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Last night, the 50th Annual CMA Awards aired on ABC, and it’s usual suspects, including Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride and more, were all in attendance. However, one unlikely artist took the stage during the ceremony. That artist was Beyoncé. The songstress performed her country tinged hit “Daddy Lessons” with country act and fellow Texans the Dixie Chicks. Looking gorgeous in an angelic, sheer dress, Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks performed the song, which fused country elements while adding a brass section to give the song a New Orleans flare as well as a hip hop element that got the crowd moving. However, not everyone was impressed with Beyoncé’s performance. Some country music fans feel that the genre has been infiltrated by too many pop influences and didn’t appreciate Beyoncé’s presence at the ceremony. Oh well. You can’t please everyone. Singer/songwriter John Legend plans to deliver big before the end of the year. He’s announced that his forthcoming fifth studio effort, “Darkness And Light”, is due on Dec 2 and will go on pre-order tomorrow. He also shared the project’s cover art, which features a close up of his face in the shadows, shot in a grainy, neck up portrait. Legend also tweeted about the project, which is sure to be successful. No one can say that singer/songwriter Bruno Mars doesn’t like to give his fans extra during his performances. Case in point, during a performance for BBC radio’s “Live Lounge” series, he gave an 80’s love song feel to the single “All I Ask”, which he co-wrote for singer Adele’s album “25.” When explaining the intend with the song, Mars stated that he and his group were going for a big diva ballad. In addition, Mars also performed “24 Magic”, the title track from his forthcoming project due November 18. Fans who have been eagerly anticipating the release of “The Hamilton Mixtape” will be happy to know that it’s release is imminent. According to the Amazon.co.uk page, “The Hamilton Mixtape” has appeared with a release date of Dec. 2.  Star/creator Lin-Manuel revealed the news via Twitter today and revealed the project’s track list as well. The album includes special guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, Queen Latifah, Common, Usher, Sia and Chance the Rapper. Other artists reportedly involved with the project include Nas, The Roots, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon, Wiz Khalifa, Alicia Keys, Ashanti and more. Last night, college students sporting bandanas and t-shirts flocked to Irving Plaza in New York City to see Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly during his “”Alpha Omega Tour.” At 8:30 p.m., the MC took the stage to deliver an energetic set. At one point, he laid down in the middle of the stage in order to soak in the lively crowd’s response. His shirtless drummer became a crowd favorite due to his spirited performances on such songs as Mod’s “Stoner Girl” and “We Do This.” A huge mosh pit was formed during “We Do This”, driving the already hyped crowd into a frenzy. When MGK wasn’t climbing stage equipment, he was showcasing his talents on guitar. He paid  homage to Blink 182 with their opus “All The Small Things.” All in all, it was an amazing night fans aren’t going to forget anytime soon.