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Op-ed: Fans’ Reactions to Beyonce during a 2016 CMA Awards Speak to Big Problem in Country Music

Beyonce Dixie Chicks 2016 CMA Awards
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Only a few hours before Wednesday night’s (Nov. 2) 2016 CMA Awards broadcast, outlets began confirming a large rumor: Megastar Beyonce would be performing during a 50th anniversary awards ceremony. Almost immediately, fans’ reactions were heated — and, for a many part, negatively so.

Never mind that one of a ceremony’s co-hosts tweeted a comfortable welcome. Never mind that one of a night’s large winners called her a “classy, grand lady” and voiced thankfulness during her wanting to be a partial of a show’s 50th anniversary. Never mind that she and a Dixie Chicks, utterly frankly, slayed their performance. Country strain fans — during slightest a outspoken cadre of them on amicable media — did not wish Queen Bey anywhere nearby their dear CMA Awards. And that’s a problem. Because it exemplifies a unequivocally big, unequivocally genuine emanate that a nation strain genre, somehow, still has with race, and with those who competence not determine with a stereotypically all-American set of values.

It would be easy to boot fans’ cheer as a response to a fact that a CMAs couldn’t go even one year — specifically, their golden anniversary — though relying on a non-country star to captivate in viewers, as a defence to “keep it country” at Country Music’s Biggest Night. Unfortunately, that would be naive; if usually that were a base of a drama. Because a Bey snub goes behind most farther.

“Country strain fans — during slightest a outspoken cadre of them on amicable media — did not wish Queen Bey anywhere nearby their dear CMA Awards. And that’s a problem.”

In late April, when Beyonce expelled her Lemonade album, a series of nation outlets (The Boot included) lonesome a strain “Daddy Lessons,” which opens with jazzy horns, a “yee-haw!” and calls of “Texas … Texas.” There are no banjos or traditionally nation instruments on “Daddy Lessons,” though it draws from Americana styles, and a informed tune wouldn’t sound out of place on nation radio today; in fact, a lyrics sound like something we competence hear Brandy ClarkKacey Musgraves or Miranda Lambert singing, and a summary of womanlike empowerment is right in a wheelhouses of those artists and many others … including a Dixie Chicks, who began covering “Daddy Lessons” on their DCX MMXVI World Tour. (It’s value observant that a Chicks have a difficult story with their home genre, one that needn’t be rehashed here, again, though that done them easy targets for a vitriol flung from all corners of a amicable media universe when they and Beyonce seemed on a CMA Awards theatre during a live broadcast’s latter half.)

But when those outlets picked adult a “Daddy Lessons” story, a infancy greeting was, some-more or less, “Beyonce’s not country!,” a informed evidence to anyone who’s review a @replies, Facebook messages or comments territory of any nation strain publication. The problem is, a “not country” cry is ambiguous and open-ended during best — generally with how most a genre has and continues to develop — and diligent with us-versus-them undertones during worst.

Justin Timberlake “isn’t country,” though he, like Beyonce, grew adult in a South (he’s from Memphis, she’s from Houston); he, like she, comes from a stereotypically “country” location, and he, like she, has been shabby by sterotypically Southern genres of music. And yet, when it was announced that Timberlake would perform with Chris Stapleton during a 2015 CMA Awards, a pushback was nowhere nearby as intense, nor was it as filled with personal attacks, as it was when Beyonce’s coming was revealed; in fact, that Timberlake / Stapleton partnership is now lauded as one of a best performances, and biggest moments, in new (and overall) CMA Awards history.

“The “not country” cry is obscure and open-ended during best — generally with how most a genre has and continues to develop — and diligent with us-versus-them undertones during worst.”

It’s those personal attacks that are a emanate with nation fans’ reactions to Beyonce’s performance: “Boycott a CMA Awards given they are carrying Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers believer Beyonce perform,” reads this tweet. “Beyonce HATES white people,” reads another. And there are copiousness some-more like them. As we’ve seen this choosing deteriorate (and as Beyonce’s CMA Awards partners-in-crime know all too well), nation fans wish their favorite artists to “shut adult and sing” … if their values don’t align with fans’ own.

That’s a problem — a large one. And it’s not going divided only by saying, “Beyonce’s not nation … she’s an RB / cocktail act!” Because Conway Twitty first warranted success in a cocktail world.

It’s not going divided only by saying “Beyonce’s not nation … since she’s never had a strike on a nation charts!” Because during a commencement of their careers, everyone’s in that same boat.

It’s certainly not going divided only by observant “Country fans aren’t extremist … We’ve got Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton and Charley Pride!” Because — well, do we even unequivocally need to residence what’s wrong with that statement?

Racism (and sexism and homophobia and …) isn’t “just a nation strain problem.” But that doesn’t meant nation fans should spin a blind eye. Change always has to start somewhere. And maybe that somewhere, during slightest in nation music, should be during a CMA Awards.

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