'Mr. Misunderstood' paid tribute to the late great non-country stars during his performance

By Jessica Goodman
Updated April 03, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Eric Church broke out of the country sphere during Sunday’s ACM Awards when, during his performance, he paid tribute to four non-Nashville musical legends who died recently: Motörhead frontman Lemmy, David Bowie, the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, and Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.

Beginning with his own song, “Record Year,” Church then played portions of Motörhead’s “Ace Of Spades,” Bowie’s “Fame,” and the Eagles’ “Already Gone,” while photos of the four stars were projected behind him.

Church was an early ACM winner and picked up awards for video of the year (“Mr. Misunderstood”) before the show began. He was also up for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.