Beyonce gives surprise performance at Country Music Awards

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Beyonce helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Awards (CMAs) with a surprise performance with the Dixie Chicks.

The pop superstar hit the stage without an introduction to perform Daddy Lessons from her album Lemonade, which the Dixie Chicks covered on tour earlier this year.

Beyonce (Daniela Vesco/AP)
Beyonce (Daniela Vesco/AP)

Garth Brooks won the top prize of the night as he was named entertainer of the year - the award he missed out on last year when he returned to music after a 13-year break.

"We are so damn lucky to part of this thing called country music," Garth yelled loudly at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Taylor Swift presented Garth with the award, while actor Matthew McConaughey was among the star-studded audience.

Dolly Parton received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, with a number of country stars paying tribute to her by performing a rendition of I Will Always Love You.

"I would have cried, but I didn't want to mess up my eyelashes," said Dolly, sporting a bright yellow dress.

Chris Stapleton took home male vocalist and music video of the year, while Carrie Underwood won female vocalist of the year.

"Glory to God, thank you Jesus," said a teary Carrie, who also thanked her husband and son.

A number of celebrities were in the audience and presented awards, including Jennifer Garner, Olivia Newton-John, Nicole Kidman, Lily Tomlin, Sharon Stone and the Final Five Olympic gymnasts: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.

The three-hour show also featured performances by George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town, who sang their new song Better Man, written by Taylor Swift.