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CMA Insists Beyoncé Performance Wasn’t Scrubbed from the Internet

ABC's Coverage Of The 50th Annual CMA Awards
Image Group LA—ABC/ Getty Images The 50th Annual CMA Awards performance by Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 2016.

“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards”

Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks collaborated for a show-stopping rendition of the former’s Lemonade track “Daddy Lessons” at Wednesday night’s 50th annual Country Music Association Awards. But no reference to the performance exists on CMA’s social channels with exception to a pair of Instagram posts Thursday afternoon (below).

After fans believed references were deleted, the association denied any posts were removed.

“CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé’s performance on the CMA Awards,” the association said in a statement. “In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com 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.”

The only location streaming the performance is on ABC’s website here. Beyoncé fans flooded CMA’s social posts asking where mentions of the performance are; the Instagram posts are filled with bee emoji.

Posts referencing Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks were reportedly removed after many racist and vitriolic comments, according to TMZ.

The Dixie Chicks’ Twitter account shared a link to a live rehearsal version of the song on Thursday afternoon. “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate,” they tweeted.

#Repost @beyonce #CMAawards50 ・・・ Daddy Lessons ft. Dixie Chicks www.beyonce.com

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This article originally appeared on Ew.com

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