Thank God for J.Lo and that ferocious thigh! A Grammy-crasher nearly spoiled Sunday night’s festivities, but luckily Jennifer was on the case and he barely made it onto the stage before she cast him to dust.
The drama happened early in the telecast when J. Lo and Pitbull announced Adele as the winner of Best Solo Pop Performance. As Adele made her way on stage to collect her award, this asshole pops up out of nowhere, threatening to destroy the world.
Thankfully, Jenny from the Block sent him packing with little more than a dismissive glance. Thus is the power of Ms. Lopez. And, all the while, Pitbull and Adele were oblivious.
Don’t worry. The Grammy crasher is a harmless fruitcake … a Ukrainian TV personality that we’ll call Mr. V in order to avoid giving him direct publicity … the same one who tried to give Will Smith a frenchie at the Men In Black 3 premiere in Moscow last May. Evidently, this dude was attempting some form of misguided Sasha Baron Cohen-style ambush of the amazing Adele, but the spectacle was so quick and contained that it wasn’t evident in the live telecast and it cost him a night in jail … during which he hopefully got his ass kicked.
As he rushed onto the stage, the crasher, Mr. V (who in profile looks like a young Ray Romano with horn-rims) said:
“It’s such an honor to receive this award. … I love you, Adele.”
Interviewed after his release from jail, Mr. V admitted that he didn’t have a ticket or even a press pass to the Grammys, but he went with friends who did have tickets and he entered along with them, unimpeded by security. Supposedly, he chatted up a few celebs and then strolled right down the red carpet.
“First I went to the media line and interviewed quite a few celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman. …Then I just followed one girl in a green dress through the [Staples Center] gates. They checked my pockets but never asked to see a ticket. Only once I was inside the building did I realize, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Katy Perry!’”
Once inside, he went ahead and helped himself to an empty seat in the second row behind Justin Timberlake. As it happens, he was stealing Adam Levine’s seat, but, because Adam is a cool guy, he didn’t make a fuss and just plopped down on the floor. (At this point, I’m curious why Adam’s date didn’t notice and surprised that there aren’t ushers or assistants manning the VIP rows … but what do I know?)
According to Mr. V, it was not his intention to go on-stage, but he got swept up in the moment.
“The idea to go on the stage came up at the last second. To be honest, Adele is my favorite singer. So when I heard her name, I came up with this idea to go up on the stage.”
Following his burst on-stage, Mr. V was held backstage by security and then transported to the police station where he was charged with trespassing and held overnight in jail.
At least he kept his hands to himself this time. No one really gives a shit about Will Smith anymore … so that incident was mostly news because of the gay-ish slap Will gave him … but if he had attempted to tongue-kiss Adele, he would have been swiftly murdered. In his interview, Mr. V explained the purpose of his obnoxious behavior.
“My purpose is to entertain and to show a different emotion of celebrities. … I’m not a crazy guy. I just think differently.”
Perhaps it’s the language barrier, because I’m pretty sure when he says “I just think differently” what he actually means is “I’m an imbecilic twat.”