The Country Music Association hosted its 50th annual CMA Awards Wednesday night to honor and celebrate the musicians that made the past year in country music shine. The genre's biggest names were in attendance like Garth Books, Kieth Urban, and Miranda Lambert. There was also another person there that you might have not expected being at this event, Beyonce! That's right, the queen of R&B made an appearance at the ceremony and she even performed on stage as well with one of country music's most popular groups, The Dixie Chicks.

Following in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake's performance on the CMA's last year, both Texas-native acts opened the show with a rousing performance of "Daddy Lessons", a country crossover song off of Beyonce's latest album "Lemonade". The songs describes the relationship between a daughter and her father, with the father seeming very protective and careful. It features a country beat with violins and guitars, with an R&B sound mixed into it as well. Beyonce and The Dixie Chicks performed it amazingly with a full band behind them. It had the audience on their feet dancing and clapping the entire time. I would have never suspected this performance occurring, but I am so glad that ABC and the CMAs put this on, because it was a great one!

Recently, country music has begun collaborating with other genres more often. From Nelly and Florida Georgia Line's remix of their hit "Cruise" to Taylor Swift creating a hit crossover pop album "1989", it has truly changed the country music sound and landscape. This genre now experiments with R&B/Hip-Hop rhythms and sounds, and makes a whole new sound that has never been heard before. It's creating a new version of country music for the new generation of listeners. I expect this to continue to occur and for other genres of music to experiment with others as well. Who knows what other great mashups can happen in the future, but I'm looking forward to it.

Published by Raul Plata