Beyoncé performed with the Dixie Chicks at the CMAs, gave shoutout to Texas

Beyoncé’s Texas roots showed up in full force at the Country Music Awards last night.

Beyoncé took over the CMA stage with the Dixie Chicks to sing “Daddy Lessons” — a country-tinged song from Bey’s latest album “Lemonade” — which any self-respecting Beyhiver could have predicted. As soon as Bey’s appearance was confirmed, there could only be one song. The Dixie Chicks have also covered the song on their tour, so the collaboration was hardly a surprise.

Beyonce (2nd R) performs onstage with Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire of Dixie Chicks at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Bey and the Dixie Chicks all lay claim to the Lone Star State, so the beginning of their performance felt even more appropriate as each woman declared “Texas” into their respective microphones, the first words of “Daddy Lessons.” Backed by brass and violins, the blend of Beyonce’s powerful vocals and the Dixie Chicks’ enthusiastic twang came together to make a beautiful performance, worthy of a 50th anniversary awards show.

The team also wove in a 40-second bit of the Chicks’ 2002 Grammy-winning hit “Long Time Gone,” a possible nod to their absence from country music in the past years. Beyond the quick homage to past glory days, the Dixie Chicks kept their set light and without commentary on their status in the country music scene.

Beyoncé fans who ordinarily wouldn’t have watched the CMAs did so for Queen B:

Others saw Bey’s appearance as unnecessary:

The Dixie Chicks offered a studio version of their collaboration with Beyoncé on Soundcloud to stream and to download for free.

While the possibility of this collaboration probably wasn’t on too many people’s radars before, it undoubtedly stole the show at the CMAs.

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