Travis Tritt Sounds Off About Beyonce’s 2016 CMA Awards Performance
The Country Music Association's decision to ask Beyonce to perform at the 2016 CMA Awards did not sit well with Travis Tritt, and the country singer shared his feelings about the decision on Twitter in the days following the awards show.
After a concert in Bowling Green, Ky., on Thursday (Nov. 3, the day after the 2016 CMA Awards), Tritt tweeted, "Thanks to everyone who came out to see us in Bowling Green, KY, tonight. Sorry we weren't able to do any Beyonce for all the country fans." He followed shortly thereafter with a tweet saying, "FYI -- My band and I are gonna try to work up Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies" for all you die-hard country fans who love traditional music!"
Tritt continued to tweet about Beyonce's inclusion at the 50th anniversary ceremony, asking "when the BET or SoulTrain awards are gonna ask a country artist to perform on their awards show," and explaining that his beef with Beyonce's appearance wasn't about the performance itself, but rather the CMA's decision to ask her to perform in the first place.
"As I see it, country music has appealed to millions for many years. We can stand on our own and don't need pop artists on our awards shows," Tritt writes, adding in another tweet, "We don't need pop or rap artists to validate us."
As fans began to respond, Tritt continued to share his thoughts on the performance, noting that his response was not about race, sharing a list of black artists with whom he's collaborated throughout his career and explaining that he's not concerned about being politically correct. The full series of tweets is available in the above gallery.
Although a few of the artists in attendance at the 2016 CMA Awards have, when asked about it in post-show interviews, said kind things about Beyonce's performance of her song "Daddy Lessons" with the Dixie Chicks, a number of country music fans and CMA Awards viewers disapproved; an outcry from others began Thursday afternoon, after some began to notice that social media mentions and CMA website video of the performance had been deleted. The CMA later responded, saying that the footage was removed at Beyonce’s request, and that the organization stands by their decision to ask Beyonce to perform at the awards show.
“If a program moves people so much one way or another, I think we’ve had a successful show,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern says. “We believe in free speech, and people can post what they’re going to post. It’s about the music, not about politics.”
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