Whether so-called die-hard country fans may have liked it or not, Beyoncé graced the stage during last night's CMAs, delivering an incredible performance of her country crossover hit, "Daddy Lessons," alongside the Dixie Chicks (November 2).
Prior to Bey taking center stage, the Country Music Awards heavily promoted the impressive feat that they were able to secure a highly coveted Beyoncé performance, both throughout the program and with a special Snapchat filter featuring the words "Bey Watch."
However, backlash from fans apparently resulted in the CMAs questioning their decision to involve the singer, with many expressing their outrage on social media with racist commentary.
As reported, the CMAs completely removed any trace of Beyoncé from their website and social media channels, likely due to pressure from their outspoken audience ruthlessly sounding off in the comments section.
After fans began to notice the shocking absence of Beyoncé from the official CMA pages on Facebook, the association decided to subtly share the Dixie Chick's post of the performance.
Take a look at this in-depth look at exactly how and where the CMAs chose to attempt to erase Bey from their digital presence here, and see several tweets commenting on the situation below.
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 CMAs deleted the tweet about Beyoncé. What's going on. pic.twitter.com/PKgRElkqX3— BEYONCÉ (@beyupdates_) November 3, 2016
if you weren't aware the CMAs have apparently deleted any trace of beyonce performing, looks like they used her solely for ratings/PR— Lori Kay (@kaylorikay) November 3, 2016
Wait, the CMAs deleted all things Beyonce? Wow, that's speaks volumes.— michaela (@free2moveon) November 3, 2016
Meanwhile, Queen Bey decided to generously share her creative endeavors with her fans once again, today releasing yet another standalone video from her visual album, Lemonade.
The visual clip for "Daddy Lessons" is now available exclusively on Tidal, and joins "Sorry" and "Hold Up" as single videos released from Lemonade that members of the #BeyHive can happily watch on repeat.
Perhaps following her involvement with the CMA's, Beyoncé will be inspired to fully make the leap into country music for her next project. While one can never truly know what Bey is up to next, we trust that if she were to explore country music again in any capacity, she'd do the genre justice, despite the possibility of being met with ignorant blacklash like we saw following her CMA performance.
For those who can't get enough of Beyoncé's first foray into country, take a look at the visuals for "Daddy Lessons" in the clip below.
(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)