Dixie Chicks respond to right-wing backlash over Beyoncé CMA Awards performance

Two acts performed 'Daddy Lessons' at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Wednesday night (November 2)

Dixie Chicks have responded to criticism over their recent CMA Awards performance with Beyoncé.

The two acts teamed up at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville on Wednesday night (November 2), performing the pop singer’s country-tinged ‘Lemonade’ track ‘Daddy Lessons’. Dixie Chicks had previously covered the song live.

The performance received a negative reaction from many conservative viewers, while country singer and fellow performer on the night Alan Jackson is reported to have walked out because of it.


Stating that the performance completed “one of the greatest weeks of my life”, Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines said that she had “used” the awards ceremony simply to perform with Beyoncé, dismissing the backlash by joking that she had been asked to co-host the event with Beyoncé next year but “got a thing that night so, no”. See her tweets in full below.

Watch Dixie Chicks’ full performance with Beyoncé below. A studio version of the collaboration has also been released.

The CMAs were accused of deleting all mentions of the performance from their website, however they later denied this. “CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards,” the organisers said in a statement. “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.”



Beyoncé was criticised by conservatives earlier this year over her ‘Formation’ music video and Super Bowl performance, specifically attracting accusations that she had an “anti-police” message.

The singer’s ‘Formation’ video was released in February and included a scene where police appear in riot gear with their hands up while a boy dances in front of them in a hoodie. The clip references the Black Lives Matter movement’s “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that followed the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Following calls from police unions to boycott the singer’s music and a failed anti-Beyoncé protest in New York, the star told Elle Magazine: “I’m an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood,” Beyoncé is quoted as saying. “But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.”

“But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice,” the singer added. “Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”

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