When Beyoncé hit the stage with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 Country Music Awards, many country music fans were outraged.
While it was the CMA's decision to greenlight the performance of Beyoncé's country-inspired song, “Daddy Lessons,” it appears the Grammy committee for country music has a less than favorable opinion of it.
According to an anonymous source who spoke with the Associated Press, the committee rejected the song for consideration in the country category upon submission:
“A person familiar with the Grammy nomination process told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Beyonce submitted 'Daddy Lessons' — from her album ”Lemonade“ — to the country category. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to speak publicly about the topic, said the country music committee rejected the song.”
Despite the rejection, country artists such as Dierks Bentley and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town have praised the song for its country music qualities.
Had Beyoncé's song been accepted, it would have been then become eligible for best country song and country solo performance.
While Beyoncé is being stonewalled in the country music category, the singer has scored nine Grammy nominations in categories including rock, pop, B&B, and rap. According to AP, Beyoncé is the first artist to get nominations in those categories in the same year.
Country music artists who've been nominated for a Grammy include Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Brandy Clark, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert.
Do you think “Daddy Lessons” should have been considered in the country music category?