UPDATE: The CMAs clear up why Bey's performance (and all social media posts about it) were quickly removed yesterday: she asked them to.

Sarah Trahern--spokesperson for the Country Music Association--told the NY Times that Team Bey had not approved the video/photos they'd posted about the performance, and, out of respect for her, they took them down:

Beyoncé's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels.

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UPDATE: @CountryMusic have deleted all traces of Bey's performance with the Dixie Chicks at the Country Music Awards last night, from all its social media accounts, with some sources citing pressure from the racist backlash resulting from it (and confusion over Kenny Chesney's stone-faced reaction to Bey's exhilarating performance.

Some notable folks called out the sudden absence:

...while other users made sure to highlight just how big of a boost Bey's mere five minute presence gave the awards...

...and others pointed out other truths amidst the backwoods bigotry on Twitter...

Hm.

UPDATE: Bey blessed us with a studio cut of the Dixie Chicks version of "Daddy Lessons" on Soundcloud for your hootin' and hollerin' pleasure.



Try not to weep: Queen Beyoncé --as previously reported--surprised-manifested before the audience of the Country Music Awards in Nashville, TN last night, joining country pop icons the Dixie Chicks, for a rendition of her glorious twangy "Daddy Lessons" from Lemonade.

Despite some completely unfounded and unnecessary opposition to Bey's presence at country music's biggest night, she was a perfect addition, and, not surprisingly, made it her own. A true remedy to the horror dimension we've been locked in, even if fleeting.

The only thing that would've made this better if Dolly Parton appeared...and Reba.

Reba.

Well, she was there...later...she, Carrie Underwood, Kasey Musgraves and more paid tribute to Ms. Parton, for her game-changing contribution to music--introduced by Dolly's 9-5 costar, Lily Tomlin, thank fucking god.

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