When the news leaked that Beyonce would be performing on the 50th CMA Awards with the Dixie Chicks, a lot of country fans and even industry people voiced objections to it — some fans on my Facebook page and others said they wouldn’t watch the show! That’s right, they would choose to ignore a three-and-a-half-hour celebration of our music’s history and current artists because of a five-minute segment they didn’t approve of. Crazy, right?
After the awards, there were a lot of negative comments about the performance. I heard about, but didn’t see, some racial comments that have no place in ANY forum and certainly don’t represent country music fans as a whole (so if you’re one who is feeding into THAT stereotype, knock it off). What I did see were complaints about the fact that, yet again, producers at ABC thought a bunch of hillbillies could never pull the ratings they wanted unless they brought some pop stars on the show. If you check my page, you’ll see I’ve complained about the same thing — especially when the country artists are largely put in the background of those “collaborations,” which they were the other night.
That said, I was there in the auditorium and can tell you that every single person in the room was on their feet for that performance. It was fun. It was a good song — I’d dare say it was as country a song as any other that was performed that night. I never had a problem with Beyonce herself (or the Dixie Chicks, whose lead singer has continued to spew disgusting comments about country fans and radio stations even 15 years after “the incident” and wonders why we haven’t all “just let it go” by now) performing on the show.
Then, on top of the negativity about the performance (or the race of the performer — y’all knock that crap off), I hear that Bey’s fans think Kenny Chesney dissed their girl by not smiling enough or dancing during the set. Seriously? So, the following comes from a press release that came out today:
…to be told the following afternoon that there was a buzz about him dissing Beyonce, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year was astounded. With an interview with ABC completed, Chesney thought people who knew him at all would more than know if anything his serious expression was one of respect, a man knowing he was seeing a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
“I love Beyonce… I loved her Super Bowl performance, her sense of how to make the music hit really hard – and give it drama when she’s onstage,” Chesney responded. “The idea her fans were so quick to judge me, or know what I was thinking doesn’t feel like the woman I’ve always imagined Beyonce to be – and honestly, the people who love her music, either.
“As someone who believes in the message of Spread the Love, we try to find the best in people – and in this case, that meant really watching the musicianship on that stage, as well as a guest in our format who’d written an incredible song. I am amazed and saddened this is the response my respect for her art gets.”
“I believe music is great or not,” says Chesney. “It has nothing to do with genre, gender or color. Just did you bring it, and how great are your songs? To me, there’s no question about Beyonce – or my response to their performance.”
What the hell is going on???
If I had a choice, would I have wanted Beyonce to play the 50th CMA Awards? No, because that show was to celebrate the history of country music and that spot could have been used to spotlight a current artist or a legend, but not because Beyonce is black or the song wasn’t good. But she DID play and she did a great job, and y’all? That horn section was the BOMB.
Do me a favor: quit hating. Believe it or not, there is room for everyone in music and the walls are crumbling between any genres that have traditionally been established. You don’t have to like her performance or her music, but the hate is getting out of control in every aspect of public pop culture and it needs to quit. There’ is no room for hate in music! There’s no room for hate in LIFE. It’s too short.