Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ “Daddy Lessons” CMA performance was obviously perfection

Sometimes after sitting through two whole hours of country music, everything starts to sound kind of the same, but Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ CMA Awards “Daddy Lessons” performance was absolute perfection and brought a new feel to the award show. Really, though, how could it not be? There was a little controversy leading up to Bey’s appearance at the CMAs, mainly because Beyoncé doesn’t seem “country enough,” which is a not so subtle code for “not white enough,” of course.

Obviously, these people didn’t listen to “Formation” or Lemonade, and know nothing about music. BUT let’s not be grumpy about that, because Bey’s performance, along with the Dixie Chicks, who have been performing “Daddy Lessons” on their first tour in 10 years, brought it all together. There’s a studio version of the collaboration on Soundcloud now, too.


Beyoncé took control of most of the vocals, though Natalie Maines hopped in now and again. With a huge band behind them, they even slipped into the Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” to show it wasn’t all about Beyoncé trying to “steal” the show or self promote, but just have a really good time playing music. And that’s what award shows like this are supposed to be about, right?

The Dixie Chicks are also a little polarizing in the country world for having taken a stance against President George W. Bush when he was in office. Leading up to the insane election on Tuesday and all the other partisan, racist BS we have to put up with in this world, it’s hard to not see a bunch of outspoken women (“country” or not) slaying “Daddy Lessons” together on the CMA stage as a political act. Because you know there’s someone out there who talked a lot of shit about the performance and can’t get “Daddy Lessons” out of their head today. You just know it.