When people look back at the 2017 Oscars, the memory that will stand out above the rest will be the confusion and chaos that ensued on stage after Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty incorrectly announced La La Land as the winner for Best Picture. You could feel the embarrassment and awkwardness seeping out of your television screen as the La La Land crew tried to call up the real winners, the producers of Moonlight onto the stage. While this mix-up is one for the history books, where does it land overall in the list of most awkward mishaps at live events? Here is our list for the top five most awkward live TV moments.
1. Steve Harvey announces the wrong winner for the Miss Universe pageant
Much like the debacle we just witnessed at the Oscars, Steve Harvey was the original culprit for announcing the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe competition. Instead of announcing the the winner of the competition, Steve Harvey awarded the First Runner Up, Miss Colombia, as Miss Universe and crowned her accordingly. Unfortunately for him and all the contestants involved, the real winner was Miss Philippines - who he had to announce as the real Miss Universe, transferring the tiara and sash from one supposed winner to the next.
2. Kanye interrupts Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech
Back in 2009, Taylor Swift was a young 19 year old emerging artist, nowhere near the world-famous popstar she is today. After winning the award for the Best Female Video at the VMAs, Taylor Swift started giving her speech, mentioning how she had always dreamed one day she would win this award, only to be cut off midway through her speech by Kanye West. Kanye took a moment and said, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’m going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. Of all time.” Beyonce looked completely aghast, and shocked, the crowd started to jeer, and the ever tense relationship between Taylor Swift and Kanye West began.
3. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announcing the wrong Best Picture winner
We’ve already gone over the complete awkwardness of this event, but we will give you a fresh recap. While announcing the winner of Best Picture, Warren Beatty hesitated and looked at his co-host, leaving the audience in suspense before Faye Dunaway took the initiative and awarded La La Land as Best Picture. Looking back at the situation now, Warren hesitated because he knew the card was wrong, but it was all too late once his co-host took action into her own hands. The scene left a lot of people confused, and there was a lot of clarifying, and happy faces turned frustrated. Overall, it was a complete mess, but the fault lies more on the people handing out the cards, than the announcers reading them.
4. Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction
We had to reach back quite a few years to find this one, but every year when the big game comes around and the halftime show gets discussed, people ask each other if there will be another wardrobe malfunction. In fact, this past year, you could put money on whether you thought Lady Gaga would suffer a wardrobe malfunction. This growing concern all started back in 2004 when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed together at the halftime show. The performance was going well until Justin Timberlake “accidentally” tore off a piece of Janet Jackson’s shirt, leaving her chest completely bare. The network immediately cut off the cameras and the moment now lives on in infamy.
5. John Travolta introduces Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem
In 2014, John Travolta was getting ready to introduce Wicked and Frozen star, Idina Menzel, but somehow ended up calling her Adele Dazeem. Later, Travolta would explain that he was told the name would be changed on the teleprompter to the phonetic spelling. When he got on stage, he wasn’t sure what name he was reading, and ended up saying Adele Dazeem. Luckily for both Travolta and Menzel, this slip-up was mostly humorous and there is no bad blood between the two.