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Beyoncé Performance at the CMA Awards, Big Deal?

Beyoncé Performance at the CMA Awards, Big Deal?

Last night half of the country music community was excited, and the other was in an uproar that Beyonce was performing at the 2016 CMA Awards. If you love music, a real artist can weed their way through a variety of genres flawlessly. Well Beyonce did a great job performing with the Dixie Chicks.

If you think back, Hootie and the Blowfish, frontman Darius Rucker was not well received when he crossed over to country. Yet later he became very successful. Country music singers are typically white, but history shows us that we've had plenty of African-Americans swimming in the waters of country music.

"DeFord Bailey was a pioneer not only for black country musicians but all country musicians. A world-class harmonica player, Bailey has the distinct honor of being the first musician to be introduced on the Grand Ole Opry."

"One of our living legends of country music, Charley Pride embodies everything there is to love about the country. With talent matched only by his resiliency and character, Pride rose to fame at the height of racial tension in America and eventually earned 39 No. 1 singles, selling over 70 million albums. The only artist to outsell Pride on his label was Elvis Presley."

"American icon Tina Turner’s stint in country music was huge both for her and for future generations of artists. "

We can't talk about the country and not speak about Ray Charles. "Ray Charles is the rare artist whose music completely eclipses genre boundaries. And while, like Tina Turner, he’s not known traditionally as a country artist, Charles stepped into the country spotlight several times and left a lasting impact."

In recent years, Fantasia Barrino released her first country track, 'Ulgy' shocking the music world. Then there is the ever-so-talented, Mickey Guyton who's debut single, "Better Than You Left Me" wowed the country music community at the legendary Grand Ole Opry radio show in 2015.

This goes to show that singing country is not unique to one race, and so Beyonce performing 'Daddy Lesson' with the Dixie Chicks is not shocking. The performance was superb and we loved every second of it.

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Source: Wide Open Country

Photo Credit: Beyonce's Facebook Page

 





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