From falls to fails, here are this year's most cringeworthy moments
For many stars 2013 has been a year of #FAILs. From name slip-ups to actual slip-ups, here are the people who’ve been left red-faced, starting with the leader of the free world himself. Barack Obama apparently mixed up UK chancellor George Osbourne with one of his favourite soul singers Jeffrey Osbourne at the G8 summit in Northern Island.
Labrinth took down “over 50 people” while attempting a stage dive at a Kent University gig in June. When crowd members failed to catch him, it caused a domino effect – or what some would call an ‘Earthquake’. (Don’t all laugh at once).
While playing with the Bad Seeds at ATP in Iceland in July, Nick Cave tumbled off the stage. Performing ‘Jubilee Street’, he turned away from the crowd to strut up a gangway but missed the platform and dropped dramatically to the ground. A true pro, he still made it to Glastonbury the following weekend.
On October 19, Kanye West split his leather sweatpants while performing on his Yeezus tour. Onlookers spotted the gaping hole between the legs of his trousers as he grabbed his crotch. Maybe the whole ‘leather sportswear’ thing wasn’t such a great idea after all, Ye?
Foxygen’s frontman Sam France underwent surgery for a broken leg on July 30 after falling from the stage during a performance in Minneapolis. The band wrote on Facebook: “On the bright side, Sam will probably have a cool cane or something.”
Harry Styles crumbled to the ground during a One Direction gig in Glasgow in February after being hit in the crotch by a flying shoe. Turns out the footwear was thrown by a 14-year-old fan who tweeted: “I just wanted to touch him. I didn’t mean to hit him and I’ve tweeted him to say sorry.”
Performing at the Billboard Awards in May, Miguel caused a scene when he tried to jump across the crowd from one stage to another. The R&B singer accidentally fell on a fan, trapping her head between his legs.
McDonald’s upset customers in November when a worker played a rap song about rape and underage sex at a restaurant in Haverfordwest. McDonald’s apologised but was then attacked by rapper Rucka Rucka Ali who said the fast food chain played his song without permission. Out of the frying pan into the… burger grill?!
Beyonce Knowles had a hairy situation at a concert in Montreal in July. Her weave got caught in a stage fan while she was singing ‘Halo’. Unstoppable, she continued to belt out the hit while security guards rescued her mane.
Lauren Laverne was left blushing while hosting the Mercury Prize ceremony in October. The presenter accidentally referred to winner James Blake as “James Blunt”. Yep, that’s right, the ‘Goodbye My Lover’ crooner. Still, she saw the funny side.
Speaking of James Blunt, he accidentally sent his new single ‘Bonfire Heart’ to “the whole of the UK” by mistake in July due to a mailing list malfunction. Recipients took to Twitter to complain about getting an email addressed “Dear friend…”
Disclosure were forced to defend themselves in June after ‘miming’ a performance at the Capital Summertime Ball in London. Accused of pulling a “David Guetta” by a DJ Facebook group who spotted their decks were unplugged, the lads wrote back: “Capital FM made us do this show with a backing track”.
Radio 1 Breakfast Show staff had a Twitter catastrophe in September when they posted a supposedly ‘ironic’ sexist tweet about how ‘fit’ London Grammar’s Hannah Reid is. #ladz
Ed Sheeran managed to make a BIG impression on the opening night of Taylor Swift’s RED tour. Playing a sold-out gig in Nebraska in March, Ed tripped, fell and ended up rolling about on stage.
BBC 6 Music was forced to apologise in February after playing Jimi Hendrix track ‘Hey Joe’, referencing a man shooting his girlfriend, immediately after a news story on the Oscar Pistorius manslaughter investigation.
Justin Bieber landed himself in hot water in November. After fans threw Argentinian flags onstage during his show in Buenes Aires, he kicked them away and tried to use a microphone to sweep them off stage. Unfortunately for Biebs, disgracing the Argentinian flag can be punished with a prison sentence of up to four years. Unfortunately, he wasn’t arrested and is about to release a new album.
At the 2013 Oscars in February, creator of ‘Family Guy’ Seth MacFarlane slipped up with off-the-mark humour. The comedian was labelled sexist after song ‘We Saw Your Boobs’ (listing every leading lady’s topless scene) and his description of Jessica Chastain’s character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ as a “celebration of every woman’s innate ability to never let things go”.