Multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE that Beyoncé is currently in Nashville and will attend the awards ceremony tonight — plus, she appears to be performing.
There are numerous music legends slated to perform at the 2016 CMA Awards, and now it appears to be official — Queen Bey will be hitting the stage.
Multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE that Beyoncé is currently in Nashville and will attend the awards ceremony tonight — plus, she appears to be performing. ABC and the CMA had no comment on the rumors, but host Brad Paisley confirmed her appearance: “Frequently, country crosses over. But every now & then a major pop superstar wants to be a part of this too. Welcome, Beyoncé.”
The Lemonade creator is not known as a country singer, but she wouldn’t be the first recording artists to cross genre lines at the CMAs. Justin Timberlake hit the stage with country star Chris Stapleton at the 2015 awards to perform their tracks “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away.”
But what will Beyoncé sing?
A duet with one of the previously announced performers — of which there are many — is not out of the question. Or Queen Bey could do a solo performance of one of her originals. (Lemonade‘s country-twinged “Daddy Lessons,” which fellow attendees the Dixie Chicks have been covering live and are rumored to perform with her tonight.)
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If her recent Video Music Award performance is any indication, whatever Beyoncé would perform would be guaranteed to be what everyone is talking about tomorrow.
The 2016 CMAs airs live tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.