The CMA Award show was supposed to be a night of music and fun. Instead, it turned into a huge scandal as the Country Music Association was accused of using Beyoncé for ratings, and discarding her after they got what they wanted.
On November 2nd, the CMA's went head to head with game seven of the World Series, however, they had a special guest on board to help them secure high ratings --- world renowned superstar, Beyoncé!
“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a 5-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page,” CMA claimed in a statement.
“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,” they continued.
Additionally, CMA chief executive Sarah Trahern told the New York Times that the clips had been removed, “at the request of the singer.”
Beyoncé has yet to comment on the scandal, but Sarah insists, “Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that [clip], so we pulled it down. Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it.”
However, not everyone finds the explanation convincing. Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, who performed alongside Beyoncé at the CMA's, went on a Twitter rant after the debacle, claiming she has since refused their offer to return to host next year's awards with Bey.