ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Each year, artists and actors are honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry in a series of prestigious award ceremonies. And each year, we are forced to sit through hours of acceptance speeches as A-listers ramble on about how immensely grateful they are.

Some celebrities take it a bit too far though, unleashing a slew of comments that raise an eyebrow from audiences around the world. Here are seven examples of acceptance speeches that caused a stir in recent years — I bet it won't come as a surprise that Kanye appears twice:

1. Melissa Leo

[Credit: Oscars]
[Credit: Oscars]

For her role in The Fighter, actress Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress back in 2011. Yet, it was her nervous slip-up that was on everyone's lips. Taking to the podium, she marveled:

“Yeah, I am kind of speechless; golly sakes, there’s people up there too. When I watched Kate two years ago, it looked so f—ing easy!"

Here's the f-bomb dropping moment:

2. Fiona Apple

Clearly Fiona Apple was rather taken aback by winning the award for Best New Artist Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards because at a loss for words, she unleashed a tirade of negativity on the entire audience. Her exact words were:

"The world is bullsh*t. [You] shouldn't model your life about what you think that we think is cool and what we're wearing and what we're saying and everything."


3. Taylor Swift

Back in 2009, Kanye West infamously told Taylor Swift that he would let her finish, but then totally didn't. Mad that the Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards went to 'You Belong With Me' and not to Beyonce's 'Single Ladies,' he left T Swift embarrassed and dumb-founded. Even President Obama called Kanye a "jackass" in an off-the-record comment during a CNBC interview.

Here's the awkward moment:

Thankfully, he apologized a day later when he realized the severity of his comments:

"I'm just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artist or from anyone, because I only wanted to help people...I immediately knew in this situation that it was wrong...It's someone's emotions that I stepped on. It was rude, period."

Of course, that wasn't the end of the beef between these two, but that's a story for another day!

4. Michael Moore

During his 2003 Oscars acceptance speech, Michael Moore denounced President Bush and heavily criticized the US invasion of Iraq. He said:

“We live in a time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it’s the fiction of duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts: we are against this war, Mr Bush. Shame on you, Mr Bush. Shame on you! And anytime you’ve got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up!"

Loud cheers and boos followed, before his words were drowned out by the Oscars background music. Here's the clip:

5. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Girl Interrupted at the 2000 ceremony and all she could talk about was how in love she was with her own brother — naturally, some people started getting ideas:

6. Miley Cyrus

At the 2013 EMAs in the Netherlands, Miley Cyrus once again reminded us how much of a wild child she really was by lighting up a joint while accepting an award for Best Video for 'Wrecking Ball.'

She then went on to twerk with a dwarf.

7. Kanye

At the 2015 VMAs Kanye struck again and made perhaps one of the most outlandish declarations of his entire career:

"Yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

Only time will tell whether Yeezus sticks to his word.

8. Meryl Streep

At the year's Golden Globe Awards, the much-beloved Meryl Streep ruffled some feathers by tearing Donald Trump a new one about his lack of empathy and willingness to pick on the little guy. Naturally, Trump had a good old fashioned rant about it on Twitter hours later like any mature leader would. Bravo!

Which award show moment sticks in your memory?


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