Battle Of The Ish You Should Not Wear: The 13 Worst Celebrity Performance Outfits
Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.
After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”
Toni Braxton is quite comfortable on the stage. Singing for audiences since the 90’s, Braxton suffered a rare mishap on stage recently in New Brunswick, NJ. In town for a performance, the “Unbreak My Heart” singer was ready to give her all. Unbeknownst to her, because of a wardrobe snafu, Braxton’s backside was completely exposed. A gentleman in the audience was kind enough to inform Braxton that she was flashing the crowd every time she turned around and lent the Grammy winning singer his jacket so she could cover up.
After starring in VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” last year, K. Michelle’s career has experienced a resurgence. Now in popular demand, K. Michelle continues to book gigs across the country. It was one of her recent performances that brought the Memphis singer attention, but not in a good way. Taking to the stage at the Shrine in Chicago a few weeks ago, K. Michelle’s pants were just a tad too tight, causing a huge camel toe to form right in her crotch, giving the audience members a lot more to look at than what they paid for.
As one third of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland has toured the world ten times over. After the group split up, Rowland embarked on a solo career and two years ago she was hot on the promo trail with a new album and the hit song “Motivation.” Dressed in a risqué top complete with leather straps, Rowland hit the stage in West Orange, New Jersey for a performance but wound up flashing the crowd with not one but both of her nipples. Rowland continued to perform before she noticed the blunder and adjusted herself.
It’s been a while since Kanye West toured solo. After he dropped his Yeezus album earlier this year, West hit the road complete several different sets, numerous outfit changes and even an actor resembling Jesus. But when he hit the stage in Seattle, it wasn’t the over the top set that fans were talking about. Dressed in a mask and leather pants, the “Stronger” rapper proved too be too strong for his pants. Tearing at the inseam, West’s pants wound up with a gaping hole. Luckily West has on a pair of black underwear so his family jewels weren’t exposed.
Lady Gaga has always given her all to her fans and her little monsters love her for it. But during a performance in Vancouver, Canada a few years ago, Gaga shared a bit too much of herself. Donning a black one piece, the “Born This Way” singer twirled around and revealed a HUGE split in her pants. Not realizing her backside was exposed Lady Gaga continued on with the show as if nothing happened.
When she takes to the stage, Nicki Minaj embodies another persona completely with her bright costumes and colorful wigs. But when she appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” as part of their Summer Concert Series two summers ago, Minaj’s outfit made headlines, but for a totally different reason. While bopping up and down, the Young Money rapper’s green sports bra slid down exposing her left breast, nipple and all. After a few beats, Minaj realized all of America was gazing and popped herself back in and continued on with the performance.
Normally Katy Perry can do no wrong but when she appeared on this year’s American Music Awards, her outfit sparked an outcry. While she wore a beautiful strapless dress on the red carpet, the “I Kissed A Girl” singer donned a different getup for her performance. Against a backdrop of floating lotus blossoms, Perry wore a cleavage-bearing low-cut kimono. She also had white powder on her face. Perry’s geisha-inspired performance was met with a lot of backlash but she has yet to comment.
Christina Aguilera and her powerful voice were tapped to honor the late great singer Etta James at her funeral in January of 2012. Although Aguilera wowed the crowd and moved everyone to tears with her rendition of “At Last,” people couldn’t help but notice a trickle running down her leg. Turns out the “Stronger” singer sprayed a bit too much spray tan on her legs before it was time to hit the stage.
Who can forget Miley Cyrus’ 2013 MTV VMA performance with Robin Thicke? While most were shocked that Cyrus was twerking on a married man on national television, her outfit also caused mouths to drop open. Dressed in a furry one-piece bathing suit with a cat on it for her first song, a skinny Cyrus stripped down to a nude colored halter-top and matching boy shorts for her duet with Thicke.
Normally Rita Ora makes a smart choice when choosing an outfit to hit the stage in but the British songbird missed her mark earlier this year. Tapped to perform at the Lytham Proms Festival in the UK, Ora had a very interesting outfit. With apparently a boxing theme in mind, the “How We Do” singer took a page out of Jay Z’s book and was decked out in all black. Rocking leather pants, gloves, crop top and a Louis Vuitton leather jacket, Ora even had a giant gold belt around her waist to resemble a championship belt.
While Mley Cyrus was the talk of the town after their MTV VMA performance, singer Robin Thicke experienced his own mea culpa a month later. In Las Vegas for the iHeart Radio Music Festival, Thicke was in the middle of his performance when he started to give the fans a little more than they bargained for. The “Blurred Lines” singer was red faced when a button popped off his shirt exposing his midriff. After fixing that minor problem, Thicke had another one on his hands when his pants became unzipped. Thicke laughed off the incident at the end of his performance with presenter Ryan Seacrest.
During her heyday Venus Williams dominated the tennis court — and also raised a few eyebrows when during her performance on the tennis court she decided to switch up the typical tennis skirt with flesh tone undies underneath that many thought was her bare bottom.