Grammy’s Most Shocking Moments
From stage crashers to near nip slips to unusal duets, we’ve seen it on the Grammys.
Billboard magazine has come up with the 10 most shocking moments in Grammy history. Do you remember any of these?
10. Nicki Minaj meets the Exorcist from 2012
It was just weird. ‘ Nuff said.
9. Sinead O’Connor from 1990.
Sinead refused to show up for the show. She said her absence and refusal to accept her Best Alternative Music award for “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” was her way of boycotting the Grammys. She blamed her “no show” on the award show’s extreme commercialization.
8. J. Lo’s green revealing dress from 2000.
As if showing up on the arm of Puff Daddy wasn’t going to cause enough chaos, Jennifer Lopez forgot her dress and had to wear a scarf. Actually, the “scarf” was a Versace gown with a neckline that plunged past her navel
7. Elton John and Eminem duet from 2001
Eminem had a reputation for not exactly accepting homosexuals, so it seemed rather odd, if not uncomfortable, to see Elton and Em perform together. They delivered an amazing performance of Eminem’s nominated song “Stan” and then kissed and made up…ok, not really…but they did hug at the end.
6. Forget the limo, Lady Gago showed up in an egg in 2011.
Mother Monster arrived at the venue encased in an egg-shaped vessel that was carried by her “servants.” A few hours later, the egg hatched and she delivered a memorable performance of “Born This Way.”
5. Ol’ Dirty Bastard crashes the stage in 1998
It’s not very often someone born in Vermillion, SD wins a major Grammy Award and Shawn Colvin’s moment was completely ruined by some jealous, bitter, so-called rapper. Earlier in the night, Wu Tang Clan lost to Puff Daddy for Hip-Hop Album of the Year. ODB crashed the stage and defended his group in a bizarre ranting.
4. Chris Brown assaults Rihanna the night before the Grammys in 2009.
The couple attended Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party and everything seemed fine. But the evening took an ugly turn over a disagreement over a text message. That’s when things turned violent. Photos of Rihanna’s bruised face leaked online. A press release from the Recording Academy announced the cancellation of the couple’s appearance just hours before the ceremony.
3. Milli Vanilli wins and loses a Grammy in 1990.
Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan won the Grammy for Best New Artist, but it was stripped months later after it was revealed they hadn’t sung at all on any of their hits. It was the first time ever a Grammy was revoked.
2. Bob Dylan and the Soy Bomber from 1998
It took security nearly 40 seconds to realize the spastic dancing fool wasn’t part of the act. During Dylan’s performance of “Love Sick,” a backup dancer took to the stage, ripped off his shirt revealing the phrase “Soy Bomb” on his bare chest and then gyrated until he was taken away. The look on Bob Dylan’s face was priceless.
1. The most shocking moment in Grammy history was Whitney Houston’s death the night before the Grammys last year.
The night before the 2012 Grammys, just hours before she was set to hit the stage at the Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party, Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room. Toxicology reports would later reveal she had several drugs in her system. Jennifer Hudson got delivered an emotional performance of Whitney’s signature song, “I Will Always Love You” and received a standing ovation.