While many were biting their nails watching Game 7 of the World Series, Beyoncé was giving us life on the Country Music Awards stage. You can’t forget it, even if you wanted to.
The Houston native performed “Daddy’s Lessons” off her Lemonade album and was joined by the Dixie Chicks. It’s quite fitting – the country trio and Beyoncé have been the target of criticism for infusing politics into their performances.
Although most people loved the dynamic performance, a backlash quickly stormed through social media. Some of it was due to her lack of country music ties, while the rest was just downright racist.
Conservative country fans were not having it. The song takes a country approach, but most fans didn’t even know the song exist, because country radio doesn’t play it. We have to remember that Beyoncé is a country girl at heart. Born and raised in Texas and her roots have country influence. Who is to say who “owns” country?
Everyone has their personal opinion, but there is such a deeper issue than Beyoncé. It’s a clear indication of how politics informs the way we consume and critique art. And how politics has grown to define the music world.
Music is universal, however country music is a conservative space. That certainly came head to head with Beyoncé, as her Lemonade album has a basis of race, Black Lives Matter, and police brutality.
Her performance was flawless and artists should be able to expand themselves creatively. Many artists have the seasoned ability to crossover between genres – Taylor Swift is a prime example. Many say that she has figured out how to play the politics game in order to sell albums.
While politics won’t be leaving the building any time soon, we can only hope that music returns to universal enjoyment.