5 cringeworthy awards-show mishaps we'd almost forgotten about

By Nadim Nyker
02 March 2017

In the wake of what some have dubbed the worst awards show mix-up of all time we take a look back on some of the ghosts of awards shows passed...

Ah, awards shows.

With red carpets, performances, celebrity politics and all those darn envelopes to contend with, organisers have been known to drop the ball every now and then.

In the wake of what some have dubbed the worst awards show mix-up of all time (read more on that below) we take a look back at some of the ghosts of awards shows passed . . .

Read more: ‘This is not a joke’: The WRONG movie was just named Best Picture at the Oscars

Miss Universe 2015

Before this year's Oscars, Steve Harvey's was the biggest awards-show mix-up of all time. This was after he called out the wrong winner for the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. With tears in her eyes, Colombian contestant Ariadna Gutiérrez Arévalo had accepted the award and even put on the Miss Universe crown and sash when shortly afterwards Steve announced that Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was actually the winner.

NRJ Award The Black Eyed Peas mix-up

At the 2010 NRJ Awards the Black Eyed Peas were mistakenly declared best international group before the prize was given to the real winners, German band Tokio Hotel.

Choreographer Kamel Ouali, who was presenting the prizes at the NRJ Awards in Cannes, France, told the audience the US band had won and they headed onto the stage. He then returned to announce the mistake.

The awards, now in their 19th year, are voted for by listeners of NRJ, a national French radio station, and remains France's top music awards.

'Hidden Fences' 

Talking to Pharrell Williams at the 2017 Golden Globes, red-carpet reporter Jenna Bush Hager mixed up two nominated movies, Hidden Figures and Fences, by calling the former "Hidden Fences".

Pharrell awkwardly continued with the interview but the look on the Happy singer's face was enough to make us to want to hide our, uh, fences too.

Jenna got some major slack for the mistake as fans took to Twitter to say she'd undermined the two films, which had African-Americans leads.

She later apologised on The Today Show, noting that she was "deeply sorry. [I did not] want to make anybody feel lesser than who they are."


Katy Perry's bad luck at the NRJ Awards 

In 2009, after she won best international album for One Of The Boys and performed at the NRJ Awards, Katy Perry collected the gong for best international song for her hit I Kissed A Girl.

But when she walked onto the stage Rihanna's song Disturbia played.

Taking it in her stride, the Roar singer accepted her award, saying, "You love me, you really love me."

NRJ presenter Nikos Aliagas left it until the end of the show before admitting there had been a mistake and that Katy wasn't the winner. Turns out it was RiRi after all. Oops.

Unfortunately for Katy, this wasn't the only time she was left red-faced at the awards. When she took to the stage in 2013, the wrong track was playing and Katy was forced to lip sync After the fact, the host of the show walking on stage,  apologising in a very smooth French accent and asking Perry if her and her dances could restart the performance. This time, with Perry clearly singing.


Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award mix-up

In this year's Grammys, 11-time Grammy winner Shirley Caesar was mistaken for CeCe Winans.

During a video presentation listing the 2017 lifetime achievement award recipients, an image of CeCe was used instead of a picture of Shirley.

To add insult to injury, the famed gospel singer’s name was also spelt wrong.


Sources: The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, ABC, US Weekly, theage, BET

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