You may have noticed we are getting super pumped over here for the 2013 Grammys, and not just because we like to party with the music industry, although that is a significant factor. History tells us we are guaranteed a spectacle of fashion and live performances, as well as a wealth of premium WTF moments at the awards show. From acceptance speech hijackings and blunders to soy bombs, join us as we countdown to Grammy night with a look back at the top 10 most ridiculous moments in Grammy Awards history.
10. "The Flute is a Heavy, Metal Instrument"
Evidently in 1989, the powers that be felt mastery of a woodwind instrument was more metal than the guitar thrashing of Metallica and presented the flute-heavy Jethro Tull album Crest of a Knave the award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance over Metallica's ...And Justice For All. As if issuing some sort of apology, Jethro Tull's record label placed a Billboard ad for the album that read, "The flute is a heavy, metal instrument." Humor didn't help assuage drummer Lars Ulrich's balloon-like ego. When Metallica won for its self-titled album three years later at the 1992 Grammys, Lars made sure to thank the Academy for giving Jethro Tull the award three years prior, telling the audience to "read between the lines."
9. Karaoke Night at the Grammys
The Taylor Swift empire cares about her hits, her fragrances, her boyfriends and her nominations, but adequately performing a classic rock song with a living legend at the Grammys does not appear to be at the top of their priorities. Or at least it wasn't at the time of the 2010 Grammys when she recklessly butchered Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" in a duet with the great Stevie Nicks. We don't know why anyone thought the exceedingly sweet, squeaky-clean pop star was a match for the dark, haunting classic about a Welsh witch, but we do know she nearly destroyed the song for us. Alongside the still truly awesome Nicks, who could've easily delivered a powerful performance all on her own, Swift mercilessly inflected her soft, cutesy Southern twang into her vocals which were off-key. A disgrace to Mac fans, and a painful four minutes to anyone with ears and a soul.
8. Eddie Vedder Is Annoyed He Won
Eddie Vedder took the stage in 1996 pretty much because he had to, and he made that clear. He then went on to say he thinks the awards are meaningless but that his dad would've appreciated his win, followed immediately with "....My dad died before I got to know him." So essentially his acceptance speech was just him taking a public shit on the institution of the Grammys and possibly his dead father.
7.The Unholy Roman Holiday
Between Nicki Minaj being tied to a torture device through most of the performance, the all too serious Exorcist parody video, her British accent, and the aggressive attack on the Catholic Church as the overarching theme complete with backup dancing monks and priests, this goes down as one of the most ridiculous performances in the history of awards shows. Oh, almost forget to mention the writhing eunuchs groveling at her feet. How dark!
6. That Stupid Egg
In one of the strangest red carpet walks to grace any event, Lady Gaga had buff man-servants in nothing but latex undies carry her on top of their shoulders, medieval royalty style, as she hid inside a gigantic egg. She later hatched on stage, emerging from the egg to perform "Born This Way," confirming our suspicion that she is indeed a reptile.
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