Musicians Off the Record: 2000s

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2000. Houston natives Destiny's Child’s "Say My Name" wins the band their first two Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best R&B Song.

2000. The Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal goes to Asleep at the Wheel for "Cherokee Maiden."

2000. Lee Ann Womack releases "I Hope You Dance" and receives a Grammy for Best Country Song.

Photo of Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack, © Paul Natkin /used by permission

2000. The Legends win the Best Tejano Album for ¿Qué Es Música Tejana?.  

2001. Destiny’s Child takes their third Grammy award in the category of Best R&B Group or Duo with vocals for the hit "Survivor."

Destiny's Child
Destiny’s Child in performance, © Paul Natkin /used by permission

2001. Yolanda Adams records The Experience and receives a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

2001. After 50 years of rock n’ roll, the legendary Freddy Fender applies his soaring tenor to the old Spanish songs of his childhood in San Benito. He's backed by San Antonio guitarists Juan Aguilar, Pancho Perez and requinto master Chepe Solis. They take home the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album for these songs sung in his original name, La Musica De Baldemar Huerta.

2001. Jimmie Vaughan releases Do You Get the Blues?. Shared with legendary singer Lou Ann Barton, this is Vaughan’s most romantic and lyrical blues collection yet. It wins the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Promo photo of Yolanda Adams
Promo photo of Yolanda Adams

2001. Grupo Solido cuts Nadie Como Tu and receives a Grammy in the category of Best Tejano Album.

2001. Lucinda Williams' track "Get Right with God" won her her third Grammy in the category of Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

2001. Ramón Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte receive a Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album Grammy for En Vivo...El Hombre Y Su Musica.

2001. T-Bone Burnett has a very productive year, taking home four Grammy awards. He receives Album of the Year and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for his work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He also wins Best Traditional Folk Album and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for Down from the Mountain.

2002. Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson team up to produce "Mendocino County Line," which earns a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.

2002. Roy Hargrove’s work with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker lands him two Grammys—one for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for "My Ship" and a second in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Directions in Music.

2002. The Dixie Chicks win three Grammys in 2002: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Long Time Gone," Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Lil’ Jack Slade" and Best Country Album for Home.

2002. David Holt, host of Folkways on TV and Riverwalk: Classic Jazz from the Landing on radio, teams with Doc Watson for a three-CD focus on Watson’s life story. Called Legacy, it won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording.

2002. Delbert McClinton is recognized with a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Recording for his album Nothing Personal.

2002. "John Walker’s Blues," about the California kid captured fighting with the Taliban, brings an onslaught of controversy down on singer-songwriter Steve Earle’s head. The album,Jerusalem, soars to #1 on the indie chart. No stranger to politics or controversy, Earle says, "Artists have always been the consciences of their societies. And I don't sing good enough to be an entertainer."

2003. Jimmy Gonzalez y El Grupo Mazz is awarded a Grammy award for Best Tejano Album for Si Me Faltas Tu.

2003. After studying jazz piano at North Texas in Denton, Norah Jones decides to stay in New York for her music. Her first album gives her a monumental year, winning an unprecedented six Grammy awards. For the cut "Don’t Know Why," she takes Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her debut album Come Away with Me earns her awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. It goes on to sell more than 18 million copies worldwide. To top off her perfect year, she also receives the award for Best New Artist.

Norah Jones singing at the piano
Norah Jones singing at the piano, © Paul Natkin /used by permission

2003. Los Terribles Del Norte lands a Grammy in the category of Best Norteño Album for La Tercera Es La Vencida...Eso!

2003. Emilio Navaira snags Best Tejano Album Grammy for Acuérdate.

Promo photo of Emilio Navaira
Promo photo of Emilio Navaira

2003. Kelly Rowland and Nelly win a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Dilemma.

2003. Usher cuts the track "U Don’t Have to Call" and receives a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Photo of Usher in performance
Usher in performance, © Paul Natkin /used by permission

2003.Erykah Badu takes home best R&B Song Award for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)."

Photo of Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu, © Paul Natkin /used by permission

2004. Brave Combo wins Best Polka Album for the second time for Let’s Kiss: 25th Anniversary Album.

2004.  Norah Jones is phenomenally popular across genres. She picks up Grammys for Record of the Year and for Pop Collaboration with Vocals for her duet with Ray Charles, "Here We Go Again." She also caught the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Sunrise."

2004. This is the first Grammy year for Grupo Intocable—after winning scads of awards in Texas and Mexico. The group originated in Zapata from the dreams of Ricky Muñoz and René Martinez. Their success includes over seven million albums sold and sold-out tours, including the Astrodome record of 65,000 in 1998. Their music is a fusion of rock, pop, tropical and country. The Grammy is for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album for Intimamente, a live album. 

2004. "Top of the World" brings the Dixie Chicks another award as Best Country Duo or Group with Vocals.

2004. David Lee Garza, Sunny Sauceda and Joel Guzman, accordionists all, win the Best Tejano Album for Polkas, Gritas y Acordeones, a nostalgic album of classic conjunto dance music.

2004. Willie Nelson debuts "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth?" on Christmas Day at a fundraiser for presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. The song, written in response to the horrors of 9/11, is an antiwar ballad. Kucinich has spoken out against the war and in defense of family farmers.

Photo of Willie Nelson in 2005
Willie Nelson in 2005, © Paul Natkin /used by permission

2004. Steve Earle wins the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album with The Revolution Starts...Now. The album is overtly political—and angry, against the war and against the president."The Revolution is a way to think, a way to live. Being up front in that number takes a little ego, that’s for sure. But it takes learning too—life learning and book learning. Mostly, though, it takes heart," he says. Earle hosts an hourlong music show on Air America Radio.

2005. Los Lonely Boys win Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Heaven," which is also nominated for Record of the Year. They also win Best New Artist and Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Onda." The band even performs at the ceremony, and in September they perform at Farm Aid.