The Billboard Music Awards has seen a great deal of controversy since the show has aired for more than 30 years.
Since its inception in 1990, the Billboard Music Awards has annually recognized the music industry’s most popular songs and musical artists.
But the awards show’s long history includes scandals, debacles, gaffes and on-camera mistakes that have sparked controversy among its viewers.
38-year-old R&B singer Miguel accidentally injured two women in the audience during a stunt gone wrong on stage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
In the final moments of his performance of the hit song Adorn, Miguel attempted to jump from one part of the stage to another.
Although this was already a risky maneuver, the stakes were further raised by the crowd of enthusiastic fans present in the space between the two stages.
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The jump proved to be the opposite of a sure thing, as the Sky Walker singer crossed most of the audience, but came up just short of the desired destination and landed over the heads of two women watching next to the stage.
Two years after the incident, one of the women, Cindy Tsai, sued Fearless Artists and the MGM Grand Hotel — where the awards show was held — for negligence, as reported by TMZ.
Cindy alleged that Miguel’s jump injured her and asked the singer and the hotel to help cover both the medical bills and lost wages.
The other woman, Khyati Shah, did not file a lawsuit against Miguel, but her lawyer claimed that the failed jump may have caused her head injuries.
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Miguel and Khyati spoke to Billboard about the incident moments after the 2013 BBMAs ended, and Miguel admitted: “I think it’s obvious what happened.”
She also added: “But I’m very happy to bring my new friend Khyati here, we met recently. Unfortunately, we didn’t meet in the best of circumstances, but I think we’re okay.”
During last year’s show, rapper Travis Scott, 32, and country music singer Morgan Wallen, 30, were both returning from controversy when they took the stage at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.
Morgan’s performance of Don’t Think Jesus and Wasted on You was the singer’s first time on stage at an awards ceremony since he was caught on camera using a racial slur.
Shortly after her performance, Virginia-based hip-hop artist Pusha T presented Morgan with the Top Country Artist Award.
After accepting the award, Morgan told the audience: “I want to say, ‘Thank God.’ And thank you to my fans. The best fans I’ve got.”
February 2021 marked over a year since the Last Night singer was recorded using the N-word.
Protests over the video led to Morgan’s music being temporarily removed from radio stations and his recording contract with the Big Loud label suspended.
Morgan chose not to address the incident during her performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada or while accepting her award.
In the days leading up to the show, its host Sean “Diddy” Combs told Billboard in regards to the ceremony that “one of the things I’m doing straight away is canceling the canceled ones”.
He said: “The mood of the show is about love and forgiveness. As a musical family, none of us are saints; none of us are without things that happen in their lives.
“Travis went through a tragedy; Morgan (used the N-word) when talking to his boy.”
Diddy explained: “People make mistakes. We move forward now with love and respect for everyone who was hurt or affected.
“It’s time to forgive. Morgan and Travis can come back and hit the stage again with the mentality of getting a second chance at life.”
Some viewers of the awards show could not support Morgan’s performance or Diddy’s attempt to “cancel” her.
“Sorry, we don’t support racists, next…” one social media user formally wrote on Twitter,
another person Tweeted: “Morgan Wallen is a white man who was caught on camera spreading falsehoods, and yet Diddy thinks it’s okay to ‘cancel’ her? This isn’t about cancel culture. This is about Morgan Wallen. It’s about being disgusting.”
A third user complained: “Morgan Wallen just accepted a Billboard award for Best Male Country Artist like no one cares he throws around the N-word like it’s no big deal Not there.”
Travis made his first televised appearance during the awards show following the Astroworld Festival tragedy – where a crowd overcrowding resulted in the death of 10 people and thousands of injuries.
The Antidote rapper was slammed for his performance after he groped bikini-clad women on stage in front of his then-girlfriend Kylie Jenner, 26, and their daughter Stormi.
The father of two took to the stage wearing an all-white outfit, which included a long-sleeved shirt, puffy jacket and sleek sunglasses.
As he rapped, the musician was seen interacting with the dancers and models on stage.
In a clip re-shared by fans on Reddit, Travis can be seen approaching a dancer who was wearing very little in a white bikini, fur jacket and icy makeup.
The Astroworld artiste then placed his head on her chest and rubbed and caressed her head while rapping.
Fans were stunned by the performance as they criticized Kylie and Stormi for their flirtatious interaction in front of them.
“Unnecessary haha, especially when your partner and kid are in the room,” the first wrote alongside the clip.
Another said, “Performance or not, he paid more attention to her than Kylie all night.”
A third joked: “She’s for the streets,” while a fourth commented: “Travis doesn’t even claim Kylie why are you all surprised? Lmao.”
“That’s very poor,” complained another.
“I completely understand that it’s a performance and everything. I’m just saying that it was unnecessary because it didn’t contribute anything to the performance or the story,” he concluded.
He explained, “If it played an important role in the performance, that’s fine. It didn’t need to be that way, especially if it could potentially make your lady uncomfortable. Like it was awkwardly long and would have made me uncomfortable. Was.”
Two weeks after her big mistake at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, 23-year-old TikToker Addison Rae opened up about her mistake on her Mama Knows Best podcast, which she hosts with her mom, Sherry Easterling.
The influencer presented the Billboard Chart Achievement Award, but announced the winner, Harry Styles, 29, before opening the envelope — which revealed she already knew.
The Thanksgiving actress explained: “It was a little stressful because I had to change the costume, and then once I did that I went on stage, and then right before, you have to read that thing, you know?”
She continued: “And there were words like that, so it was like, I think it made me question what I was already reading in the paper, so (…) when I read them. I was thinking too much about the lines.
Addison continued, “And then it just kind of threw me off like I was like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t even know where I am right now.’
The social media influencer revealed: “Yet there’s no one in this big theater, so it’s going to look scary because there’s no one in there but you like to talk, and you know the camera is on you and it’s live. Used to be.”
“Then on the prompter, it didn’t say, ‘Open the envelope,’ it just said, ‘And the prize goes, dot dot dot dot,’ and then it says like in parentheses ‘Announce the winner,’ ” He said .
Addison told her mother: “So I just like announced, like I just said, and I didn’t even think twice about opening the envelope, which is obviously the whole point. (…) I wasn’t thinking about it as I was reading it because I was nervous.”
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