While every televised event is prone to plenty of unplanned moments, the evening’s award for most Grammy gaffes has to go to the night’s big winner, America’s country sweetheart Taylor Swift.
Swift set the blunder bar high during a particularly off-key duet with industry veteran Stevie Nicks–who herself seemed to struggle with hitting the high notes. But in what was undoubtedly the clumsy climax of the evening, butterfingered Swift broke one of her Grammy trophies. While attempting to pose with all four of her awards for photographers backstage, the 20-year-old songstress dropped one of them, smashing it into pieces.
Taylor’s night might have been salvaged by her Album of the Year win, but seeing Beyoncé’s disappointment written all over her face and the look of outright disdain from Lady Gaga likely put a damper on her big moment.
That said, Swift was certainly not alone in her awkwardness; the following stars kept her in very good company:
Carrie Underwood may have looked picture-perfect as she walked the evening’s red carpet, but one thing was conspicuously missing from her ensemble: her fiancé, Canadian-born hockey player Mike Fisher. While the rumor mill immediately started churning, Fisher was merely waiting for Underwood at the entrance to the theater. Underwood delicately deflected the speculation by saying she was just trying to “ease him into” her world. “I can’t feed him to the wolves,” Underwood told E!’s Giuliana Rancic.
Beyoncé, on the other hand, surprised the crowd with an out-of-character peek into her personal life by thanking her “husband” Jay-Z during her acceptance speech for Best Female Vocal Performance. The couple, who wed quietly in 2008, rarely acknowledge their relationship in public. Jay-Z looked a little stunned by the high-profile mention of his marital status.
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