UPDATE: A rep for the Country Music Association sent the following statement to Billboard: “CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. Beyoncé’s performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels.”
One of the most talked-about moments from Wednesday night’s three-hour-plus CMA Awards was Beyonce and Dixie Chicks‘ show-stopping rendition of the singer’s Lemonade standout “Daddy Lessons” — and there is no mention of the performance anywhere on the show’s website.
Despite going head-to-head in the ratings against Game 7 of the World Series, 12.8 million viewers tuned in to ABC for the 50th installment of the CMA Awards, a solid viewership haul that fell shy of a million from last year’s telecast. However, nearly 24 hours later, a quick search for “Beyonce” and “The Dixie Chicks” on the show’s official website CMAWorld.com and the Twitter account @CountryMusic yields zero results mentioning either artist or their joint performance.
When the impromptu announcement that Beyonce would be performing at the CMAs popped up on news feeds hours before the broadcast, a wave of #BoycottCMA tweets flew across social media. Critics slammed the awards show for recruiting the legendary trio — who were vocal about their thoughts on former President George W. Bush and Ted Cruz, both noted Republicans — and Beyonce, who paid homage to the Black Panther Party with her politically charged performance of “Formation” at the Super Bowl.
Billboard has reached out to reps for the CMA and Beyonce for comment. This was tweeted from the Dixie Chicks’ account late Thursday (Nov. 3):
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