The Country Music Association released a statement denying reports claiming the organization deleted all mentions of Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ CMA Awards performance of “Daddy Lessons” from their social accounts and website.
“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards,” the statement reads. “In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. Beyoncé’s performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels.”
Sarah Trahern, chief executive of the CMA, also clarified to the New York Times that the promo clip of Beyoncé was removed on Wednesday before the performance “at the request of the singer,” explaining that, “Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that, so we pulled it down. Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it.”
While some of that may be true — we’re also not buying it. It wasn’t until the BeyHive started blowing up CMAs spot that they started re-posting Beyoncé-related content.