On Wednesday, Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks took the stage at the Country Music Awards and dazzled with their rendition of "Daddy Lessons." This was notable not just for the great performance, but because the run-up to Beyonce's appearance had been full of backlash from country music purists and racists alike.
Unfortunately, the controversy did not end after the show. The next day, the CMA website and social media featured, curiously, zero evidence of Beyoncé's part in the show.
CMA erased all evidence of Beyonce performing at the awards last after her appearance sparked racist backlash from some country fans. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LOngo91jjL— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 3, 2016
The Beyhive's fury centered largely on one deleted tweet:
But Sarah Trahern, chief exec of the Country Music Association, said simply: "Beyoncé's team hadn't approved that [Tweet], so we pulled it down. Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it."
Other sites, like Hollywood Gossip, certainly read "other things" into the strange circumstances. They pointed to the CMA YouTube page, completely devoid of Bey or the Dixie Chicks.
As to that, Trahern told the New York Times that Beyoncé's team "had only approved one official live video of the song and that the CMAs "stand by" their decision to include the Lemonade singer in the festivities.
For their part, so do the Dixie Chicks.
If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate. https://t.co/PWJcDeNmuR— Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) November 3, 2016