The TV slowly faded in as the sounds of jazz music and clapping filled the air. Beyoncé, wearing a gorgeous white sequenced outfit, looked fun loving and energetic as the intro for her song, “Daddy Lessons,” played around her with the Dixie Chicks at her side. The song filled the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, adding a pop sensation to country’s biggest night.
To put it simply, Beyoncé killed it as always. Compared to her past performances of songs off her newest album, “Lemonade,” this performance was much more toned down in theatrics and choreography. However, what the Queen B lacked in flare was made up in sheer joyful country noise.
The Dixie Chicks, who have performed “Daddy’s Lessons” in the past, were an amazing compliment to the vivacity that is Beyoncé. While many country fans were probably confused when Beyoncé was announced to perform, her country-inspired tune put all speculation aside that she can do any genre.
Many took their excitement to social media, with the Grand Ole Opry tweeting, “IS THIS REAL LIFE?! @Beyonce @dixiechicks” and iHeartRadio tweeted “UNREAL! Queen Bey is in the building!”
There were many other big moments throughout the night, like Carrie Underwood changing every couple of minutes into some famous looks from past Country Music Award shows, or Dolly Parton being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Overall, the 50th anniversary of the CMAs was successful for country and non-country fans alike. Favorites like Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert belted it out, and new talent like Kelsey Ballerini and Maren Morris (winner of the New Artist of the Year award) got their moment in the spotlight. At the end of the show, country alum Taylor Swift even presented the biggest award of the night: Entertainer of the Year.
The show was funny — making several political jokes with the election coming up — and had the caliber of music that the audience should come to expect from this awards show. The 50th CMAs really brought alive the soul of country music.