Music awards are an inescapable part of our culture, and while they are sometimes inspirational and entertaining, they also provide opportunities for disaster. Here are seven of the most embarrassing music award moments in history.
1. King Kanye
Let’s step back to a sad day in history when the words, “Imma let you finish” would forever become cringe-worthy. A bright-eyed and bushy tailed Taylor Swift was in the middle of her Cinderella-at-the-ball moment when suddenly Kanye West leaped from the audience and hijacked her acceptance speech. Alas, his promise to let her finish was replaced with a not-so-subtle jibe at Taylor when he half-heartedly told her he was happy for her, and followed this up by announcing that Beyoncé had “one of the best videos of all time.” Cue a deer-in-the-headlights camera angle of Beyoncé, torn between absolute horror and affection for Kanye’s devotion. Taylor was immediately transported from a dreamy fairy tale castle to the high school gym in “Carrie.” She was left with no time to finish, and a chorus of “Boos” echoed throughout the theater. Luckily, Beyoncé saved the day when she gave up her “Video of the Year” acceptance speech time to Taylor
2. Attack Of The Spread Eagle
During the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, the audience was gifted with an enthusiastic performance by Miguel. What they did not count on was witnessing the utterly horrifying spectacle of the musician randomly jumping into the crowd and nearly decapitating some poor lady’s noggin with his crotch. Yes, for reasons unknown, Miguel leaped over the crowd, probably assuming he could fly, caught this fan’s upper body with his legs, and landed on his rear end, smashing her head into the catwalk. Following this harrowing event, he simply continued to lie there and sing for a few moments, while the injured party disappeared into the crowd. Then he miraculously stood up and continued to dance around while hitting some seriously high notes. Coincidence? His crotch may disagree. However, he did end the performance with the splits, so apparently he has super-human recovery powers.