Outspoken DIXIE CHICKS star Natalie Maines' controversial comment about American President George W Bush has landed her an award.

The country beauty was shunned by a number of her American fans after she told a London concert audience in March (03) she was "ashamed" that Bush hailed from her home state of Texas.

But, although her comments are still a source of contention, Maines has now clinched the award for the BIG QUOTE OF 2003 at the VH1 BIG IN '03 award show, which took place in Los Angeles on Thursday (20NOV03).

Upon accepting her award, Maines said, "There's an old Texas expression. If you don't have anything nice to say, go to London and say it in front of 2,000 people."

VH1 Big In '03 also included appearances by Shania Twain, Kid Rock, Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

25/11/2003 21:13