Beyonce dominated the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards only a couple of months ago. But on Wednesday night, November 2, she took the stage at the 2016 CMA Awards with the Dixie Chicks to declare, once and for all, that Queen Bey can slay any genre of music. Perhaps there’s a heavy metal convention she can crash next, or she could perform an impromptu aria at the Metropolitan Opera. Watch her performance below.
Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks performed Beyonce’s country-influenced song “Daddy Lessons” from her album “Lemonade,” which has been a critical and cultural sensation in 2016 ever since it premiered last spring as a visual album on HBO. But the inclusion of the Dixie Chicks in the performance was at least as significant as Beyonce’s visit to the country music awards.
The Dixie Chicks have won 10 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 2000; that was the last time that the award went to a group, and besides Taylor Swift, who won in 2009 and 2011, they’re the only female act to win the top prize in the 21st century. But the Dixie Chicks faced controversy in conservative country music circles in the mid-2000s for publicly criticizing then-president George W. Bush. They swept the Grammys for a defiant comeback album, “Taking the Long Way” (2006), but they haven’t released another new studio album since then and they haven’t been nominated for a CMA Award since 2007.
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