Here’s the latest: The Country Music Association released a statement refuting reports that they deleted all mentions of Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ CMA Awards performance of “Daddy Lessons” from their social accounts and website.
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.
Here’s the backstory: 24 hours after airing its annual show, the Country Music Awards are coming under fire. The organization is being accused of attempting to erase any mention of Beyonce from its show. Last night, Beyoncé performed her single “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks.
However, when one looks on CMA’s social media, there’s no mention of it. As of Thursday afternoon, their Facebook and Twitter had no trace of Beyonce. What’s more? Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks were also not listed on the CMA’s official performer list.
The Dixie Chicks were also omitted. (FYI: The Dixie Chicks were said to be shunned by the country world because of their comments against then-President George W. Bush and feud with country star Toby Keith years ago.) The Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines hinted that she was even surprised that they performed at the CMAs again.
CMA has yet to comment on the situation.