Beyoncé takes the CMA Awards stage for the first time ever

Beyoncé has shown, time and time again, that when it comes to music there’s nothing she can’t do. On Wednesday night, she tackled another music genre’s award show, taking the stage with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.

She delivered a flawless performance of Daddy Lessons from her latest album Lemonade.

Beyoncé remixed the song, allowing the ladies of the Dixie Chicks to sing a few verses before going into part of their song Long Time Gone.

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The Dixie Chicks have actually been covering Daddy Lessons during their recent tour.

Beyoncé’s Formation tour ended on Oct. 7, which has allowed her extra time to do things like pull off deeply elaborate family Halloween costumes and surprise the CMA Awards audience with a controversial performance that had many people talking on social media.

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Some country-music fans tweeted strong negative reactions, while others were more positive:

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Many people online compared Beyoncé’s performance to her country-music duet with Sugarland at the 2007 American Music Awards.

Justin Timberlake actually beat Beyoncé at her own game: he performed with country star Chris Stapleton at the CMAs last year.

Though Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ performance was the act of the night, it wasn’t the only notable moment of the 2016 CMAs.

Country singer Randy Travis, who suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013, was joined by fellow country musicians Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and a number of other stars to sing his signature hit Forever and Ever Amen. Travis took the mic and sang the song’s final line, which was met with thunderous applause.

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The moment did not go unnoticed on Twitter:

Dolly Parton was awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, designed to mark an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music.

Actress Lily Tomlin gave a heartfelt introduction to the tribute, which started out with a modern version of Parton’s Jolene delivered by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix.

Reba McEntire took the stage to sing 9 to 5, but missed her cue for the first verse and laughingly apologized. The CMAs performer quickly recovered, saying that catching sight of the legendary Parton in the audience was the reason for her slip.

Kacey Musgraves sang Here You Come Again and Underwood followed with Martina McBride to provide another tribute, singing I Will Always Love You. Nettles and Musgraves joined Underwood and McBride to finish out the song.

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Taylor Swift returned to her roots to hand off the biggest award and speak on the triumphs throughout her career. “It’s been almost 13 years since I came to Nashville with a dream of being a songwriter and being a recording artist,” Swift announced.

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She continued to explain why she was so honoured to present entertainers of the year. Swift presented Garth Brooks with the award and the country veteran joined her on stage to give his acceptance speech, closing off the evening.

As for the night’s winners, take a glance at the complete list below.
With files from ET Canada
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