Mere hours before the 50th annual Country Music Awards news broke that Beyoncé would be blessing the stage with her presence. Sure enough, her surprise appearance created a show-stopping moment as she joined the Dixie Chicks in a rousing rendition of “Daddy’s Lessons,” from her visual album Lemondade. The moment was surreal but grounded in so much human emotion.
A visit to the CMA’s Facebook reveals a small portion complaining about the Queen of R&B’s appearance—and they’re not too happy about the Dixie Chicks either. However, the rest of the world knows it was an excellent performance. Beyoncé, in pearls and a translucent white dress, traded verses with Natalie Maines, who, along with the other Dixie Chicks, wore black. The CMAs takeover from Beyonce was more playful; her grin shone bright as the Dixies served backup for the pop superstar. And when “Daddy Lessons” ended, an extended ovation was met with giddy waves to the crowd.
Check out the performance above.