The CMA Responds to Beyoncé, Dixie Chicks 'Daddy Lessons' Performance Backlash
Social media users shared their excitement and glee over the Lemonade singer’s collaboration with the country trio, however many also took offense to both artists, with some noting their opposition against Beyoncé’s recent activism for police reform and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a 5-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page,” the Country Music Association said in a statement to PEOPLE.
“The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. 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,” the statement concluded.
Sarah Trahern, chief executive of the CMA, also clarified to the New York Times that the promotional clip of Beyoncé was removed on Wednesday before the performance “at the request of the singer,” explaining that, “Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that, so we pulled it down. Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it.”
After her performance aired, Beyoncé, 35, uploaded exclusive BTS photos on her personal website Beyonce.com in addition to releasing a Dixie Chicks collaboration of “Daddy Lessons” on Soundcloud.
While Beyoncé has yet to comment on the controversy, the Dixie Chicks tweeted on Thursday, “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate.”
(So the CMA has decided to give a platform to a rabid anti-police propogandist whose performance at the Super Bowl was among the first steps in driving down their popularity among working class Americans. Country Music and football have much the same fan bases and having Beyonce perform is a spit in the eye to them. Of course they are being politically correct and think this will expand their business. What it did was start off a storm of controversy with their base. You can ignore and piss off your customers if you want. But then you will have to pay the piper.)