Pop stars can do no wrong. They sound perfect on their chart-topping singles and they look amazing in magazine spreads, but I think what makes stars really interesting is when they fail. It’s not that I want to see them fail per se, just that you can tell a lot about a performer’s character by how they deal with failure in front of a ticket-buying audience. Everybody messes up sometimes, and performance failures bring stars down to earth really fast. Who doesn’t love a little bit of vulnerability? Here are 12 moments when pop stars failed — from getting booed on stage to falling off stage to getting caught lip synching.
Pink Falls Off Stage
Looks like Pink gave the wrong cue, that or either someone misinterpreted her cue, causing the acrobatic singer to be lifted off stage before she was ready. Yikes. Girlfriend dove straight into the audience, saying “aww fuck that hurt” and “get me out of this thing” and “sorry, guys.” These are the vulnerable moments I want to see.
Ashlee Simpson Gets Booed
Well there’s vulnerable moments and then there is absolute hilarity, which is what this is. Remember Ashlee Simpson? Remember the time she got caught lip synching on Saturday Night Life and everything got so awkward that she basically stopped singing along to her backing track and did a jig on stage? Yeah, this is worse. At the end of her Halftime show at the Orange Bowl, she was literally booed. And if you listen carefully, you can hear someone shout “You suck.”
Michelle Williams Falls And No One Blinks
This is the one where Michelle Williams fell on 106 and Park and Kelly and Beyoncé looked at her like “Girl what are you doing?” and kept on performing. The show must go on, but damn it’s got to be so embarrassing to fall during performance and your gurls won’t even back you up.
Kelly Rowland Says She’s The Second Lead Vocalist Of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s Eyes Roll To Eternity
In this 1997 interview, Kelly Rowland introduces herself as the “second lead vocalist” of Destiny’s Child, and Beyoncé looks at her like she has lost her mind lolololol.
Katy Perry Fails Falls Over And Over
I have to say I sort of love Katy Perry now since watching this performance where she falls on top of her cake after singing about kissing girls and liking it. Everything’s so slippery that she has a terrible time getting back up on her feet, but she understands the ridiculousness of the situation and laughs at herself in the process. I like when people don’t take themselves so seriously.
Celine Dion Inexplicably Imitates Michael Jackson During A Performance
Milli Vanilli Wasn’t Even Real
These two German bros fell from fame once they got caught lip synching, but the story didn’t end there. Every pop performer lip synchs once or twice, but it turns out that these dudes didn’t just lip synch: they didn’t even sing on their Grammy-winning debut record.
Michael Jackson Took A Piss Before Coming On Stage, Forgot To Zip Up His Cock Probably
He’s such a diverse performer and singer, so talented that he can woo you with his notes, spin around and zip up his crotch like nothing even happened! Fast-forward to 1:20 for the full effect.
A Fan Snatches Beyoncé Off Stage
If I was in the front row of a Beyoncé concert I might try to grab her, too. Luckily her bodyguards were quick to react, and guess what? She kept on singing as beautifully as ever. That’s what makes her a performer’s performer. And at the end, she threw the over-excited fan no shade. When the bodyguards tried to pull him from the crowd, she told them to stop, leave him alone. “He just got a little excited.” Like, doesn’t that just make her even more amazing?
A Fan Snatches Beyoncé’s Weave ON Stage, A Classic Fail
Her weave gets sucked up into a fan but she kept on singing “Halo” like absolutely nothing was wrong. Finally a bodyguard armed with a pair of scissors set her free.
Nothing But Katy Perry Lipsynching On A Flute
There’s lip synching and then there’s lip synching or miming on instruments. That’s what Katy Perry did after she faked playing the flute in this song and got caught. The best part? She admitted defeat, showing her humility and good sense of humor. Nobody is perfect!
Nirvana Lipsynching On Purpose
Most of the time when people lip synch, they want you to fully BELIEVE that they are totally performing live. But sometimes, there are performers who want you to know that it’s all bullshit. Anyone who does Top of the Pops is required to perform with a backing track to minimize any technical difficulties during the live broadcast. Pissed off that they were forced to resort to this, Nirvana rebelled on the show by not even making it seem like they were playing their instruments, and Kurt Cobain sang in a deep, nonsensical voice. So take that, Top of the Pops!
50 Cent Wanders Around Aimlessly, No One Understands Anything
I guess somebody on Fiddy’s team played the wrong song or something and 50 got caught off guard. So what did he do? Why, he awkwardly walked around the stage and the auditorium during his performance while his bandmates asked him what the fuck he was doing, that’s what! Gotta love live television.