THE Dixie Chicks are reclaiming the spotlight in America after weathering
months of criticism - by performing at the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.
The country trio faced a vicious backlash after lead singer Natalie Maines
declared during a London performance that she and her bandmates were "ashamed"
American President George W Bush hailed from their home state Texas.
But now, after a string of sold-out concerts, the singers are scheduled to
perform via satellite from Austin, Texas, for the Tennessee-based awards
ceremony on Wednesday (21MAY03).
Also performing on the show, which is hosted by Reba McEntire, are BROOKS
+ DUNN, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson and SHANIA