Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines Responds to Backlash Over CMA Awards Performance With Beyonce

Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks
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Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks performs at the 50th annual Country Music Awards on Nov. 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines is responding to the online controversy surrounding the band's performance with Beyonce at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night. 

While the collaboration was by far one of the award show's most talked about moments, it stirred a backlash on social media due to the Dixie Chicks' past criticisms of Republican politics and Beyonce's participation in the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The singer and guitarist made jokes on Twitter saying that her band and Beyonce had been invited back to co-host the show next year, but she had to decline. She then went on to say she had "used" the CMA Awards to fulfill her dream of singing with Beyonce. 

More drama around the performance arose when it was noted that the performance and any mention of it was missing from the show's website and many accused the organization of folding under the pressure of the backlash. A rep has since issued a statement stating that this was due to Beyonce's licensing agreement.