Madonna falls over at Brit awards and six more spectacular stage tumbles

The Queen of Pop has fallen into a crowded pool that includes repeat Oscars offender Jennifer Lawrence and even the dark prince of cool, Nick Cave

Poor Madonna. Her first performance at the Brit awards in 20 years and she marked it with a truly stunning tumble. To her credit, the 56-year-old musician smoothly dusted herself off and carried on, proving that nothing fazes a genuine entertainment veteran.

The Queen of Pop is human after all – if you prick her does she not bleed? If her cape fails to untie, will she not tumble down the stairs like a baby in roller skates? Unscripted mishaps are often the highlight of an awards show – if not the entire tedious awards season – offering a peek beneath the bonnet of what is usually such a well-oiled machine. So this list is for Madonna and all those entertainers forced into stilettos or strappy dresses or too-skinny jeans for the sake of art when really they’re just a recipe for a face plant.

J-Law blesses the Oscars steps

In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence made contact with the hallowed steps of the Dolby theatre when she went to accept a best female actor Oscar, for her turn in Silver Linings Playbook. “You guys are only standing up because I just fell and that’s really embarrassing,” she said to a sympathetic audience.

Culprit: voluminous rolls of white dress fabric

Olly Murs is signed, sealed ... and injured

Midway through his cover of Signed, Sealed, Delivered at the 2012 Guilfest, singer-songwriter Olly Murs took a classic Funniest Home Videos-style tumble down the stairs, disappearing behind a black divider. “I’m alive, it’s alright,” an invisible Murs told the crowd.

Culprit: singing on staircases

Naomi Campbell does Bambi

Models going down on the catwalk are a dime a dozen, but perhaps none so stunning as the fall season of 1993 in which supermodel Naomi Campbell graced the Vivienne Westwood catwalk. Watch her most excellent impression of a newborn foal.

Culprit: Geisha-like high heels no human should ever be expected to walk in

Iggy Azalea is not so fancy

Azalea was rapping her song Fancy at an MTV party in 2014, when she took one too many steps backwards and fell right off the stage. The Aussie battler was assisted by security guards back onstage and carried on with the song – giving the cheering audience a sly little smile.

Culprit: in the words of every parent ever, not looking where you’re going

Nick Cave is in the house

At the 2014 ATP festival in Iceland, Nick Cave proved that being the dark prince of cool doesn’t mean you’re immune to taking a tumble. Having just completed an epic onstage thrust session with those slender as a whippet hips, watch Cave go down like the Titanic at the 8.40 mark.

Culprit: that old occupational health and safety issue – the overthrust

J-Law at the Oscars (again)

A year after her first trip up to the Oscars podium, Lawrence stumbled on the 2014 Oscars red carpet after she failed to spot a safety (or not so safety) cone. “They shouldn’t have those laying around, I’m the same colour as a cone,” she said in an interview.

Culprit: forget the cone – Lawrence walking in any long dress


Monica Tan

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Madonna falls, but it was the Brit awards that took a tumble
If the ceremony proved anything, it was that the Brit awards themselves are substantially less interesting than watching someone fall over

Alexis Petridis

25, Feb, 2015 @11:16 PM

Article image
Madonna takes a tumble at 2015 Brit awards
Sam Smith follows up success at Grammys with two awards, while Taylor Swift takes home the statuette for best international female artist

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

25, Feb, 2015 @11:35 PM

Article image
The Brit awards 2015: more thumping inevitability at pop's joyless office party
Surprises are thin on the ground in the Brits nominations, writes Alexis Petridis, but it could never be any other way with awards designed to reward commercial success

Alexis Petridis

15, Jan, 2015 @6:00 PM

Article image
Brit awards 2015: 10 things we learned
From Madonna’s tumble to Kanye embracing grime, here are ten talking points from the Brit awards 2015

Tshepo Mokoena, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Harriet Gibsone and Tim Jonze

26, Feb, 2015 @7:48 AM

Article image
Madonna to perform at 2015 Brit awards
Following months of controversy, the Queen of Pop will take to the stage on 25 February at the annual award ceremony

Guardian music

03, Feb, 2015 @2:25 PM

Article image
Brit awards 2015: 10 things to look out for
Expect Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith to fight it out for the big gongs, Royal Blood to pick up a nod to rock … and Kanye to bring the surprises

Michael Hann, Tshepo Mokoena, Harriet Gibsone and Tim Jonze

25, Feb, 2015 @12:17 PM

Article image
Brit awards 2015: all the performances reviewed, from Kanye to Madonna
It’s the starriest Brits for some time – but will Rihanna be missed? Will everyone play album tracks that no one knows? And will there be enough time for Kanye to go on a rant? Here are all the performances rated and slated

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

25, Feb, 2015 @8:13 PM

Article image
Brit awards 2015: Rumer, Huey Morgan, Jessie Ware etc predict winners
Our panel of past nominees, including Kate Nash and Marvin Humes, discuss the good, the bad and the terminally boring at this year’s Brits

Tim Jonze

25, Feb, 2015 @7:00 AM

Article image
Royal Blood get biggest Brit awards sales boost, One Direction get the smallest
Two days on from the Brits and the trends are clear: perform and see interest swell, win but stay away and the fans won’t go shopping for you

Eamonn Forde

27, Feb, 2015 @10:30 AM

Article image
Mark Ronson wins best British single at Brit awards 2015
The artist and producer picks up the award for his funk phenomenon Uptown Funk featuring Bruno Mars

Tshepo Mokoena

25, Feb, 2015 @9:56 PM