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The historical aspect of last night’s CMA Awards show is quickly becoming overshadowed by the controversy ignited by the collaboration between the Dixie Chicks and R & B superstar Beyonce. The CMA Award winning-trio’s performance with Queen Bey has evoked a firestorm of responses on social media causing the Country Music Association to find itself in the middle of one of the biggest controversies to hit country music.
Initially, country music fans became outraged that the Country Music Association would allow a non-country artist to perform on the genre’s biggest night after being promised there would be no cross-genre performances, but the conversation quickly turned political and racial.
Early Thursday (Nov. 4), fans of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks began to notice that the women’s CMA performance was being removed from all Country Music Association pages including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and their homepage. Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines became aware of the controversy and took to her Twitter account to lash out at the CMA, saying, “Hey everybody! The CMA’s just called and asked us to co-host next year’s show with Beyonce. Unfortunately I’ve got a thing that night so, no.”
Fans of Beyonce, became irate and began to verbally attack the CMA for pulling the videos and photos. As things rapidly spiraled out of the CMA’s control, they appeared to attempt to restore favor with Dixie Chicks/Beyonce supporters by adding back some of the images. But, in a statement released to Billboard, the CMA denies accusations that it removed any content relating to the women.
“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page. 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.”
Beyonce has yet to comment on the controversy, but the Dixie Chicks posted a statement to Twitter saying, “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate.”