CMA Awards 2016: Beyonce Slays, Randy Travis Sings and Taylor Swift Makes an Appearance — Relive the Top Moments

Yee-haw! The 2016 CMA Awards was full of surprises — did we mention that Beyoncé performed with the Dixie Chicks?! While Queen Bey clearly stole the show, Taylor Swift also made a surprise appearance during the telecast while Randy Travis delivered a tear-jerking performance.

Relive the top five moments in the video above and below:

1. Beyoncé Performs “Daddy Lessons” With the Dixie Chicks

All hail Queen Bey! After the Lemonade singer took the stage to perform a country rendition of “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks, the internet started joking on Twitter that Bey “just invented country music.” Click here to see the internet’s best reactions to the truly epic performance. 

Beyonce performs onstage with Emily Robison, Natalie Maines, and Martie Maguire of Dixie Chicks at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Beyonce performs onstage with (from left) Emily Robison, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire of Dixie Chicks at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

2. Randy Travis Delivers Tear-Jerking Performance

The country star, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, left the audience teary-eyed after singing the final lyric “amen” in his 1987 hit “Forever and Ever, Amen.” The moment earned the crooner, who struggled to regain his his voice and the ability to walk after suffering a life-threatening stroke in 2013, a standing ovation at the start of the show.

Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Jeff Cook, Randy Owen, and Teddy Gentry perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Charlie Daniels, Charley Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry (from left) perform onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

3. Dolly Parton Earns the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Lily Tomlin introduced Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix, who performed “Jolene” in Dolly Parton’s honor. “Dolly is country music, pure and simple,” Tomlin said of her 9 to 5 costar. Reba then appeared onstage to sing “9 to 5” in her honor, while Kacey Musgraves performed “Here You Come Again.” Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride also paid tribute to the iconic country songstress. “This is an absolute high for me,” Parton told the crowd while accepting the award, mocking Willie Nelson and sending the crown into laughter.

4. Taylor Swift Returns to the CMAs Stage

Taylor Swift returned to the CMAs stage to present Garth Brooks with the award for Entertainer of the Year. The “Welcome to New York” singer, who recently penned Little Big Town’s new jam “Better Man,” recalled when she first moved to Nashville 13 years ago before handing over the award to the country music legend.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

5. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Mock the Election

The two cohosts mocked the current presidential race between controversial Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during their opening monologue. "The people need to know: Will you accept tonight's results?" Underwood asked Paisley, joking about Trump’s statement that he might not accept the election result if he loses.

"Yes. If I win," Paisley replied, quoting Trump, before Underwood reminded him he’s not nominated. "Then no. And you're a nasty woman,” he jokingly quipped, echoing Trump’s dig at Clinton during the third debate. Click here to watch all their zingers from the evening.

And click here for a complete recap of the night's biggest winners! 

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