11 of the most awkward moments from the 2020 Grammys

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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From Harper's BAZAAR

From the red carpet to the acceptance speeches, every award ceremony brings with it its fair share of awkward moments - and the 2020 Grammys were no exception.

Here are 11 awkward things that happened:

When Lewis Capaldi got mistaken for a member of staff

Lewis was first-time Grammy nominated for 'Someone You Love' in the Best Song category, and if losing out to Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' wasn't bad enough, he was also mistaken for a seat warmer during the ceremony.

"A lady at the Grammys has just come up and offered to take my seat because she thought I was one of the people who sits in the chairs to fill them when someone gets up to use the bathroom #GRAMMYs," he tweeted to his 927k followers.

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When Nick Jonas performed with spinach in his teeth

The Jonas Brothers took to the stage to perform their new single 'What A Man Gotta Do', but fans couldn't help but be distracted by what looked like spinach in Nick's teeth.

Thankfully he saw the funny side, later tweeting, "And at least you all know I eat my greens."




When Gwen Stefani walked out of a red carpet interview

During a pre-ceremony red carpet interview, Gwen Stefani was asked whether she wanted to hold a Grammy award from the set. "I've already got three, it's fine," she said, before walking straight out of shot. Wow.





When Sharon Osbourne struggled to pronounce the nominees for Best Rap Song

Which is awkward, considering she was picked to announce the nominees for Best Rap Song. "Why would they have Sharon Osbourne presenting any award and she can't even pronounce their names and with a thick accent...Really.. #GRAMMYs," one person wrote, while another added: "Sharon Osbourne announcing these rap songs LOL #GRAMMYs"



When there was someone in the audience with a skeleton mask on

Viewers were left feeling a little spooked when they noticed someone in the audience was wearing a skeleton mask, with one tweeting: "Does anyone else see the dude with skeleton face make-up at the Grammys?? who is he?"

He was later revealed as producer Swizz Beatz's son Nasir Dean, who goes by Note Marcato on Instagram, who has been known to wear skeleton make-up before:



When three-time nominee Taylor Swift skipped the ceremony

Taylor Swift was triple nominated at last night's show, scooping up nods in the Song of the Year ('Lover'), Best Pop Solo Performance ('You Need to Calm Down'), and Best Pop Vocal Album (Lover) categories.

There were even reports that Swift was meant to be doing a surprise performance, with Variety claiming: "Rehearsal schedules for the taping at Staples Center had included one 'TBA' artist that was believed to have been reserved for Swift, possibly performing her most recent album’s feminist anthem, 'Lover,'."

So why did she skip the ceremony? It's unclear, but many are speculating that it might have something to do with the allegations of abuse - or the fact Lover was snubbed for Album Of The Year.

When Ariana Grande couldn't stop swearing on the red carpet

Ariana Grande and her princess gown were bleeped multiple times on the red carpet, because the singer hilariously just couldn't stop swearing.

When Alicia Keys was stage directing Dua Lipa while her mic was on

Presenter Alicia Keys was joined by Dua Lipa on stage to present an award, and was heard stage directing her without realising the camera was already rolling.

"A little closer, a little closer," she could be heard saying, encouraging the singer to edge into the centre of frame a little more.

When Offset wasn't loving Camila Cabello's performance

Camila performed her song 'First Man' during the Grammys, a tribute to her father - the "first man who really loved her" - who was in the audience. And while many viewers both in the room and on social media found the song heartfelt and emotional, Offset didn't quite have the same reaction:

When Grammys mispelled Ric Ocasek's name

During the ceremony, Grammys paid tribute to in memoriam segment to the artists they had lost in the last year, including the Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. Viewers were upset to see his name spelled wrong:



When viewers accused Lil Nas X of lip syncing during his performance

Lil Nas X was nominated for six (six!) Grammys last night, scooping up the awards for Best Music Video and Best Duo/Group Performance for 'Old Town Road' with Billy Rae Cyrus. K-pop band BTS joined the rapper for the second half of the song, but Twitter users couldn't help but call out the singer for what looked like miming:

Ahh, Grammys.

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