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The fact that superstar R&B diva Beyonce was going to give a surprise performance at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show last night has got to go down as one of the worst-kept secrets since the news broke that former Ku Klux Klan Wizard David Duke decided to support Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. Beyonce, whose fame has crossed most musical boundaries, was not the first person one would have lumped into a group boasting the likes of Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and Dolly Parton. So quite naturally news this juicy could hardly be kept under wraps for long. But what cannot be denied is that Beyonce treated the CMA Awards audience to a performance that blew the lid off of the arena.

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As usual Beyonce made an entrance designed to draw gasps from the audience. Even though the rumor mill had been working overtime, it appeared that many in the crowd didn't really believe she was coming until they, with mouths gaping, stared at her on the stage. The Dixie Chicks performed with her in what seemed an unlikely pairing until one further explores the political outspokenness of all of the performers. The Dixie Chicks have long been known for using their musical platform as a way to broadcast their thoughts on the government and its leaders. In 2003, group member Natalie Maines declared to their London audience that she was ashamed that then President George W. Bush was from the group's home state of Texas.

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That threw the singers straight into the limelight, but in a blistering way as conservatives came down on them like a ton of bricks.

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As for Beyonce, she has comfortably rested at or near the top of Soul, Pop, Contemporary and anything chartable since she released her first album with her group Destiny's Child in 1998. The group never issued a formal breakup announcement, but ever since 2005, Beyonce has been dominating these same charts as a solo artist. She has always played it pretty safe until her halftime performance at the 2016 Super bowl. Proving that she was just as gutsy as the Dixie Chicks, Beyonce and her Black Panther-clad backup dancers sang a harsh commentary of the unjustified deaths many minorities face when the unarmed are killed at the hands of seemingly trigger happy policemen. Like the Dixie Chicks before her, Beyonce received a wave of negative backlash. Some police groups even threatened not to provide security for her concerts if that's the way she felt.

So the pairing of these musicians may not have been so far-fetched after all. Judging by all of the clapping and cheering from last night's crowd (many of them country music legends themselves), the performance of Beyonce's song "Daddy Lessons" was a raging success. Many of the traditional country fans have shredded her appearance, not so much because they didn't like the song, but they just didn't feel she had a right to perform at the CMA Awards because that isn't a genre of singing she is known for. But Beyonce is a chameleon. She fits in and takes over whatever she decides to do. She defies a one-hat title in favor of doing it all: wife, mother, singer, actress, model, dancer, and now lately, political activist.

It's one thing to be able to do all of these things, but to be able to look fabulous while doing them makes her even more awesome. As the words of her song indicate, she has definitely learned "Daddy Lessons" well. Now all she has to do is to remember the mamma lessons. No matter how glamorous the gown, if a light can shine through it, wear a slip. Other than that, bravo to Beyonce for giving them a boot-stomping hoe-down of a party in Nashville.