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Black Eyed Peas Accidentally Given Best International Group Award

At France’s NRJ music awards show yesterday, the Black Eyed Peas were, uh, accidentally announced as the winners of Best International Group. But no one came on stage to pick up the award—I guess even the Peas themselves were not under the illusion that they’re “best group” caliber. The presenters realized their mistake and re-awarded the prize to German band Tokio Hotel. The Black Eyed Peas did win the award for best international song for “I Gotta Feeling” though, so that was hopefully some consolation. [NY Daily News]

I feel kinda bad for the Black Eyed Peas. It’s kinda like that time when my mom wanted me to cry in a home movie, so she gave me a biscuit and then took it away from me. But at least they’re not the only ones who’ve been falsely awarded. After the jump are some award snafus from the past.

  • Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on its website that Anne Hathaway was getting a Golden Globe for “Rachel Getting Married,” two days before the Golden Globes. It was reportedly a website technician who indicated the win—which actually went to Kate Winslet for “Revolutionary Road”—and the HFPA apologized, though apparently only four people know the outcome before the announcement at the awards ceremony. But I think we can all agree that Anne totally deserved an award for her performance in “Bride Wars.” [Hollywood Chicago]
  • Also at the French NRJ awards, in 2008, Katy Perry was mistakenly awarded Best International Song. Apparently this time there was a mistake in vote counting, but Katy still said, “You love me, you really love me” while accepting her award, even though Rihanna‘s “Disturbia” played while she walked up, as Rihanna was the intended winner. [Telegraph]
  • At the 2002 Video Music Awards, something truly amazing happened. Since the awards took place on Aug. 29, Michael Jackson‘s (and my) birthday, MTV decided to have Britney Spears present Michael with a giant birthday cake. During her speech, Britney said that she’s a huge fan and he was the “artist of the millennium.” So … thinking that he’d just been presented with an award called “Artist of the Millennium,” Michael came on stage and gave an acceptance speech where he talked about growing up in Indiana and what an honor the award was. Even though it was a total mistake, everyone gave Michael a standing ovation afterward anyway. [MTV]
  • When Marisa Tomei won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “My Cousin Vinny” in 1992, rumors swelled that the presenter Jack Panace couldn’t read Vanessa Redgrave’s name and blurted out Tomei’s since she was the last nominee he’d announced. Other theories: that perhaps he was stoned or had a crush on Marisa. None of this was true though, because even if a presenter reads the wrong name, PricewaterhouseCoopers reps are instructed to stop the show and announce the correct winner. So although she legitimately won the Oscar, her win was tarnished by all the smack talk. Is it so hard to believe that “My Cousin Vinny” is one of the best movies ever? [Nerve]
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