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Why Did the CMAs Delete Its Beyonce Tweets?

Wait — Did the CMAs Just Delete All Mentions of Beyoncé From Its Social Media Accounts?

The CMAs released a statement to Billboard on Thursday afternoon clarifying the content removed from its Facebook page. It did not specifically address claims regarding deleted tweets about the star. The statement read: "CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyoncé's performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from and CMA's Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. Beyoncé's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels." The Dixie Chicks also hinted at the controversy with a tweet on Thursday:

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Today, the Country Music Association appeared to remove all previous mentions of, and posts about, Beyoncé's performance at Wednesday's CMAs from its official Twitter and Facebook. Needless to say, the absence was felt very strongly across the internet. Many Queen Bey fans and cultural commentators raised pointed questions as to whether the apparent deletions were prompted by some of the racist vitriol trolls hurled at the CMAs — and Beyoncé herself — following her "Daddy Lessons" performance with the Dixie Chicks:

We've reached out to a representative for the Country Music Association Awards and will update this post if we receive a response.

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