NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Beyoncé tapped into her Southern roots at the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night.
The Texas native performed “Daddy Lessons” off her album “Lemonade” and was joined on stage by the Dixie Chicks. The country trio covered the song while on tour — and like Beyoncé — they’ve been the target of conservative critics for infusing politics into performances on occasion.
— Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) November 3, 2016
Beyoncé isn’t the first pop star to take the CMA stage. Last year, Memphis born Justin Timberlake performed with Southern rock and country star Chris Stapleton.
Rumblings of a possible Beyoncé appearance at the show began early Wednesday after she was spotted around Nashville. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves were among the other stars to perform.
— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) November 3, 2016
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosted the evening for the ninth consecutive year as the CMA Awards marked its fifth decade.
As for the night’s winners, take a glance at the complete list below:
Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Musician of the Year: Dann Huff
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Pinnacle Award: Kenny Chesney
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osbourne
Album of the Year: Eric Church — “Mr. Misunderstood”
New Artist of the Year: Maren Morris
Song of the Year: Lori McKenna — “Humble and Kind”
Single of the Year: Thomas Rhett — “Die a Happy Man”
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolly Parton
Music Video of the Year: Chris Stapleton and Tim Mattia — “Fire Away”
Musical Event of the Year: Dierks Bentley and Elle King — “Different for Girls”