What the CMA Awards winners REALLY thought about Beyoncé's surprise performance Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

When word got out that Beyoncé was making a surprise appearance on The 50th Annual CMA Awards Nov. 2, everyone in country music was shocked. That includes the show’s hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. They had no clue until the day before the show that Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks were performing the pop diva’s song, “Daddy Lessons.”

Carrie says, “It was all very hush-hush and we’d be like reading our scripts and we’re like, ‘Who is this TBD performance in our scripts?’ But it is the 50th, and we were expected to go all out, and I feel like we did. And we wanted to include as many legends as we possibly could in one way or another.”

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Chris Stapleton was just one of the many country stars who had some time to chat with Queen Bey during show rehearsals.

“She was very kind,” Chris says. “She’s everything you want her to be. Just a classy, classy lady. I’m proud that she could take the time to come and show up.”

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Thomas Rhett was stunned to hang out with Beyonce’s rap legend hubby Jay Z just moments after rubbing shoulders with country legends like George Strait and Alan Jackson.

He explains, “There’s country music royalty in the house. There’s hip-hop royalty in the house. I just hung out with Jay Z for 10 minutes. That was the weirdest thing ever, but awesome.”

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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