3. Phoney Vanilli, 2009
Milli Vanilli couldn't blame this one on the rain: the German duo with a string of hits in the late '80s won the 1990 GRAMMY for best new artist, but the celebration didn't last long. In November of that year, it was revealed that singers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan hadn't sung at all -- the two were merely the faces on the cover of the multi-platinum debut album. For the first and only time ever, a GRAMMY Award was revoked. When asked by reporters how they expected anyone to take them seriously, Pilatus just laughed and said, "Ha! Good question."
2. Bob Dylan Gets Soy Bombed, 1998
Vegetarian terrorist? Spanglish Egomaniac? When a backup dancer decided to take center stage during Bob Dylan's 1998 performance of his GRAMMY nominated "Love Sick," he made GRAMMY history. Ripping off his shirt to reveal the puzzling phrase "Soy Bomb" scrawled across his bare chest, the gyrating performer got away with almost 40 seconds of spastic dancing on national television before security realized something was amiss -- and straight-up wacky. Even Dylan himself barely gave him a scowl. The dancer was lucky that his GRAMMY explosion didn't cost him; NARAS declined to press charges.
1. Whitney Houston Dies on GRAMMYs' Eve, 2012
The night before the 2012 GRAMMYs, just hours before Whitney Houston was set to hit the stage at a pre-GRAMMY party, the legendary singer was found dead, underwater in a Beverly Hilton hotel bathtub. The oft-acclaimed vocalist had famously battled drug addiction, though she'd appeared to be sober in the days leading up to the weekend that she drowned. Toxicology reports would later reveal that she had several drugs in her system. The news of Whitney's sudden passing immediately rocked the music world -- from industry and musical peers to fans everywhere -- and it certainly cast a somber shadow over the usually celebratory weekend. But the show went on. Host LL Cool J opened the GRAMMYs with a unscripted prayer for Houston. And later in the show, Jennifer Hudson got a standing ovation for her heartbreaking, heartfelt performance of Houston’s, signature song, “I Will Always Love You.”