When Beyoncé walked on the CMA stage, this country legend walked out Getty Images/Rick Diamond
Getty Images/Rick Diamond

When Beyoncé took the stage alongside the Dixie Chicks at The 50th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2, some country music fans were elated, some were ticked off and some weren’t sure how to feel.

And some might have changed the channel. And if they couldn’t change the channel, they might have walked out.

One of those people was Alan Jackson.

In fact, multiple sources say that the country legend actually stood up and walked out during Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ performance of “Daddy Lessons.”

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“I think it was a flat performance overall and a lot of industry people I have talked with were not impressed for a variety of reasons,” said a Nashville manager interviewed by Billboard Magazine. “The overall show was great, but in my opinion that seemed out of place and felt forced. It just didn’t fit the night to me, celebrating the 50 years, and the Dixie Chicks seemed like her backup band on it, without enough of a real shout-out to them. I was sitting behind Alan Jackson, and he actually stood up from the front row and walked out in middle of the performance, so I think that spoke volumes for the traditional, real country acts.”

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Now, God knows that there may be a very simple reason as to why Alan walked out at that moment. Heck, even country music legends have to go to the bathroom once in a while.

Yet, the timing of it may just speak volumes as to how Alan and many country music fans felt about the performance. And while Kenny Chesney has been put through the ringer for his non-descript reaction to the song, perhaps Alan made the biggest statement of them all. Alan’s team was unavailable for comment.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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