Well Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks Were Fucking Great at the CMAs

Hey, did you watch the 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards last night? I didn’t either! But I did watch Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ performance of “Daddy Lessons” and hot damn! It’s so fucking amazing. Let’s take a moment to appreciate it.

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First off, Beyoncé appears in a killer, shimmering dress with puffy-ass sleeves and wearing lots of pearls and looking hotter than everyone in Nashville. Then country music rebels Natalie, Martie and Emily are right there alongside her making a huge comeback on stage and looking great doing it. Y’all, watching badass women from Texas saying TEXAS on stage made my heart flutter.

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Omg then the band! There was a whole band of horns and strings playing the every living fuck out of “Daddy Lessons.”

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It was super refreshing to see the majority of the people on stage were black folks, which I don’t think has ever been done on the Country Music Awards stage. Black people had a major hand at creating and shaping country music even though many country music fans don’t know that history and took to social media to spew some hateful, racist commentary on the performance. Some country music fans criticized the CMAs for promoting Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks, who they view as anti-police and unpatriotic.

I think my favorite part of the video was looking at the country music artists’ faces in the audience during their performance, which was a mix of wow, is this happening and I guess I’m enjoying this. Matthew McConaughey was clearly super into it and Kenny Chesney was disinterested at best.

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Beyoncé and the Dixie Chick’s performance was a rousing good time and definitely felt like a Moment in Country Music History, a testament that country music isn’t as clearly defined as we thought it was and is showcased through the various genres melded together in “Daddy Lessons.” Also who doesn’t love unapologetic, badass women coming together and dominating a stage? If country music keeps this up, hell, I’ll probably tune to watch the CMAs in next year.

Yvonne S. Marquez is a lesbian journalist and Autostraddle senior editor living in Dallas, TX. She writes about social justice, politics, activism and other things dear to her heart like Selena and tacos. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and has since written and edited lots of gay stuff for the internet. Yvonne calls the borderlands home, strongly identifies with her Scorpio moon sign, and really hopes to crush the patriarchy soon. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter.

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14 Comments

    • WHAAAAAT!?!?!?

      That’s just….. There are no words. Wow.

      The article was updated because it seems that the CMAs have at least posted the performance itself on their YouTube, but still… The fact that they had the audacity to even *try* and pull this move at all. Damn.

      There is a small subversive part of me that kinda loves the “protest movement” of it all, because the entire timeline of events show that despite their best efforts Bey and DC are still out there being fab and drawing attention and rebelling and being racist country fans’ worst nightmare.

      Which, f*ck yes.

      But also, I hate that this even had to get this far. You know? That close-minded folks and bigots have such a stronghold.

      Anyway, that article is great, btw. Thanks @pecola!

  1. She doesn’t have talented and only cares about her image. I feel bad for feminists like you who are naive enough to actually think beyonce gives a damn about WOC and LGBTQ. She doesn’t.

  2. I’ve watched this like over ten times tonight. So good and unexpected. Bey keeps completely changing the game every time.

    I really liked this quote from Spencer Kornhaber’s article in the Atlantic :

    “Perhaps Beyoncé came to the Country Music Awards to put up a fight: a fight for the song’s legitimacy as country, for the black lineage of a genre typically thought of as white, and/or for some play on rural airwaves. But watching her joyous, wide-screen hoedown with the Dixie Chicks—followed by the release of a great new collaborative version of “Daddy’s Lesson”—it seemed more like she was on a mission of togetherness and friend-making, which is not an insignificant thing in this current moment.”

    With that Shania article on here a couple weeks ago that I still think about, and now Faith Hill getting INTO a Beyonce performance… it’s like all my interests are coming full circle. Natalie Maines’s haircut….

  3. Kenny Chesney looks like the personification of the country music industry worrying its female fans might get the idea that women in country music should do more than “slide on over the front seat of my truck” and “wear those painted-on jeans”

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