ACM Awards 2016: 15 Best and Worst Moments

From breakout performances to busted jokes

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ACM Awards 2016: 15 Best and Worst Moments

Best Tribute: Eric Church's 'Record Year' DJ Battle

The hard-rocking guy in the aviators isn't necessarily the person who comes to mind for a sensitive tribute, but Eric Church's marvelous performance of "Record Year" turned out to be one of the ACM Awards' most unexpectedly touching moments. Seamlessly transitioning away from his own song, Church and the "Mr. Misunderstood" kid engaged in a turntable battle that honored recently departed rockers David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Glenn Frey of the Eagles with passages of their hits. It was a note-perfect way to drive home the message of Church's song: in times of loss and heartbreak, music will lift you up.

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