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Beyonce gives surprise CMAs performance

Pop superstar Beyonce helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Awards with a secret performance of her song “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks.

Beyonce hit the stage unintroduced when the show was about two-thirds over Wednesday, wearing multiple strands of pearls and a sheer, champagne-colored dress. The performance got a standing ovation.

“Daddy Lessons,” from her recent album “Lemonade,” is as close to a country song that Beyonce’s ever released. The Dixie Chicks have been covering the song on tour.

Rumors that Beyonce would attend the show started only a few hours before it started. Then, right after a commercial and without any introduction, Beyonce appeared at the top of the third hour.

Not everyone was prepared to welcome Beyonce with open arms. “Let me have my country music in peace” wrote one critic on Twitter. Another suggested that whoever had invited her should be fired.

But many others sounded thrilled, including country singers Brad Paisley (who tweeted “Welcome”) and Cassadee Pope (who said, “I’m gunna explode.”).

Jennifer Nettles was just happy to hear the song: “Everybody loves the harmonies, loves the music. Don’t get it twisted. It’s about the music. If you make it about it about something else, you’re wrong,” she said after the show.

Beyonce has been criticized by some for her half-time show at the Super Bowl that referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, as well as her video for “Formation” that includes images of a hooded black child facing police and graffiti scrawled on a wall that reads “Stop Shooting Us.”

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