On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 two of the three biggest entertainers in the entire world were in Nashville, Tennessee. At one point or another these two entertainers ended up at Bridgestone Arena for an appearance during the 50th Annual CMA Awards. The third was in Dallas, Texas putting on her own show at American Airlines Center.
To recap, Beyonce and Taylor Swift took out time to be a part of a very special night for country music and country music fans and instead of relishing the fact that these two ladies wanted to be a part of that special evening, the Internet has taken it upon itself to make it about something so much bigger than that– politics.
The best concert I’ve ever been to in my entire life (and I’ve been to a lot) was in San Antonio, Texas for an evening with Billy Joel and Elton John. There’s a very, very strong chance I don’t hold the same personal and political views with either of those men. There’s also a strong chance they don’t have any political views.
When entertainers are on stage they are thinking about one thing– entertaining the hell out of you so you will go buy their music and tell your friends all about how great they are. They don’t care about who you’re voting for, why should you care about who they are voting for? Not everything is political. Not everything is a conspiracy theory. Some things are just meant to be enjoyed and cherished.
Personally, I truly enjoyed that the Dixie Chicks and Beyonce took the stage together during the 50th Annual CMA Awards. Why wouldn’t the Dixie Chicks be a part of the show? The trio has won 11 CMA Awards including the big one– Entertainer of the Year.
Of the 32 or so winners of that coveted Entertainer of the Year award, five were in attendance or appeared and 16 performed. Six living former Entertainer of the Year winners did not appear and five are deceased. Of the six still living only three of those could have truly performed. Why wouldn’t the Dixie Chicks take up the offer to appear? And why wouldn’t they try to get one of the three biggest entertainers in the world to come along for the ride?
This wasn’t about politics, it was about celebrating country music and its history. Sure, Natalie Maines loves a good trolling, but she seemed to not be thinking about that for the 6 minutes and 16 seconds she was on stage.
To even suggest that this was some conspiracy to help drive votes or push a political agenda is absolute nonsense. I was in the building for every single performance and I’ve re-watched every single performance at least three times. My political views have not changed.
I was also in the building for that memorable appearance from Justin Timberlake. No one seemed to care that he’s a pop superstar. Everyone just talked about how he’s from Tennessee so it was okay that he wanted to be there. The Chicks and Beyonce are all pretty proud of being from Texas. There’s a lot of country music in Texas. I know– I used to live there.
The “Daddy Issues” performance was about as country as it could be. It was full of harmonica, light percussion and the Chicks’ bluegrass vibe. Sure, Beyonce’s saxophone player dressed in a sleeveless all-white suit, paired with boots was a bit much at times, but that’s because I really like sleeves on my suits.
The musical genius who arranged the song to slip in and out of the Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” without anyone noticing was absolute brilliance and yet another nod to their history considering the song won them a GRAMMY in 2003.
Making this about politics and not music is almost criminal.