Have you always wanted to be more like Beyonce? Some South by Southwest attendees got the chance Sunday at the Mashable House, which had a backdrop nearly identical to the one in Queen Bey’s now-iconic pregnancy reveal (yeah, she’s having twins, we still can’t get over it).
When Ellen Degeneres announced late Monday afternoon on Twitter that her crew would be showing up to the University of Texas on Tuesday, everyone was wondering what antics the talk-show host would create.
Turns out, her crew’s visit had to do with Beyoncé and the Grammys. DeGeneres promised tickets to the music awards show to the best Beyoncé-clad students at the Main Mall.
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“It wasn’t so much about just Beyoncé,” he said. “This is a complaint that I’ve heard for a long time, actually for decades. Back in the ’90s, it was Elton John or Sting or whoever. Every year the CMA television producers feel a need to bring in acts from other genres, and it’s always done to boost ratings. I understand the concept behind that but at the same time I’ve always found it a little bit insulting— from the standpoint of being a country music artist—because this is a format that I’ve been a part of since the very beginning in my career. It’s a format that I have seen grow a tremendous amount in the 27 years that I’ve been doing this.”
He went on to say that other member of the “Class of ’89” were able to sell records and sell out concert arenas without help from outside sources, which is what he feels the Beyoncé addition to the CMA lineup was.
“As part of the Class of ’89—Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and myself—we saw country music album sales increase by millions over what they had ever been before. We saw an ability by all country music artists to put more fannies in concert seats than we’d ever seen before. We sold a ton of product, drew in millions and millions of fans that had never listened to country music before. I think during that period of time we’ve certainly become strong enough to stand on our own two feet without the help from outside sources. I’ve been complaining about this for years, and it’s funny to me that it took complaining about this year’s performance, before anybody paid any attention to it.”
“It’s very strange to me. I’ve had open discussions about this on social media for the last 10 days and the fact is that while there are a lot of people that try to twist this into being something different than what it is—being motivated by something different than what it’s motivated by—the fact is that this is something that I’ve been very vocal about for a long time. Race has nothing to do with it. That’s what I’ve tried to make clear from the very beginning. We should be better than that. To make everything about race—to me—it makes me sad to be honest.”
He goes on to say that his tweets were taken out of context by people who picked the story up from Twitter, and that he simply thought it made no sense to have a pop artist on a country show, no matter who it was.
“First of all, they said that I trashed Beyoncé, which I never did. I never made a statement saying anything bad about her personally. All I said was that her performance—in my humble opinion—her performance as well as any of the other performances that have been on from the pop world, including Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Justin Timberlake or whoever, do not belong. I don’t think they belong on any country music show. Especially on a country music show that was a 50-year celebration—an anniversary of what was supposed to be the entire 50-year history of country music awards—the CMA Awards show. The other thing that frustrated me was the fact, and it has frustrated me for years, is the fact that for every pop performance or R&B performance or any other type of genre performance that you have on the CMA Awards, that takes time away from somebody who is a country music artist, doing country music songs, releasing country music singles to radio, selling country music under that moniker to people all across the country and across the world. That’s taking time away from them. There are other artists that could have been just as much of a draw and that really should have been involved in that slot to celebrate the music that they have helped to create.
“So many great country music artists that you can name that weren’t part of it because there is only so much time—I get that, I understand that and everybody else does too. But when you take a portion of that precious time and give it to an artist outside of our industry, it makes no sense. It makes about as much sense to me as it would make sense to bring Eminem in on the Dove Awards. But you wouldn’t do that because it doesn’t fit the format. That’s my humble opinion.”
Beyoncé’s Texas roots showed up in full force at the Country Music Awards last night.
Beyoncé took over the CMA stage with the Dixie Chicks to sing “Daddy Lessons” — a country-tinged song from Bey’s latest album “Lemonade” — which any self-respecting Beyhiver could have predicted. As soon as Bey’s appearance was confirmed, there could only be one song. The Dixie Chicks have also covered the song on their tour, so the collaboration was hardly a surprise.
Bey and the Dixie Chicks all lay claim to the Lone Star State, so the beginning of their performance felt even more appropriate as each woman declared “Texas” into their respective microphones, the first words of “Daddy Lessons.” Backed by brass and violins, the blend of Beyonce’s powerful vocals and the Dixie Chicks’ enthusiastic twang came together to make a beautiful performance, worthy of a 50th anniversaryawards show.
The team also wove in a 40-second bit of the Chicks’ 2002 Grammy-winning hit “Long Time Gone,” a possible nod to their absence from country music in the past years. Beyond the quick homage to past glory days, the Dixie Chicks kept their set light and without commentary on their status in the country music scene.
Beyoncé fans who ordinarily wouldn’t have watched the CMAs did so for Queen B:
The singer was in her hometown to perform for her Formation tour on Thursday when she and her mother, Tina Knowles, decided to go to their old favorite shop Solid Gold Beauty Supply. Apparently, Tina needed some satin bonnets.
Beyoncé’s newest album “Lemonade” started people discussing who “Becky with the good hair” could be, and Rachel Roy’s Instagram post convinced many that Jay-Z cheated with her (which also led to a mix-up of Rachels). But a new woman has been added to the speculation.
On Monday, Rita Ora was spotted wearing the same red-and-white Gucci dress that Beyoncé wears in the “Formation” music video.
While this could be (and probably is) simply a good sartorial choice on Ora’s part, her outfit appeared only one day after the release of “Lemonade” on HBO and Tidal.
Ora also posted a Snapchat of herself on Sunday wearing a lemon bra and a diamond pendant that looks like a “J” in the selfie-style shot:
But it’s her signature “r” initial necklace. The juxtaposition certainly didn’t appease Bey-defenders, though.
Rita’s latest Instagram post is a photo from the 1973 Elizabeth Taylor movie “Ash Wednesday,” which is about a middle-aged woman who submits herself to full-body plastic surgery in an attempt to woo her husband back as their marriage fails.
The comments in Beyoncé’s defense, as per usual, contain many bee and lemon emojis.
Ora sued Jay-Z label Roc Nation earlier this year, arguing she has been largely ignored since the label changed leadership. Keeping that in mind, she could be adding fuel to the social media witch hunt because of Jay, and not Beyoncé.