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Country Artist Hardy Shades Beyoncé: ‘Didn’t See Her At the Rodeo’ – But the BBC Calls ‘Cowboy Carter’ A ‘Blast!’

Beyoncé (inset) - Hardy - Instagram-Getty
Beyoncé (inset) – Hardy – Instagram-Getty

*Country artist Hater, err, Hardy, known for his outspoken nature, isn’t holding back. He’s pointing fingers at Beyoncé and her latest venture, the country-inspired “Cowboy Carter” album, suggesting it lacks authenticity.

Following his performance at the Houston Rodeo, Hardy took to Instagram with a pointed observation: “Didn’t spot Beyoncé at the rodeo.” This remark ignited a mixed bag of reactions online, with some nodding in agreement while others rallied to Beyoncé’s defense, reports WideOpenCountry.

Among the responses, one commenter quipped, “‘Paint him red and black & call him jumper cables cause he’s startin’ s—t,” while another expressed bewilderment at the practice of tearing down fellow artists instead of focusing on one’s craft.

A dissenting voice chimed in, suggesting that Beyoncé’s Texan roots don’t automatically grant her a claim to country music dominance.

Hardy’s critique follows Beyoncé’s subtle jab at the CMAs, hinting at past discrimination as fuel for her “Cowboy Carter” album’s creation.

In her Instagram post, Beyoncé reflected on her groundbreaking achievement as the first Black woman to top the Hot Country Songs chart, envisioning a future where an artist’s race won’t dictate their musical genre.

She elaborated on the album’s five-year journey, born from experiences of exclusion in the country music scene, driving her to delve deeper into the genre’s history.

Meanwhile, just hours before its release, the BBC reviewed the album, and its take on “Cowboy Carter” is a resounding one. Beyoncé’s blend of genres and thematic depth shines through:

“‘Cowboy Carter’ is a blast, with hooky, memorable songs that are theatrical, mournful, playful, lovestruck, whimsical and carnal – often at the same time.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z (Kevin Mazur-Getty Images via CNN Newsource)
Beyonce and Jay-Z (Kevin Mazur-Getty Images via CNN Newsource)

The album’s eclectic mix of sounds, ranging from Appalachian fiddles to rap verses, underscores Beyoncé’s technical prowess and her challenge against Nashville’s tendency to marginalize outsiders, particularly black women.

“That the genres overlap so seamlessly is evidence of Beyoncé’s technical mastery, but also of her central thesis: That Nashville’s marginalization of outsiders, and black women in particular, weakens the music in the long run.”

“Cowboy Carter” emerges as a bold testament to Beyoncé’s musical vision, transcending boundaries and reshaping the landscape of country music.

In the grand scheme of things, the naysayers (haters such as Hardy) of Beyoncé’s country foray may soon fade into obscurity, as the BBC’s review suggests.

MORE NEWS ON EURWEB: Here’s Why Beyoncé’s Name Is Spelled ‘Beyincé’ on New ‘Cowboy Carter’ Artwork

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