There is no denying that Beyoncé is one of the biggest stars on the planet. She sells millions of records, perform concerts at sold out stadiums, and rakes in the honors at award shows!
So it is no surprise that a recording artist of her caliber would be invited to sing for awards shows. But it seems that some of the audience of the 2016 Country Music Awards were less than thrilled at seeing Queen Bey take the stage.
There is of course nothing wrong with not being a fan of Beyoncé or even outright disliking her music. We all have different tastes, after all. And, of course, it is valid to say that she is not a country artist, although the genre does use certain staple instruments that can trace its origins to Africa, and Beyoncé performed her song "Daddy Lessons" with Dixie Chicks, which is a country single off her new album Lemonade.
But, after her performance, some of Beyoncé's detractors used racial epithets and even accused her of being a cop hater, a racist herself, and for being anti-American. This may have been due to the imagery she used in her latest album in which she highlighted race, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement, which may have incensed the largely conservative white audience of country music.
In response, the County Music Awards then erased social media mentions of the performance.
CMA erased all evidence of Beyonce performing at the awards last after her appearance sparked racist backlash from some country fans. ? pic.twitter.com/LOngo91jjL— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 3, 2016
But, afterward, the CMA shared the performance on its Facebook page, and it denied that a promo was removed due to the backlash and stated that it was merely because it was "unapproved".
Artist John Legend though was quick to defend the Country Music Awards, saying in an interview that it wasn't country music's fault but that of America.
"They probably weren't used to getting that much hate on their site and probably wanted to scrub it of the hate," he pointed out. "But obviously the CMAs weren't being racist by including Beyoncé ... the people who were being mad about her were being racist. There's a problem with racism in America; I'm not going to blame country music for it," he explained.
What do you think? Was the online racism a largely country music problem, or is it more due to a wider racial problem in society?