Goodbye, Earl. Hello, Beyoncé: The Dixie Chicks get some superstar help at the CMA Awards

Beyoncé, center, performs with the Dixie Chicks during Wednesday's CMA Awards in Nashville.
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Live from the country-music capital of the world, it’s … Beyoncé?

That was the case during Wednesday night’s Country Music Assn. Awards, where the pop superstar dropped by to perform her song “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks.

No Nashville hard-liners themselves, the Chicks made Beyoncé’s string-band jam a regular part of their concerts this past summer, and here they seemed perfectly delighted to share the CMA stage with the night’s flashiest outsider. (Also pleased by the sight: Matthew McConaughey, caught on camera playing some serious chest percussion in the audience.)

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Per cross-genre awards-show protocol, the Dixie Chicks threw a bit of their own “Long Time Gone” into the middle of “Daddy Lessons,” with Beyoncé encouraging fiddle player Martie Maguire as only she can.

“Play that thing, girl, play that thing,” said the singer, who wore a bejeweled gown Loretta Lynn might’ve approved of.

After the televised performance, the Dixie Chicks made a studio version of the collaboration available for download from their website.

Spoiler alert: It’s pretty sweet.

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