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Dear Internet,

This is why we can’t have nice things.

On Wednesday night, the CMA Awards celebrated its 50th anniversary in awesome style, as Beyonce actually took to the stage to perform her hit "Daddy Lessons."

As you can see here, she did so alongside The Dixie Chicks.

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The not-so-surprising appearance was hyped heavily by producers, with a Snapchat filter at the event dedicated to the CMA "Bey Watch."

Moreover, everyone in attendance and everyone watching at home gushed over the rendition, with ceremony-goers standing up and dancing throughout and Internet users heaping praise on Beyonce from home.

But not all Internet users, unfortunately.

Because the World Wide Web can be a very mean place and because too many people out there are still cruel, close-minded and ignorant, Beyonce was on the receiving end of numerous threats and racist insults.

"Beyonce performed at the CMAs last night & is on a mission to take country music away from us, hardworking white people!" one terrible person wrote on the official CMA Instagram page, while another added:

"Beyonce overrated racist n***er bitch."

Beyonce at the CMAs

Truly horrible stuff.

But truly horrible things are sadly said often these days, even from the mouth of someone running for President.

That’s not what has turned this into a story.

Instead, what has made these examples into major news is the way the CMA Awards appear to have reacted:

By giving in to the racist trolls and actually removing all photos, videos and references to Beyonce from its social media pages and website.

This is a screen shot of the CMA YouTube page on Thursday.

It features a collection of videos from the ceremony. Good luck trying to find Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks on there…

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Here is a photo from the CMA website, circa 4:20 p.m. yesterday,depicting all the performers who were to sing at the ceremony.

See Beyonce anywhere?

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These moves certainly seemed to be in response to the following kinds of comments, which emanated from the Twitter accounts of bigots around the country: 

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Soon after various outlets started reporting on the way the awards ceremony scrubbed Beyonce from all of its accounts, photos and footage from her performance did start to appear again.

According to TMZ, this did not happen until after TMZ started working on its story and talking to CMA sources.

The Dixie Chicks, for their part, stood strong by their new friend and duet partner, Tweeting a link to Beyonce’s "Daddy Lessons" video and writing:

"If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate."


A statement from CMA to E! News, meanwhile, reads as follows:

"CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards.

"In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a 5-second promotional clip from 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."

Eh, we’re not sure if we’re buying that.

There’s evidence, which we shared above, that points to the contrary.

But we don’t have to say much more. The Beyhive is woke. They got this.