Like it or not, most of the chatter about the 2016 CMAs was not all about Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. No, this year's show was all about Beyoncé.
Bey delighted audiences at home and in the concert hall with a powerful performance of her song "Daddy Lessons" with the Dixie Chicks. It was far from her usual flashy awards song and dance, but Beyoncé still showcased her innate talent — and proved that she can rock any stage, be it the CMAs or the VMAs.
We might even go so far as to say that Beyoncé was actually one of the most countrified performers at the show. Her understated performance hearkened back to the days of classic country music and was far from the watered-down country-pop that dominates airwaves nowadays.
But would we expect anything less from her? There's honestly nothing she can't do, so it's only natural she would rock the CMAs too.
Obviously, not everyone was jazzed to see a mainstream pop artist take on the CMAs.
@taelynnichole Beyonce should not be singing. No no no.— Tony Godfrey (@tkgodfrey99) November 3, 2016
#CMAawards50 Can you say sell out. . . Dixie Chicks and Beyoncé! Sad!— Melody Atkinson (@melody2298) November 3, 2016
I'm sorry but Beyoncé does not belong at CMA 50 or CMA ever— Iris Wormington (@irisjanie) November 3, 2016
But Queen Bey supporters outweighed haters by far.
DIXIE CHICKS AND BEYONCE TOGETHER ON STAGE I AM CURRENTLY DECEASED #CMAawards50— Reed (@battles_reed) November 3, 2016
Give Beyoncé the warm welcome to country music she deserves l Kenny! #CMAawards50— Heather Lynn Weaver (@HeatherWeaverDC) November 3, 2016
Beyoncé got a standing ovation at the country music awards— Donte (@da1don) November 3, 2016
And if you blinked, you might have missed it, but nobody was digging Beyoncé's performance more than a delighted Matthew McConaughey, who used his own chest as bongos.
As amazing as the Beyoncé/Dixie Chicks onstage collaboration was, the anticipatory tweets leading up to when the ladies took the stage were almost as entertaining as the actual performance. Almost.
Watch the full performance below in all its country glory.
Or if you're sick of hitting replay on the video over and over, Bey released the studio version of the song on Soundcloud late Sunday night, and you can download it:
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