We have all had our fair share of public humiliation, celebrities included. It is comforting to know that despite their bloated bank accounts, good looks, and expensive clothes they are still vulnerable to the same pitfalls that plague mere mortals. Even the rich and famous get upset stomachs, stage fright, and sometimes they even lose their balance.
To show you that stars are human too we compiled a list of the 15 Most Embarrassing On Stage Moments.
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15. Method Man
The Moment: The stage dive fail
While performing in London with Wu-Tang Clan Method Man decided to take a page out of the rock handbook and try a stage dive. He climbed onto a speaker, took a breath then launched himself into the crowd just as the sea parted and and he landed with an embarrassing thud on the ground.
14. Kings of Leon
The Moment: Bird shit in the eye
Apparently pigeons are not fans of Kings of Leon, they decided to bomb the stage repeatedly during a concert in St. Louis. The guys were forced to end their set early after playing just three songs after a pigeon pooped into bassist Jared Followill’s mouth. They tried to stick it out but not only was the situation disgusting it was a toxic health hazard, luckily fans were issued a full refund.
The Moment: The fall
Beyoncé took a huge tumble down a large set of stairs at a concert in Orlando, FL back in 2007. While whipping her long mane and attempting to run down the staircase her quick feet slipped out from under her causing Sasha Fierce to land flat on her face. Like the professional that she is Beyoncé hopped straight up and finished the song. Hopefully she can stick her landings when she performs at the Superbowl next year.
12. Nick Jonas
The Moment: Gravity
While performing the tween favorite “Burnin’ Up” the Jo Bros got a little carried away. After doing a quick front flip the youngest Jonas tried to hop back up but the forces of gravity were against him and he kept slipping. However, the most embarrassing part of this video has to be their rap sidekick, Big Rob, coming on stage in a sombrero to spit his verse.
The Moment: Knee problems
Drake was performing with Lil Wayne in Camden, NJ when he fell on stage due to his already torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). Prior to leaving for the America’s Most Wanted Tour his doctor advised him against jumping around on stage and told him to stay off his weak knee altogether. After the fall Drake was carried off stage by four men leaving Lil Wayne hanging high and dry.
10. Lil Mama
The Moment: That time everyone was like, “Why the fuck is Lil Mama on stage?”
The VMAs have been home to many embarrassing moments over the years but Lil Mama’s stage crash has to be one of the most cringe worthy. While Jay was ending his final “Empire State of Mind” verse, Lil Mama jumped up from her seat in the crowd, onto the stage and started bobbing her head. Jay looked surprised but continued to bop to the beat and to his credit even kept rapping. Hov subtly tried to make her fall back but she paid no mind to the gesture and struck a triumphant pose with Alicia and Jay at the end as if nothing was amiss.
9. Pete Doherty
The Moment: Standard procedure for Pete
Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are not the only ones who have thrown up on stage! In 2005 the Babyshambles front man graced fans with a special version of their live set that included an up close view his regurgitated pre-show meal. This was a special follow up to the beginning of the show where he flung a microphone stand at the photographers pit. Is anyone really surprised?
The Moment: Melting records and a heated rapper
Back in the summer of ’95 DJ Big Kap made his way to San Francisco with Biggie to perform at the annual KMEL Summer Jam. However, what should have been an easy routine for Biggie and Kap was made much more difficult by the extreme heat. DJ Big Kap told The Fader “I’m throwing the records and it’s like, alright, cool we’re going through it. But it’s so hot the heat is actually warping the records. The records is melting!” Eventually Biggie was so fed up with what he thought was DJ Kap’s incompetence that he threw a water bottle at him and stormed off stage. Even rappers have temper tantrums.
7. Ashlee Simpson
The Moment: The time Ashlee Simpson was the funniest thing on SNL
There are two reasons Ashlee Simpson is famous: first for being Jessica Simpson’s little sister and second for her famous SNL lip syncing flub in 2004. As she was gearing up to perform her second song of the night, “Autobiography,” the sound engineers accidentally piped in the music and lead vocals for the song she already performed earlier that night, “Pieces of Me.” To make matters worse Ashlee attempted to distract audience members with an impromptu jig instead of simply “singing” the song again. It is safe to say that the younger Simpson sister will never live this moment down.
6. Courtney Love
The Moment: One of Courtney’s many
Madonna was innocently being interviewed at the VMAs in 1995 when Courtney Love decided to crash the party. First we see an unidentified flying object nearly miss Madge’s bouffant hairstyle and then the camera quickly pans to Ms. Love. Madonna is obviously not impressed when the interviewer invites Courtney on stage saying “Should we let her up? … Courtney Love is in dire need of attention right now.” Courtney then proceeds to the platform where she begins to rant and roll around on the ground. As bad as this sounds it is only one of many embarrassing moments for Kurt Cobain’s former flame.
5. Krist Novoselic
The Moment: The clumsy bass toss
Krist Novoselic, former Nirvana bassist and current political activist, was having a rough day when they were filming the 1992 VMAs. He was tired of waiting around, MTV did not want them to play the controversial song “Rape Me” and to top it all off the beer in his trailer was cheap and warm. He told the readers of Seattle Weekly in his weekly column that he decided to do his tried and true bass toss to perk up his mood. Well, clearly luck was not on his side as the bass flew over 25 feet in the air before crashing down on him leaving a deep gash on his forehead.
4. Justin Bieber
The Moment: Biebervom
Justin’s fans got a little more than they bargained for at the Glendale, AZ stop of his “Believe” tour; the teen pop star got sick not once, but twice while on stage. The first time was during his song “Out of Town Girl,” Bieber turned his back to the audience and let it fly. He was better prepared the second time and ran off stage before showing everyone his dessert. The Biebs soldiered on, finished the show and even treated the audience to an encore.
3. Lady Gaga
The Moment: Gagavom
Lady Gaga was in the middle of belting out “Edge of Glory” when her lunch decided to steal the show. The Queen of the Little Monsters got sick three times while on stage in Barcelona and then continued her performance as if nothing had happened. Later on in London Gaga tweeted about the incident and poked fun at herself.
Lady Gaga’s pukey performance was not her first on stage blunder, as an early pioneer of the no-pants-trend she bared all while sharing the stage with the Pussy Cat Dolls in 2009. While busting a move Gaga accidentally let everyone know that her monthly visitor was in town with a flash of what was undoubtedly a tampon string.
2. Christina Aguilera
The Moment: Leakage
Christina Aguilera was given the distinct honor of singing an Etta James song at her funeral. While she wowed the crowd with her vocal ability it was her Aunt Flo that stole the show. Midway through James’ classic “At Last” Aguilera suffered from what can only be described as leakage. It is difficult to view in the video but photos from the funeral show it all in disgusting detail. She tried to brush it off with her other leg to no avail (3:50 minute mark). Though Aguilera’s camp later came out with a statement saying it was accumulated spray tan fluid the red streaks still tarnished Xtina’s moment.
The Moment: A meme in the making
It would be impossible to make a list like this and not mention Kanye at least once. Though Mr. West has had many head shaking moments his rant on the NBC benefit following hurricane Katrina definitely takes the cake. Appearing alongside Mike Myers Kanye decided to go completely off book and derail the script by angrily declaring “George Bush doesn’t care about black people!” before the telethon producer quickly cut him off sending viewers to Chris Tucker. It is hard to believe that this is not an SNL skit but amazingly it really happened.