The Country Music Association has denied removing all traces of Beyoncé’s performance with the Dixie Chicks at its 50th annual awards after several publications reported the organisation had wiped any mention from its website and social media accounts.
The pop star performed her track Daddy Lessons with the group on Wednesday night, but several publications including Billboard claimed that it was nowhere to be found in any of the award’s post-show promotion.
There was speculation that the lack of any mention of it from official channels had been down to criticism of the decision to let Beyoncé perform.
Critics of the decision on the organization’s Facebook page pointed to the star’s Super Bowl halftime show and support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which was described as anti-police by some, and the Dixie Chicks’ criticism of George W Bush as disqualifying factors.
The CMA responded by releasing a statement that said the removal of a short promotional clip of the performance was down to the fact it was “unapproved”, adding it plans to promote the collaboration.
“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards,” the association said in a statement.
“In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast.
“Beyoncé’s performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels.”
The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines took to comment on the perceived snub.
The awards show struggled to compete for viewers with Game 7 of the World Series, as the event brought in record low viewing figures on ABC.
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