NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Country Music Association is speaking out after accusations social media posts about Beyoncé’s performance were deleted.
There are blogs and other social media comments accusing the CMA of deleting all traces of the 50th CMA Awards performance with the Dixie Chicks, because of backlash from country music fans.
TMZ reports Beyoncé was prominently featured on CMAWorld.com Thursday morning and mentioned on the association’s social media sites but that it was deleted following the controversy.
CMA disputed that claim.
They sent a statement to News 2 saying, “The CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from abc.com and CMA’s Facebook page. 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.”
The CMA referred us to an interview with the New York Times. In it Sarah Trahern, Chief Executive of the CMA, said, “Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that, so we pulled it down.”
The article goes on to address the lack of social media posts following the performance. Trahern is quoted saying that Beyoncé, who is known to be vigilant about her image, provided her own photographer – pictures are available at Beyonce.com – and that the singer’s team had only approved one official live video of the song on ABC.com.
Trahern stands by the performance telling the paper, “If a program moves people so much one way or another, I think we’ve had a successful show.”
News 2 checked and there are plenty of mentions of the performance on CMA’s platforms now.
We also reached out to management for the Dixie Chicks and Beyoncé for comment on the controversy but did not hear back.