When Beyonce took the stage at the CMA’s with The Dixie Chicks, there were a lot of people who were shocked at seeing the R&B artist at the CMA’s. Beyonce doesn’t do anything close to country music. One country music legend, Alan Jackson, reportedly got up and walked out!
A Nashville manager had this to say:
The overall show was great, but in my opinion that seemed out of place and felt forced. It just didn’t fit the night to me, celebrating the 50 years, and the Dixie Chicks seemed like her backup band on it, without enough of a real shout-out to them. I was sitting behind Alan Jackson, and he actually stood up from the front row and walked out in middle of the performance, so I think that spoke volumes for the traditional, real country acts.
It is an understandable sentiment. There is nothing wrong with keeping music genres separated. People want their country music. People want their rock and roll. People want their R&B. There is no point in trying to make up some kind of homogeneous product that record executives can sell to everybody!
What do you think? Tell others about it. Was Alan Jackson right to walk out? Should the anniversary of country music have paid more attention to country music legends instead of trying to have somebody famous pretend they like country music?