Eric Church may tied for most Academy of Country Music Award nominations, but he made his live performance all about four of his musical heroes he lost recently. Read on for his emotional tribute.
Eric Church, 38, brought down the house with some a seriously amazing tribute to lost music legends during his performance of “Record Year” at the 2016 ACM Awards. While his own song blew away the audience, when he stopped in the middle of his song to pay tribute to David Bowie, Scott Weiland, the Eagle’s Glenn Frey and Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, and we are SO moved!
While this might have been a night about celebrating the best in country music, Eric used his time on stage to remind us of four of his vinyl heroes that have sadly left us in 2016. Eric’s Mr. Mistunderstood helped physical albums make a comeback, so he used turntable to play the songs of his idols to the packed house at the MGM Grand Arena.
He stopped his rendition of “Record Year” to head over to a turn table, where he played the opening notes to David’s classic “Changes” while the legend’s giant photo appeared behind him on stage. The tributes kept coming as he then moved on to the opening notes of Scott’s “Vaseline” with Stone Temple Pilots. He headed back to Bowie to sample “Fame” and “Suffragette City,” before transitioning to Lemmy’s iconic rock hit “Ace of Spaces” with Motorhead. Eric ended it with Glenn belting out the lyrics to “Already Gone,” before heading back into his own ode to vinyl albums and ended up getting a giant standing ovation from the audience.
Eric is tied with Chris Stapleton, 37, for most nominations with a grand total of five nods. He’s up for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for Raise ‘Em Up with Keith Urban, 48.
The country star is still riding high off of his late 2015 release Mr. Misunderstood, when he pulled a Beyonce and became the first country star to drop a surprise album release with no prior warning, last fall, without any prior publicity or interviews. Instead when he released the album, he gave it away to fan club members for free. He didn’t care if it rocketed to number one right away, wanting it to have a slow and long run instead. He told the Associated Press. “It’s about the life of the album. Does it is stand up over time and does it grow over time? This record does.” Stream Eric’s music, completely unlimited and ad-free RIGHT HERE.
Eric also made sure that the album came out as that – a vinyl pressing to be used on a turntable, placing the needle down to hear the more rough and tumble sounds of what LP’s used to sound like. “Record Year” is an ode to that and he gave such an amazing shout out about it tonight.
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