• In this Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Dierks Bentley, Karen Fairchild and more country artists are welcoming Beyonce’s excursion into country music with song “Daddy Lessons” from her new album “Lemonade.” The acoustic guitar-driven song mixes New Orleans horns and country lyrics that many in Nashville say is a bona fide country tune. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    Country artists welcome Beyonce to the format

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Beyonce dropped a country tune inside her new visual album “Lemonade,” it was the biggest crossover news in country music since Justin Timberlake brought down the house at the Country Music Association Awards last year alongside Chris Stapleton.

  • In this March 29, 2016 file photo, Jason Derulo, left, and Luke Bryan perform during a taping of CMT Crossroads in Franklin, Tenn. During an interview prior to shooting the episode, Derulo, the “Talk Dirty” singer, said he is really interested in making a country music record. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File)

    R&B singer Jason Derulo says he ‘loves’ country music

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pop singer Jason Derulo has a lot to learn from country star Luke Bryan if he hopes to blend into the music scene in Nashville. The two teamed up for an episode of “CMT Crossroads” that combined each singer’s musical swagger and rump-shaking hits like Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” and Bryan’s “Strip It Down.”