The ACM Awards on Sunday night would have incomplete without a tribute to Joey Feek, who died in March after a long battle with cervical cancer.
While Eric Church gave a moving tribute to Bowie and others who passed last year, the former member of country duo Joey + Rory was later given a standalone standing ovation. Some fans were quick to praise the touching moment, but others took to Twitter to slam the quick memorial.
Read the mixed opinions:
Fans react to Joey Feek tribute at ACM Awards
Fans underwhelmed by Joey Feek tribute at ACM Awards
Very glad they recognized Joey Feek tonight. A beautiful woman gone too soon. #ACMs
Love love love that they did a tribute to Joey feek!!!! This is why I love country! Class and respect!
That's your Joey Feek tribute ACM's ? Super lame. #ACMs
Lovely, sad, touching tribute to the late Joey Feek. Hard to even write that. #ACMAwards
Why not have Little Big Town or Martina sing the tribute to Joey Feek? That tribute was underwhelming. #ACMAwards
That Joey Feek mention was nicely executed. #ACMs
Joey Feek deserved so much more than a hand clap! Very disappointed on how that was handled!
I expected more of a tribute to Joey Feek than a standing ovation... But ok. 💔
I pray for Rory Feek&his family everyday. God bless the #ACMs for recognizing their loss&the country music community's loss.
After years of snubs, an awkward tribute to Joey Feek doesn't cut it, @ACMawards #ACMs
Yes, well done country music.
Standing ovation in memory of Joey Feek @joeyandrory @ACMawards #ACMs
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Joey + Rory was nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, but lost to Florida Georgia Line.
Ahead of the awards show, Rory Feek, who opted to stay home with his daughter instead of attending the festivities, shared a mournful photo of his wife's grave with a beam of sunlight shining over it. Watch the video above to learn more.
What did you think of the tribute? Let us know in the comments.