CMA denies removing Beyonce performance from website, social media after racist backlash

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The Country Music Association did not remove mentions of Beyonce's performance at Wednesday night's CMA Awards from its website and social media, despite reports to the contrary. At least, that's the word from the Association, which called Beyonce taking the stage with the Dixie Chicks as a "highlight of the evening."

According to the association, the only mention of Beyonce's appearance that was removed was an unapproved, five-second promotional clip that was pulled prior to the broadcast.

"CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyonce's performance on the CMA Awards," the Association said in a statement Thursday. "In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a five-second promotional clip from ABC.com and CMA's Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. Beyonce'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."

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The statement came following reports that the site had scrubbed any mention of Beyonce's appearance from its site and social media accounts, due to racist and other inappropriate comments that were left by angry country music fans.

Beyonce appeared at the awards Wednesday to perform the country-tinged "Daddy Lessons," from her album "Lemonade." The choice of performer immediately proved to be controversial, with some fans tweeting their outrage at Beyonce's inclusion.

"Beyonce performing at #CMAawards50 will make sense 2me the day @GeorgeStrait is asked to open the #BETAwards w/Amarillo by Morning," one angry country music fan groused.

See photos from the CMAs red carpet:

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Singer Faith Hill proved she always knows how to make an entrance in a black long-sleeved gown with a unique bottom. 

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Pretty in pink! Carrie Underwood looked absolutely breathtaking in a soft pink halter ballgown. This may be one of her best looks yet. 

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Sorry men, Olivia Newton-John may have beaten you at your own game! The singer stepped out on the red carpet with a feminine take on the classic tuxedo. 

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Songstress Kacey Musgraves looked lovely in lilac ... but the eye-catching ballgown may be a bit too much for us.

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Singer Jennifer Nettles made jaws drop in a sleek red floor-length gown with a dramatic slit. She pulled this dress off effortlessly!

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Pretty lady! Jennifer Garner kept it classy in a strapless A-line dress with a embroidered bodice.

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Look at those curves! Singer Jessie James Decker showed off her enviable figure in a body-hugging sequined gown. 

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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles may have several gold medals under her belt, but she went for a silver gown on the red carpet. If you need motivation to hit the gym -- this is it. 

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Songstress Miranda Lambert played it safe in a black chiffon gown with a plunging neckline.

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Martina McBride always knows how to dress for the occasion. She was absolutely gorgeous in a long-sleeved black gown with silver detailing. 

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Meghan Linsey was certainly the gold standard! We can't get enough of this slinky dress that hugged every bit of her curvaceous body. 

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Former 'Bachelorette' star Kaitlyn Bristowe stunned in unique two-piece black outfit by designer Hayley Paige that showed off her tiny figure.

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Keith is a lucky man! Actress Nicole Kidman stood out from the pack in a pink long-sleeved gown with accordion pleating.

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Maddie Marlow (L) and Taylor Dye (R) of Maddie & Tae opted for two completely different dress styles, but they both looked equally stunning!

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Singer Raelynn took some inspiration from the Disney movie 'Frozen' for her stunning gown.

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Actress Sharon Stone took the plunge in a sophisticated black dress with a deep-V neckline. 

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Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley flaunted major cleavage in a emerald green strapless dress complete with a sparkling diamond necklace.

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Singer Cassadee Pope looked absolutely elegant in a body-hugging black frock with a unique ruffled bottom. 

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Jamie Lynn Spears rocked a scandalous black gown with two thigh-high slits. Britney's little sis is definitely not a little kid anymore!

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Singer Kelsea Ballerini got playful with her stunning floral pink gown. It's safe to say she pulled this gorgeous look off!

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Miss America Savvy Shields was a vision in white in a high-low strapless lace gown. 

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Singer Brantley Gilbert brought his wife Amber Cochran to the big night. Gilbert donned a classy tux but all eyes were on his wife who sported a Grecian-inspired gown.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Maisy Stella (L) and Lennon Stella of Lennon & Maisy attend the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Leggy lady! Singer Danielle Bradbery flashed her toned pins in a red gown with a revealing thigh-high slit.

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Charlie Daniels stood out from the pack of black tuxedos in a unique denim and blazer combo. But we definitely loved his white cowboy hat the most!

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The 'Final Five' gymnasts proved they know a thing or two about looking good on the red carpet. Aly Raisman's gorgeous gown was designed by Hayley Paige.

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Singer Michael Ray made heads turn in a hunter green velvet tuxedo.

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Singer Tim McGraw looked handsome as ever in a black tux and his signature cowboy hat.

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Singer Gretchen Wilson didn't go for the status quo with her look, opting for a simple t-shirt outfit with some thigh-high boots.

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Thomas Rhett (L) and his beautiful wife Lauren Gregory looked totally loved up. Her stunning gown definitely had heads turning -- what a lucky man!

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Country's power couple has arrived! Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made their presence known on the red carpet with their no-fail black-and-white outfits.

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Electra Mustaine, Dave Mustaine and Pamela Anne Casselberry dressed to the nines in their respective outfits.

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Lookin' good! Luke Bryan just made everyone's jaw drop with his his classic tuxedo and even classier smile.

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Singer-songwriter Paulette Carlson was all smiles in a floor-length black gown with sheer sleeves.

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Gymnast and 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Laurie Hernandez looked fierce with a patterned mini dress -- this little lady sure knows how to leave a good impression.

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Songwriter Bill Anderson looked dapper in an all-black tux with an eye-catching gold belt buckle.

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Musician Ryan Follese donned a sleek navy-and-black tux for the big night.

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Musician Janie Fricke rocked a fringe outfit ... but it was her eclectic choice in accessories that made the look.

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Handsome men! Curtis Rempel and Brad Rempel of musical duo High Valley sure do clean up nice in their fitted suits.

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It's safe to say no one rocked a black suit at the CMAs as best as singer Mark Collie.

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Singer-songwriter Elle King went for a daring fringe look -- and she's totally rocking it with ease!

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Scott Thomas, Joshua McSwain, Matt Thomas and Barry Knox of musicial group Parmalee brought their A-game in their respective suits.

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Singer-songwriter Jon Pardi had ladies swooning in a maroon blazer. 

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Flower power! Singer Lauren Alaina rocked the high-low trend in a flattering floral pattern.

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Country legend Reba McEntire looked half her age in a sequined dress that showed off her tiny frame.

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Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum blew everyone way in a white gown with an edgy cape. 

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SInger Deana Carter sported a flattering black frock that hit just above her knees. But it was her bright orange pumps that stole the show.

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Singer Frankie Ballard had all the ladies lookin' as he flashed his pearly whites in a sleek suit.

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Singer Scotty McCreery's different take on the black tux certainly didn't fail him. 

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Yee-haw! Singer William Michael certainly knew how to rock a cowboy hat on the red carpet. 

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer Charley Pride attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

'Nashville' stars Maisy Stella and Lennon Stella looked absolutely stunning with their black-and-gold outfits. 

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Singer Easton Corbin donned a green tuxedo -- and he looked good doing it! We loved his fresh take on the red carpet uniform. 

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The 'Property Brothers' are in the house! Jonathan Drew and Drew Scott cleaned up nicely in some unique tuxedos. 

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Songstress Lori McKenna opted for a simple short-sleeved gown, but she looked gorgeous nonetheless. 

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Power couple! Musical artist Lee Greenwood (R) and former Miss Tennessee Kimberly Payne looked in love on the red carpet.

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Where's Miley? Singer Billy Ray Cyrus hit the town without his famous daughter in a bizarre blazer and hat combo.

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Singer Hunter Hayes certainly made some ladies blush in a dapper navy tuxedo complete with a skinny tie.

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Music artist Cam made heads turn in a colorful striped dress. She completed the look with a slicked-back hairstyle and black stilettos. 

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Oo la la! Singer Maren Morris literally sparkled in a sequined gown.

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Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas stunned in a strapless grey dress with a dramatic train.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer-songwriter Darius Rucker attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey opted for a strapless A-line gown with eclectic patterning. We appreciate her fashion risk, but she may not have pulled this look off.

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Musician Ben Haggard (R) attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Singer Chris Janson and his wife Kelly Lynn dressed to impress with their all-black outfits. 

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Cowboy take us away! Singer Justin Moore went for a grey tux for the big night and we think it was the right choice. 

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Avi Kaplan, from left, Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kevin Olusola, of Pentatonix sported some out-of-this-world outfits -- but they looked good doing it!

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Tanya Tucker donned an all-black mermaid dress, but it was her intricate chocker that caught everyone's eye.

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Singer Lorrie Morgan wasn't afraid to show some leg with her dramatic take on the fool-proof black ballgown.

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Actress Hayley Orrantia looked like a total princess with her stunning mint green ballgown by designer Hayley Paige. We couldn't stop staring!

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Erica Nicole left her gown at home and opted for a tight mini dress. She paired the frock with a silver clutch and black pumps.

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Singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam and guest hit the red carpet.

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Emily Eshuis and singer-songwriter Derek Wells attend the 50th annual CMA Awards

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Singer Easton Corbinn attends the 50th annual CMA Awards

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(L-R) Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town attend the 50th annual CMA Awards.

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"@Beyonce keep that sh-t out of country music please!" another demanded.

TMZ reported Thursday that references to and images from the performance were scrubbed after people began leaving messages such as, "That's right folks. Beyonce performed at the CMAs last night & is on a mission to take country music away from us, hardworking white people!"

The online outlet later reported that the Association had begun to add images from the performance again.

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