ACM Awards 2016: 15 Best and Worst Moments

From breakout performances to busted jokes

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Worst Guitar Solo: Nick Jonas
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Worst Guitar Solo: Nick Jonas

Kelsea Ballerini proved herself worthy of her New Female Vocalist trophy, turning in a fine wind-in-hair performance of the sassy "Love Me Like You Mean It" and  "Peter Pan," her ode to giving up on dating deadbeat man-children. But a guest appearance from Nick Jonas was shoehorned in — and felt like a promotional stop on a campaign to  break out of the boy-band mold into Timberlake-esque mature pop stardom. Jonas looked nervous as he took center stage and tried to do his best John Mayer, delivering a painfully stiff guitar solo that soured more than it soared — even missing a few notes. But we blame this more on the ACMs for bringing in Jonas to boost ratings. Ballerini more than holds her own as a performer. . . and country music recruiter.

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