The 20 Biggest Live Flubs of All Time

The secondhand embarrassment is real.

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When events are broadcast live, anything can happen—including some embarrassing flubs. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to ever happen on live TV.

Nipplegate

In 2004, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Millions tuned in for the performance and saw Jackson's live "wardrobe malfunction."

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'La La Land' is mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner

The 2017 Academy Awards marked a first—when it came time to announce the Best Picture winner, the wrong film was read, thanks to an envelope mixup. The cast of La La Land rushed the stage before Moonlight was announced as the true winner.

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Steve Harvey announces the wrong Miss Universe winner

Speaking of the embarrassment that comes with announcing the wrong winner on live TV, Steve Harvey knows all about that. In 2015, he mistakenly announced that Miss Philippines had won the Miss Universe pageant—and then had to take it back moments later.

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Olly Murs almost eliminates the wrong 'X Factor' contestant

Announcing the wrong loser can be just as bad as announcing the wrong winner—something Olly Murs learned the hard way when he almost sent the wrong contestant home on X Factor in 2015.

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Jennifer Lawrence trips at the Oscars

In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence took home the Academy Award for Best Actress. As she made her way to the stage for her big moment, she tripped.

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John Travolta mispronounces Idina Menzel

The 2014 Oscars had another memorable mistake. When John Travolta introduced Idina Menzel, he hilariously mispronounced the Broadway legend's name.

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Ashlee Simpson lip syncs on SNL

During a 2004 performance on Saturday Night Live, Simpson was caught lip syncing when a pre-recorded track of the wrong song began playing. She awkwardly danced on stage before running away from the embarrassment.

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Mariah Carey's New Year's Eve technical difficulties

When Mariah Carey took the stage to ring in 2017 on New Year's Rockin' Eve, technical difficulties led to an undeniably awkward performance. Carey returned the following year and redeemed herself.

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Michael Jackson accepts an imaginary award

In 2002, the MTV Video Music Awards happened to take place on Michael Jackson's birthday. To celebrate the occasion, MTV arranged for a birthday cake to be wheeled out on stage and presented to the music legend. When Britney Spears presented him with the cake, she referred to him as the "artist of the millennium." Jackson misunderstood and thought he was being given an Artist of the Millennium award (which did not exist) and went on to give an acceptance speech.

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Brooke Shields gives up at the Tony Awards

When Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Tony Awards in 2011, he tried to bring Brooke Shields in on his opening number. The actress flubbed her part of the song several times before just giving up.

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Christina Aguilera sings the wrong lyrics during the National Anthem

Christina Aguilera sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLV in 2011. The pop star nailed the vocals, but flubbed a lyric, saying "what so proudly we watched" instead of "o'er the ramparts we watched."

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Kendall Jenner almost says "One Direction" when introducing 5 Seconds of Summer

At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Kendall Jenner was tasked with introducing 5 Seconds of Summer, but she flubbed and started to say "One Direction" instead. She laughed hysterical on air and called herself "the worst reader."

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Salma Hayek and Paul Rudd struggle with teleprompter issues

During the 2013 Golden Globes, Salma Hayek and Paul Rudd shared the stage to present the award for Best TV Drama. Things got awkward when it was clear that the teleprompter wasn't working though.

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Kathie Lee Gifford asks Martin Short how his dead wife is doing

In 2012, Martin Short stopped by Today to promote his film, Madagascar 3. During an interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Gifford asked Short about his wife and how they kept the spark alive, not realizing that Short's wife had passed away two years prior. Short didn't call attention to the gaffe on the air, but it was cringeworthy for anyone who knew the truth.

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David Letterman's weird "Oprah, Uma" moment

When David Letterman hosted the 1995 Oscars, he made a very, very awkward joke about Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey and it's painful to watch.

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Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs nominates "Dick Poop"

When announcing the 2015 Oscar nominees, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs accidentally mispronounced Dick Pope as, well, you get it.

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KTLA reporter Sam Rubin mistakes Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne

During an interview with KTLA to promote the 2014 reboot of RoboCop, Samuel L. Jackson was very awkwardly mixed up with Laurence Fishburne by the reporter.

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A microphone glitches during Lady Gaga and Metallica's Grammy performance

Lady Gaga and Metallica teamed up for a high-octane duet at the 2017 Grammy Awards, but Metallica frontman James Hetfield was reportedly very unhappy after the mic glitched during the performance.

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Miss Utah says we need to "create education better"

During the interview portion of the 2013 Miss USA beauty pageant, Marissa Powell, aka Miss Utah, was asked about income inequality. Her answer was all over the place and ended with a call for America to "create education better."

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Rashida Jones is complemented for being "tan" on the red carpet

When Rashida Jones walked the SAG Awards red carpet in 2015, TNT's Danielle Demski complimented the actress on her "tan."

"You look like you've just come off an island or something," Demski said. "You're very tan. Very tropical."

Jones' (perfect) response: "I mean, you know, I'm ethnic."

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