We're knee-deep in awards season and no matter what your feelings on awards ceremonies in general, the biggest one in the music biz is almost upon us.

The Grammys take place in Los Angeles this Sunday and the good, the bad and the very bad of the music world will be dressing up in their finery, hoping to take home a famous gramophone gong to display in their guest bathroom.

Who'll take the biggest prizes is still to be decided – but we all know that the Grammys are about so much more than awards. It's often the performances and the in-between bits that prove most entertaining.

With that in mind we've decided to choose 5 of the weirdest/most awkward moments from the Grammys over the years.


When you're one of the most famous musicians of all time, and you've been around for as long as Bob Dylan has, you can expect the odd strange occurrence during a performance. However, no one could have expected a half-naked man with 'Soy Bomb' written on his chest to throw shapes beside the music icon at the 1998 Grammys. As it happens, the man responsible was Michael Portnoy, a 'performance artist' who was enlisted as a backing 'dancer' as Dylan performed (whose terrible idea was that in the first place?) To give him his dues, the musician was barely ruffled. And in case you're wondering, Portnoy claimed that 'Soy Bomb' meant “a spontaneous explosion of the self to re-invigorate the currently bland music scene that exists”. Right, so.



You could say that Lady Gaga knows how to make an arrival. At the 2011 Grammys, that entailed being carried down the red carpet by scantily-clad men in an alien-like egg. Well, that's one way of avoiding chit-chat with the press. You'll be relieved to know that she didn't spend the duration of the ceremony in the egg, eventually emerging to perform 'Born This Way'.



If you can't laugh at yourself, right? We're assuming that's the adage that Kanye West had in mind when he jokingly went to interrupt Beck at the 2015 Grammys. As a clearly surprised Beck took the stage to receive the Grammy for 'Morning Phase' – which had beaten Beyonce's self-titled effort to 'Album of the Year' – the rapper bounded up the steps and for a moment, it looked like he was going to make a gom of himself again by reprising his 'I'mma let you finish' rant at the 2009 VMAs, when he famously stole Taylor Swift's thunder. To everyone's relief, he turned back around and took his seat.



So you thought Kanye was the King of Stealing the Limelight at Awards Ceremonies? Not a chance. Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard laid the blueprint for that unenviable title at the 1998 Grammys. After singer Shawn Colvin was announced as the recipient of the Song of the Year Grammy, the late rapper got to the podium before her and proceeded to rant how he'd bought a very expensive outfit because he thought they were going to win, and that 'Wu-Tang is for the children'. As it happens, Wu-Tang weren't up for Song of the Year – but had been beaten by Puff Daddy and the Family in the 'Best Rap Album' category. That's just rude, pal.



You remember Nipplegate – of course you do! Ah, simpler times. When a flash of a pop star's nipple to 89 million people at the Super Bowl Halftime Show was enough to generate scandalous headlines the world over. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson took a while to live that scandal down, but the former was in 'damage limitation' mode a week later when he was accepting the Grammy for 'Cry Me a River' (unfortunately, there's no footage available online, more's the pity.) "Listen, I know it's best a rough week on everybody," he said. "What occurred was unintentional and completely regrettable, and I apologise if you guys were offended." His lack of an apology to Jackson herself, however, spoke volumes.