Where did Beyoncé go?
That was question on a lot of people's minds when they went to the Country Music Association's website today for a recap of the CMA Awards last night. For those who managed to catch the show, you know that Queen B made a surprise appearance alongside Dixie Chicks for Bey's track, "Daddy Lessons," and it was one of the highlights of the night.
But when fans took to the website earlier today, all photographic evidence of Bey at the award show was taken down. So, what gives?
A statement from CMA to E! News explains: "CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé's performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a 5-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."
CMA World allegedly posted something about Bey and Dixie Chicks on their website following the show, and it reportedly generated a lot of racist and hateful comments before disappearing. Unfortunately, that same negativity traveled to their Instagram account, when the CMAs posted a collage of the night's highlights with the superstar singer and country trio included.
The Beyhive was quick to fire back, leaving numerous comments with bee and lemon emojis to defend their Queen B. Meanwhile, the Dixie Chicks took to Twitter to speak their peace and also promote Bey's "Daddy Lessons" music video.
If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate. https://t.co/PWJcDeNmuR— Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) November 3, 2016
Beyoncé hasn't addressed the controversy.
The anticipation for Bey's performance was so huge, there were even Snapchat filters ready for use prior to her taking the stage. One filter gave a video-recording vibe with the words "Bey Watch" and an icon of the singer performing in the middle.
Another filter had a silver banner that read, "Beyoncé is close..."
Once the ladies hit the stage, there was no denying their electric performance. Stars were on their feet moving to the beat, Matthew McConaughey brought out the Wolf of Wall Street dance, Faith Hill sang along, and everyone had a great time.