ACM Awards 2016: 15 Best and Worst Moments

From breakout performances to busted jokes

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Best Collaboration: Little Big Town and Trombone Shorty
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Best Collaboration: Little Big Town and Trombone Shorty

While cross-genre collaborations at these award shows tend to come off as awkward in practice as they do on paper, Little Big Town tapping Trombone Shorty for a greasy Nawlins-style take on the funky "Stay All Night" was a bona fide show-stopper, dripping with joy and authenticity. The pairing felt organic, and was an outright stand-out alongside a host of Top 40-aiming country-pop performances stiffened by processed beats and backing tracks. It was also a major spotlight moment for LBT's oft-overshadowed Jimi Westbrook, who dug in and let out his inner R&B monster, garnering a standing ovation in the process.