A new surprise collaboration between the Dixie Chicks and Beyonce was unleashed at the CMAs last night, as well as unleashing the studio version of their new song “Daddy Lessons.” The song from Lemonade was revealed shortly after the unlikely collaborators left the stage.
According to Rolling Stone, the Chicks have been using an acoustic version of “Daddy Lessons” at performances on their DCX MMXVI Tour this year. To make the track their own, the trio added in some of their original “Long Time Gone,” as well as more country instrumentation.
The collaboration between the Dixie Chicks and Beyonce was an excellent choice for the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Awards, and nearly topped the duet between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton last year.
The BeyHive instantly began posting photos of Beyonce in her Zuhair Murad gown backstage following the performance.
— THE BEYHIVé (@TheBeyHiveTeam) November 3, 2016
Just hours before the show co-host of the CMAs Brad Paisley confirmed that Beyonce would be performing, tweeting, “Frequently, country crosses over. But every now & then a major pop superstar wants to be a part of this too. Welcome, Beyonce. #cmaawards50.”
Frequently, country crosses over. But every now & then a major pop superstar wants to be a part of this too. Welcome, Beyoncé.#cmaawards50 — Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 2, 2016
The song is already creating a buzz in the BeyHive as it wasn't nominated for Song of the Year at the awards ceremony, as well as igniting discussions as to whether or not the song actually counts as "country."