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LeAnn Rimes Overcome With Emotions During Touching Patsy Cline Tribute At 'American Country Awards' (VIDEO)

12/11/2013 05:53 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

The "American Country Awards" returned for a fourth year on Fox, and while Florida Georgia Line stole the night with six wins, it was LeAnn Rimes who served up the most memorable moment. For the 50th anniversary of the death of Patsy Cline, Rimes performed a medley of Cline's greatest hits. During the performance she broke down in tears.

Over the audience, she could be heard saying, "I love you Patsy. Thank you." While Rimes wasn't alive when Cline was, she's always felt a close connection to the country music legend. Her first single, "Blue" -- released when Rimes was just 13-years old -- was meant for Cline, only Cline died before she could record it.

Rimes explained her deep connection to Cline to Fox News. "I’ve just been compared to this woman, to Patsy Cline, for so many years. Since I was a baby," she said. "To be asked to do something like this on the fiftieth anniversary of her death ... it means a lot, you know? I have a definite connection there that’s like no other.”

Anna Chan, writing for "Today," said that Rimes' performance not only reminded viewers of Clines' legacy, but also why so many people fell in love with LeAnn Rimes when she was just starting out.

E! Online has a complete list of winners at the "2013 American Country Awards," along with other show highlights -- like Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton's big wins.

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