The Grammy Awards is one of the music industry's most prestigious ceremonies. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences hosts the event each February in Los Angeles, awarding recognition to artists from a wide variety of genres. Since it is a celebrity-studded affair, the Grammys often set the stage for controversial incidents sparked by the musical elite. Get into the Grammy Awards spirit by reliving some of the biggest shockers of previous years.
1. Jennifer Lopez's shocking Versace dress (2000)
In 2000, Jennifer Lopez gave "low cut" a whole new meaning. She took the stage to present the first award of the evening in a green Versace dress with a sheer skirt and plunging neckline. The deep V-neck was so low that it exposed her belly button, and the sheer skirt was slit up to epic heights. Although the dress would hardly shock audiences more than a decade later, viewers in 2000 talked about the getup for weeks after the ceremony ended.
2. Bruce Springsteen's anti-war protest (2006)
Right smack in the middle of the George W. Bush administration, when the Iraq War was at its height, Bruce Springsteen, who has never been afraid of getting political, took to the stage with a performance of "Devils & Dust", channelling 1960s protest singers like Bob Dylan. At the end of the song, he shouted, "Bring 'em home!" Although this clear anti-war sentiment won him praise from the political left-wing, Republicans were not impressed.
3. 'Soy Bomb' during Bob Dylan's performance (1998)
Bob Dylan's 1998 performance started off just like any other televised musical number, but it quickly spiralled into a bizarre piece of performance art. As Dylan played his song, "Love Sick", a man named Michael Portnoy ran onto the stage and tore off his shirt, showing the audience a message painted on his chest, "Soy Bomb". Audiences all over the world wondered if Portnoy was trying to send some kind of message about vegetarianism, but he claims it was a piece of performance art. Dylan kept on playing throughout the "art installation".
4. Elton John and Eminem's duet (2001)
Elton John and Eminem performed a duet of Eminem's hit song, "Stan", during the 2001 ceremonies. Slim Shady performed his own rapping parts, and Elton John took over Dido's vocals. Critics praised the duet, but fans of both artists were not impressed. Elton John's socially liberal fans were shocked that the openly gay singer performed with a rapper who was famous for his homophobic lyrics, and Eminem's fans questioned the performance as well. The networks were also not happy, as Slim Shady defied sensors and cursed during the performance.
5. Pink's barely there jumpsuit (2010)
A decade after J-Lo's plunging neckline, Pink took the shock factor a step further in a "jumpsuit" that just barely covered her up. The suit was nothing more than a few white straps covering her body and some well-placed clusters of glitter. Many viewers criticised her lack of "family values", and CBS, the network that airs the Grammys in the U.S., increased its censorship standards for the following years.
How to watch the Grammy Awards in Australia
The Grammy Awards usually airs on a Sunday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in the United States, which means that it hits Australian television screens at 12 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time on a Monday. Foxtel has the rights to broadcast the event, usually showing it on its Fox8 channel. Australians can also watch pre-awards and post-awards coverage on channels like V Music.
Fans of the Grammys can watch the pre-ceremony red carpet and awards show solo or get a few friends together and throw a Grammy party. Hosts can set the mood with a few of the year's nominated hits, a red carpet dress code, and music-themed decorations and snacks.
How to buy Grammy Awards party supplies on eBay
If you want to host your own Grammy Awards party, shopping on eBay is a great way to find the right party supplies. You can find decorations, serving dishes, cooking supplies and other party essentials. To find the items you need, use search terms that include the type of item you want and any other important details, such as colour, style, and size. You can then use filters to narrow the results by criteria such as brand, price range, and shipping options. In addition to paper plates and napkins, collectors can also find Grammy Award memorabilia, as well as music memorabilia.