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Texas Takeover: Beyoncé Performs with the Dixie Chicks at the CMA Awards

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Beyoncé’s first foray onto the country music scene was ***flawless.

The pop queen pulled a reverse-Taylor Swift, taking the stage at the 2016 CMA Awards to sing her hit, twangy tune “Daddy Lessons” with some alums of the annual Nashville fete: the Dixie Chicks.

Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire sang parts of chorus during the upbeat performance, and were joined by a full band — including harmonica, saxophone and banjo players.


Beyoncé looked ethereal in an all-white, see-through dress, while the Dixie Chicks matched in black. At one point, the foursome sang an interlude from the award-winning group’s 2002 tune “Long Time Gone.”

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Earlier this year, the famous girl group covered “Daddy Lessons” during tour stops in Manchester and London — video of which quickly went viral.

The country track was a total surprise from the pop diva when it was released on her visual album Lemonade this past April.

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Some of the genre’s biggest stars welcomed Beyoncé’s dabbling with open arms though, including Dierks Bentley, who told Billboard, “It’s not just choruses that are catchy and verses that could be intermixed anywhere as some pop songs are. It’s a real story that she tells about what’s going on in her life growing up.”

Fans of the Dixie Chicks and Beyoncé collaboration can download the track for free, here.