On Wednesday, Nov. 2, country music fans speculated whether or not Beyoncé was going to perform at The 50th annual CMA Awards. She was spotted in Nashville, where the ceremony was taking place, but for much of the afternoon sources kept a tight lip about her surprise appearance.
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Once Queen Bey joined forces with the Dixie Chicks at the Bridgestone Arena for a medley of her country-tinged tune, “Daddy Lessons,” and the trio’s 2002 smash, “Long Time Gone,” fan reactions were mixed.
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Beyoncé’s attendance became the center of controversy, despite all of the hard work and rehearsal time spent to make her secret debut go off without a hitch. The reason for the backlash was because fans questioned the logic behind having an R&B and pop artist at a country music awards show.
One fan wrote via Twitter, “Wait…Beyoncé AND The Dixie Chicks? People are literally going to combust in anger.”
Wait…Beyoncé AND The Dixie Chicks? People are literally going to combust in anger.
— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) November 2, 2016
Another fan wrote, “With all the hate @Beyoncé should just make a whole country album just to ruin the 2017/2018 Award season as she racks up #BeyonceCMA”
With all the hate @Beyoncé should just make a whole country album just to ruin the 2017/2018 Award season as she racks up #BeyonceCMA
— Mika (@thatssomika) November 3, 2016
After seeing some of the harsh comments made about Beyoncé, the outspoken lead singer of the girl band, Natalie Maines, didn’t waste any time standing up for her friend. She even went as far as taking shots at the Country Music Association who allegedly took down any mention of the star’s surprise from their Twitter and Facebook pages. Natalie wrote, “Hey everybody! The CMA’s just called and asked us to co-host next year’s show with Beyoncé. Unfortunately I’ve got a thing that night so, no.”
Following that note, she posted a line from a song off of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album. She wrote, “’You know you dat Bitch when you cause all this conversation. Always stay gracious best revenge is your paper.’ #Bey #Slay”
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Certainly, the performance was the talk of the evening just like when Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton teamed up at last year’s award show. For the past few years, the CMA’s have invited at least one pop artist to join the all-star lineup of performances, including in 2014 when Ariana Grande joined Little Big Town for a collaboration of “Bang Bang.”
Aside from Natalie, the rest of the Dixie Chicks left one last powerful message online to try and bring peace to the situation. They wrote, “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate.”