Prior to last year's Steers & Stripes album, they experienced the first lull in their career. They began to feel like some of their boosters in the industry were looking elsewhere, and it provided a challenge for them.

"When you've been lucky enough to have a career as long as we have in this business, people like to root for the underdog," Ronnie Dunn suggested. "Psychologically, whether or not that's a fact, it helped."

"We had gotten to a place," Kix Brooks affirmed, "where, I don't know if complacency was the right word. [After] 10 years we had a spot there for the first time where we felt like we could lose our career -- we might be on the downside, we might be on the way out. We stared each other in the eye and said, 'We gotta do something special.'"

For a handful of country acts, the 2002 AMAs were something quite special to add to the resume.

BigGfan4life
01-10-2002, 01:43 PM
Thank you for posting this! :) That's just another reason why Tim is my fave singer just behind Garth. Besides making great music, he's also very humble and always acknowledges that people like Garth have paved the way for other male country artists like himself, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith. Someday, I'm sure someone is going to stand at the podium and say that Tim McGraw made it possible for him to be up there, too. But for now, it's very cool that other artists are saying the same thing about Garth that Garth used to say about George Strait and George Jones. It just goes to show that country music is continuing to grow, and also that it's heading in the right direction :)

CheyenneWindRoper
01-10-2002, 02:11 PM
Super! Excellent! Awesome! Way to go Tim! I love reading stuff like this. Such a nice thing for Tim to say and so true too! I hope that they are spoiling the heck outta that new baby and their other kids!

Thanks for the article Joyce! :D

:)
Mary Liz

Hawk7lte
01-10-2002, 02:15 PM
"I know people from both sides, I know them well. When you get to the thing where all you're tryin' to do is eliminate the other, then the only thing that suffers is the music and the people who make it. I would say, 'Back off, you're nothin' without the artists. Let the artists make their choices, and if they'd like to play both television shows, I'd like to see 'em twice.'"

A little too strong in wording (IMHO). No one is "nothing" without the artists. The conclusion as to the solution though is correct (IMHO); back off, work together; fun seeing everyone as often as possible.

"Brooks said he would like to attend this year's Grammy awards with fellow singer Trisha Yearwood, setting himself up for a bit of competition."

"....bit of competition." Hun? There isn't any competition between friends that is involved.

Choices and consequences - that's the reality. Make 'em; deal with with the consequences; I do; on your own in this area. Boggles (confuses) my mind and heart though - that statement after all that has been published, promised, and said to be real.

Hawk

countyfair_85
01-10-2002, 02:36 PM
Though he has retired from touring, Brooks continues to maintain a public persona. He held out the possibility that he'll play baseball at spring training for the third year, indicating that he has meetings on the subject in approximately 10 days. Brooks has played for the Padres and the Mets in the past, raising money for his Touch 'Em All Foundation.

Thanks for the great article Joyce!
Looks like Garth might be at Spring Training! Cool!!!! :)

-Diane

littlebit
01-10-2002, 04:59 PM
:)

okey, i admit i don't like Tims and Faiths music, but that was a very sweet acknowledgement.

i was too hard on the guy, i admit :o

nelty
01-10-2002, 07:11 PM
First word that came out of my mouth reading the thread's name....

REALLY????

but its cool.... :cool:

Nelly

Garthfan92
01-10-2002, 10:48 PM
That is a cool article. Garth did bust the doors of country music wide open. Every other country artist out there, especially the newer ones, owe him for that. Someday, and not that far down the road, we'll hear new artists talking about Garth the way he talks about his George's. We'll be going, "Duh, you don't have to tell us how great he is!!!"

Lisa

CheyenneWindRoper
01-11-2002, 01:00 AM
Originally posted by Garthfan92
Someday, and not that far down the road, we'll hear new artists talking about Garth the way he talks about his George's. We'll be going, "Duh, you don't have to tell us how great he is!!!"

Lisa

Boy did you hit the nail smack dab & right on the head with that comment Lisa! ;)

:D
Mary Liz

gbcrazy
01-11-2002, 07:58 AM
WAY TO GO TIM!!!!

Tim has always talked good about Garth and has always named Garth as one of his influences. I think its wonderful!!

Terry

shelde2003
01-11-2002, 10:57 PM
now that's a humble man right there. and that's the way it should be because i think we all know that more than half of the amazing artists wouldn't be there if they didn't take note of and wanted to duplicate garth's courage and faith in himself. just my opinion

fuzzwuzz
01-12-2002, 12:29 AM
BigGfan4life, that was an excellant observation. I'm glad there are artists out there even willing to try and follow in Garth's footsteps. The fact that there is shows like you said, country music is maybe gonna be ok through Garth's retirement.


"Artists shouldn't have to choose between the Grammys and the AMAs," Brooks said backstage. "I know people from both sides, I know them well. When you get to the thing where all you're tryin' to do is eliminate the other, then the only thing that suffers is the music and the people who make it. I would say, 'Back off, you're nothin' without the artists. Let the artists make their choices, and if they'd like to play both television shows, I'd like to see 'em twice.'"Hawk, if you'll forgive me for this, but I AM a fan of the music, and I AM gonna be strong when I say my peace here. Just thought I'd warn ya,,,Garth had his turn. Now I'm having mine.
The artists are NOTHING without ME, the fan."You, you, you-you-you-you-you. I Wanna Talk About Me!" Yeah, the music suffers. I despise what these heads of the music business are doing to my first love. I say let's contact the local Honky Tonk Bar Association and try and get their attention! Let them try and eliminate us too? Over my dead body. Without us, they are NOTHING!!!! How do you like me now? huh?
"and when she gets mad, you best leave her alone" ~Garth&Fan~

wmcinnis
01-12-2002, 09:18 PM
Thanks for the article Joyce....that's great Tim feels this way about Garth....and so he should:) I was also surprised at the title of this thread....I don't read too much about Tim but for some reason I didn't think he felt this way....so, all I have to say is Very Cool:)
-Susan-

fuzzwuzz
01-12-2002, 11:05 PM
I want Dick Clark to know the fans of music are on his side, because he has always put the music and the people who listen to it first. And he brought it directly to the people through American Bandstand. And so much more that followed. Thank you for sticking up for us!

And thanks to Garth, who is also a FAN of the music, and has set the standard not just to other artists like Tim McGraw, but he set the standard of what it is to be a TRUE FAN of the music. I am confident in the above statements because of him.

fuzzwuzz
02-20-2002, 01:13 AM
I couldn't find the thread where we (at least I think it was you) discussed other artists that came to Nashville about the same time as Garth, and remember I mentioned Tim too? In the Feb. issue of Country Music there is an article about Keith Whitley. Isn't he the singer in Garth's video "The Dance"?

Many young country singers later acknowledged his influence, including Tracy Lawrence, Garth Brooks, Mark Chestnutt and many lesser lights....
Tim McGraw says he owes it all to Whitley: "I remember hearing 'Miami, My Amy' when I was a junior in high school. I thought, 'Man, this is the way it is supposed to be done. That is what I want to sing.' I don't think it gets any better than Keith Whitley. I had all his records, just loved his voice. He was a big, big influence. I moved to town the day Keith died."(May 9, 1989) It may have taken Tim longer to get a record deal, but he was there in town same as Alan, Garth, and Clint I suppose? after reading this I remembered reading it somewhere before about the date of Keith's death being the same day Tim came on the scene. I don't know Keith's music though. I guess I've missed out but at least I'm now enjoying the artist's enfluenced by BOTH Garth and Keith! And what I hear is great!

PJ
02-20-2002, 09:11 AM
Yes, Keith Whitley is in The Dance video but I thought he started in the music business a bit before Garth especially since Garth mentions Keith as being one of his influences.

ProducerJ
02-20-2002, 10:03 AM
PJ -

Dale is saying that TIM and Garth were in town around the same time.

Dale - Keith was a great talent that was never fully realized. He was married to country singer Lorrie Morgan, although her career was just beginning when he died.

J.

Chris Gaines
02-20-2002, 10:14 AM
Tim.. least you tell it like it is :)

Many many of the artists started cause of Garth!

Shania... don't you lie! You wouldn't have been in Country if it wasn't for Garth paving the way!

And even YOU Brad Paisley! ;)
(Brad used to sing .. you got it... GARTH songs in Bars back home that helped him get "noticed") ;)

Jason

no1cowgirl
02-20-2002, 10:42 AM
*twitches* Irving Berlin *twitch*

*L* Krista

RckyMtnGirl@hrt
02-20-2002, 03:35 PM
ROFL Krista! :D

CC