Most controversial moments from the Grammy Awards

Milli Vanilli, Elton John and Eminem (Getty Images)

Milli Vanilli, Elton John and Eminem (Getty Photos)

This Sunday, music’s largest stars will come collectively for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, with performances from Lizzo, Ariana Grande, Bonnie Raitt and extra. Historically, the Grammys aren’t broadly thought of probably the most thrilling awards ceremony of the 12 months however historical past exhibits that there have been some wild controversies that shocked the viewers.


Final week, the academy’s president and CEO Deborah Dugan was placed on administrative depart by the board to analyze “a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team.” Now, Dugan is alleging that the awards are “tainted” and “conflicts of curiosity” influence the nominations.

Earlier than Sunday’s present, Yahoo Canada seems to be again at among the most controversial Grammy Awards moments from ceremonies previous.

Milli Vanilli return their Grammy

One of the crucial notable scandals occurred in 1990 when the Milli Vanilli duo, Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, gained the award for Finest New Artist. However there was an issue – they never actually sang on their album “Girl You Know It’s True.”

Eight months after they had been introduced with the honour, Morvan and Pilatus ended up returning their awards in a frantic press convention as a result of the general public outrage was so intense.

Morvan maintained that they weren’t pressured to offer the statues again however they selected to as a result of they thought it was the proper factor to do underneath the circumstances.

The academy by no means gave the award to a different artist of their place.

Will Smith’s boycott

A 12 months earlier than the Milli Vanilli debacle, actor/rapper Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff determined to take a stand towards the Recording Academy, refusing to simply accept their Grammy for Finest Rap Efficiency after they found the class wouldn’t be televised, resulting from time constraints.

The pair gained the award for “Dad and mom Simply Don’t Perceive” and determined to boycott that ceremony. It resulted in Salt-N-Pepa, Russell Simmons and LL Cool J skipping the Grammy Awards in solidarity.

Eminem performs with Elton John

Eminem has confronted vital criticism for homophobic lyrics however in 2001, after backlash from the LGBT group for the album “The Marshall Mathers LP,” the Homosexual and Lesbian Alliance Towards Defamation protested towards the choice to have the rapper carry out on the Grammy Awards.

In response to the criticism, it was introduced that Eminem would nonetheless carry out on the ceremony – however now with Elton John. The extremely anticipated efficiency ended with the pair hugging, adopted by the rapper flipping-off the viewers.

The surprising Chris Brown, Rihanna discovery

One of many extra upsetting Grammy recollections occurred in 2009, when ex-celebrity energy couple Chris Brown and Rihanna each no-showed to the occasion.

It was later revealed that Brown assaulted Rihanna of their automobile after leaving Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy occasion the evening earlier than. Rihanna advised police she misplaced consciousness and when she awoke, Brown was gone.

Justin Timberlake was imagined to carry out with Rihanna that evening, however ended up singing with soul legend Al Inexperienced as an alternative in a last-minute efficiency.

Brown was sentenced to 5 years of probation, and was ordered to finish 180 days of group labour and a one-year anti-domestic violence program. Rihanna was granted a restraining order however in 2011 requested to have it modified, to permit the pair to contact one another.

Justin Timberlake reacts as he holds the awards he won for best male pop vocal performance and best pop vocal album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Justin Timberlake reacts as he holds the awards he gained for finest male pop vocal efficiency and finest pop vocal album on the forty sixth Annual Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Picture/Reed Saxon)

‘Nipplegate’ scandal dropped at the Grammy Awards

Though the now notorious “Nipplegate” scandal occurred at Superbowl XXXVII (the second when Timberlake uncovered Janet Jackson’s nipple throughout the halftime present), the ex- NSYNC group member was forced to apologize for the “wardrobe malfunction” with a view to attend the 2004 Grammys.

Timberlake gained Finest Pop Efficiency for “Cry Me a River” and in his acceptance speech, he used the chance for a clumsy apology to the general public for the Superbowl scandal.

“I do know it has been a tough week on everyone,” the singer mentioned. “What occurred was unintentional, fully regrettable, and I apologize if you happen to guys had been offended.”

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