Beyoncé performs her song “Daddy Lessons” onstage with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 CMA Awards held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
Perhaps predictably, there was no small amount of backlash that came with this appearance, fueled largely by the perception that Beyonce is anti-police or hates white people. But we’ve gotta hand it to the lady. This is a phenomenally smart thing for her to do, both as an artist and as a public figure. In 2016, it’s no small thing to see a bunch of black people jamming onstage at the Country Music Association Awards. Without getting too into the weeds of current racial politics, it’s powerful to see two groups of artists representing two sides of the American psyche performing together. In harmony. It’s kind of a big deal, really.
As for the dress… well. It’s Bey. It’s not chic and it’s not new, but it’s Bey. And for this one night, that was probably the right choice. There would have been eyerolls aplenty had she tried to cowgirl it up or something. The most powerful thing she could’ve done was just show up as herself, with no excuses or equivocation. Done and done.
This will almost certainly disappear within hours, but here’s the performance:
J’Aton Couture Sheer Long-Sleeve Beaded Gown
[Photo Credit: ABC/Image Group LA – Video Credit: DailyMotion]