Despite going head to head with the historic World Series Game 7 on FOX, ABC’s telecast of the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night (11/2) was still watched by more than 12 million viewers. With the telecast’s big ratings, ABC became the dominant entertainment network on Wednesday in Total Viewers (12.6 million) and Adults 18-49. In viewers and young adults, ABC also scored Wednesday season highs and its best entertainment results on the night in one year.
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The Country Music Association has released a statement in response to accusations that they erased any mentions of Beyoncé’sCMA Awards performance with the Dixie Chicks from their website and social media accounts. CMA’s statement explained that a five-second promotional clip was removed from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page prior to the broadcast, but that was because the promo was unapproved. The CMA then praised Bey’s performance with the Dixie Chicks as a highlight of the evening and said they would continue to share the full-length performance clip on their official social channels.
· In an interview with the New York Times, CMA’s chief executive, Sarah Trahern, further clarified that the promotional clip was taken down before Wednesday’s (11/2) show at Beyoncé’s request. Trahern said, “Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that, so we pulled it down. Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it.”
· The statement comes amid some backlash to Beyoncé’s appearance on the CMA Awards, with some social media users criticizing the pop icon for her recent activism for police reform and the Black Lives Matter movement.
· Dixie Chicks responded to the criticism on Twitter saying, “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate.” The tweet was accompanied by a link to the download of the song “Daddy Lessons.”
The star power at the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards continues to grow with the addition of more legendary acts to the lineup. Joining the star-studded lineup are 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark and former CMA Awards host Clint Black. The new wave of performers also includes Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam, as well as multi-format performers Elle King and Pentatonix.
· These artists join previously announced performers Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood.
· The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2 at 8:00-PM ET on ABC.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host the 50th Annual CMA Awards this November, marking the pair’s ninth consecutive year as co-hosts of the ceremony. Country music’s biggest night will return for its golden anniversary on November 2nd when it airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 7:00 pm on ABC.
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