As it became clear that Beyoncé would indeed be making appearance, country novices tuned into the annual ceremony along with the diehards — and tweeted up a storm in the process.
At first, the impatience was explosive:
And things got even more intense when co-host Brad Paisley announced she would be coming up soon:
Finally, the moment arrived, and it was everything the Beyhive could have wished for:
The epic 2016 collaboration is surely to go down both in Beyoncé, Dixie Chicks and CMA Awards history. And now, excuse us while we meditate until our heart rate returns to a safe pace.