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Updated 4/3/2016 11:34 PM
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At the Academy of Country Music Awards, Eric Church paid tribute to rock icons like David Bowie, The Eagles' Glenn Frey and other late stars during his performance.

Church intertwined songs from the singers during his performance Sunday, as well as songs from late performers Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Host Luke Bryan introduced Church and said the performer was a big fan of vinyl records and was set to pay tribute to "four of his musical heroes." Church performed the track, "Record Year."

Tim McGraw's performance was also a highlight: As he sang "Humble & Kind," a diverse group of people joined him onstage, from children to adults of every race. Some even dressed in clothes representing their backgrounds, and others wore clothes representing their occupation.

Other performers include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town with Trombone Shorty, Kelsea Ballerini, who singer with pop singer Nick Jonas. Later in the show, airing on CBS, Katy Perry will sing with Dolly Parton.

Carrie Underwood earned a loud applause after singing "Church Bells." She was nominated for female vocalist of the year, but lost to Miranda Lambert.

Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Anderson East, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Anderson East, left, and Miranda Lambert arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Carrie Underwood arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Carrie Underwood arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Kelsea Ballerini arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Kelsea Ballerini arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Kacey Musgraves arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Kacey Musgraves arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Kimberly Schlapman, of Little Big Town,  arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Kimberly Schlapman, of Little Big Town, arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Brett Eldredge arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Brett Eldredge arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Darius Rucker arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Darius Rucker arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Luke Bryan, left, and Caroline Boyer arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Luke Bryan, left, and Caroline Boyer arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Mike Caussin, left, and Jana Kramer arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Mike Caussin, left, and Jana Kramer arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Katy Perry arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Katy Perry arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Joe Don Rooney, from left, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus, of Rascal Flatts, arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Joe Don Rooney, from left, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus, of Rascal Flatts, arrive at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Tom Hiddleston arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Tom Hiddleston arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Jake Owen arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Jake Owen arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Kenny Chesney performs "Noise" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Kenny Chesney performs "Noise" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Eric Church performs "Record Year" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Pictured onscreen is the late David Bowie.
Eric Church performs "Record Year" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Pictured onscreen is the late David Bowie.
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Luke Bryan performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Luke Bryan performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Cam performs "Burning House" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Cam performs "Burning House" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Jake Owen, left, and Betty Cantrell present the award for single record of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Jake Owen, left, and Betty Cantrell present the award for single record of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton perform "I Came Here to Forget" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Luke Bryan, left, and Blake Shelton perform "I Came Here to Forget" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Luke Bryan, from left, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley introduce a performance at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Luke Bryan, from left, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley introduce a performance at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Old Dominion performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Old Dominion performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Chris Stapleton accepts the award for song of the year for "Nobody to Blame" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Looking on at left is presenter Von Miller.
Chris Stapleton accepts the award for song of the year for "Nobody to Blame" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Looking on at left is presenter Von Miller.
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Katy Perry arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Katy Perry arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Tim McGraw arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Tim McGraw arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Martina McBride arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Martina McBride arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Garth Brooks appears on screen via satellite to present the award for album of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Garth Brooks appears on screen via satellite to present the award for album of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Jason Aldean performs "Lights Come On" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Jason Aldean performs "Lights Come On" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Chris Stapleton accepts the award for album of the year for "Traveller" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Chris Stapleton accepts the award for album of the year for "Traveller" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Cole Swindell, right, performs "You Should Be Here" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Cole Swindell, right, performs "You Should Be Here" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Guests appear in the audience with lighted wristbands as Tim McGraw performs "Humble and Kind" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Guests appear in the audience with lighted wristbands as Tim McGraw performs "Humble and Kind" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Tim McGraw performs "Humble and Kind" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Tim McGraw performs "Humble and Kind" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Keith Urban performs "Wasted Time" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Keith Urban performs "Wasted Time" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Jimi Westbrook, foreground from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town, perform "Stay All Night", with Trombone Shorty, background center right, at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Jimi Westbrook, foreground from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town, perform "Stay All Night", with Trombone Shorty, background center right, at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Thomas Rhett accepts the award for single record of the year for "Die a Happy Man" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Thomas Rhett accepts the award for single record of the year for "Die a Happy Man" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Eric Church performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Eric Church performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Martina McBride, left, and Darius Rucker present the award for vocal group of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Martina McBride, left, and Darius Rucker present the award for vocal group of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Jimi Westbrook, from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet, of Little Big Town, accepts the award for vocal group of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Jimi Westbrook, from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet, of Little Big Town, accepts the award for vocal group of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Thomas Rhett accepts the award for single record of the year for "Die a Happy Man" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Thomas Rhett accepts the award for single record of the year for "Die a Happy Man" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Old Dominion performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Old Dominion performs at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Charles Kelley performs "Lonely Girl" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Charles Kelley performs "Lonely Girl" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Phillip Sweet, from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, of Little Big Town, accept the award for vocal group of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in Las Vegas.
Phillip Sweet, from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, of Little Big Town, accept the award for vocal group of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in Las Vegas.
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Martina McBride, left, and Darius Rucker pay tribute to the late Joey Feek, pictured onscreen, of Joey + Rory, at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Feek died of cancer on March 4.
Martina McBride, left, and Darius Rucker pay tribute to the late Joey Feek, pictured onscreen, of Joey + Rory, at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Feek died of cancer on March 4.
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Charles Kelley performs "Lonely Girl" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Charles Kelley performs "Lonely Girl" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Miranda Lambert walks to the stage to accept the award for female vocalist of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Miranda Lambert walks to the stage to accept the award for female vocalist of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Carrie Underwood performs "Church Bells" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Carrie Underwood performs "Church Bells" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Miranda Lambert accepts the award for female vocalist of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Chris Stapleton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Chris Stapleton accepts the award for male vocalist of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Carrie Underwood performs "Church Bells" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Carrie Underwood performs "Church Bells" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Keith Urban, from left, Miranda Lambert, and Billy Gibbons perform "Tush" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Keith Urban, from left, Miranda Lambert, and Billy Gibbons perform "Tush" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Keith Urban, from left, Miranda Lambert, and Billy Gibbons perform "Tush" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Keith Urban, from left, Miranda Lambert, and Billy Gibbons perform "Tush" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Dolly Parton, left, and Katy Perry perform "Coat Of Many Colors" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Dolly Parton, left, and Katy Perry perform "Coat Of Many Colors" at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Jason Aldean accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Jason Aldean accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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Katy Perry, right, presents the Tex Ritter award to Dolly Parton at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Katy Perry, right, presents the Tex Ritter award to Dolly Parton at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas.
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