"I think people are using their freedom of speech here tonight with all of these awards. We get the message," singer Natalie Maines said after winning the fifth Grammy, album of the year for "Taking the Long Way Home."
Hope this isn't an example of her intellectual research on the ways of the world. The Grammy voting is limited to music industry insiders only, and not a stamp of approval by the masses, as she evidently believes. Members must pass muster for credentials before being allowed into the exclusive club. I was, at one point in my past briefly, one of those members.
The single true indicator of public approval is product sales. And even that is only a commentary on the music, not the citizen. If Ms. Maines is seeking redemption/satisfaction that she has been "forgiven", this isn't it. Instead she should learn to take her lumps as they come with grace, and cease whining as a defiant victim. Free speech doesn't make you immune to criticism.
(Mata Note:... thanks to poster Steve for catching my previous grammarical error using "entitled" instead of "titled", and pointing it out so graciously.... uh huh. Then again, Steve has his own spelling problems on his website himself... it's *speech*, not "speach", Steve! Happy to return the favor.)
Poster Steve suggests that perhaps Ms. Maines was only referring to the NARAS voting membership, as she did not mention "the masses" specifically in her comment "using their free speech". Oh lawdy... here we go with the parsing of words stuff, again. sigh
Tisn't such a leap of an assumption, Steve. By her words and delivery, Ms. Maines obviously felt receiving these awards was a form of vindication for the negative press she's received. Rather a silly notion if you realize it's only a majority of 16,000-20,000 possible votes, spread out over many honorees. Not exactly a huge representation of the US population.
Therefore, either she's easily silly enough have a huge sense of redemption and "get the message" from a few elite industry insiders. Or she genuinely believes that the public has a say in the Grammy winners. Silly? Or clueless to the process? I think I gave her the benefit of the doubt by the latter.