The Most Controversial Moments In Grammy Awards History

Jackson Sawa | February 5, 2019 4:30 pm

Since 1959, the Grammy Awards, presented by The Recording Academy, have been recognizing musicians from various genres for their accomplishments that year. As with any award show, there always have been and always will be disagreements among musicians and fans about who should have won a particular award. However, the Grammy Awards are also a breeding ground for some of the most awkward, shocking, and downright strange moments in the music industry. Read on to see some of the most notable throughout the history of the award show and decided for yourself which is the most bizarre.

The "Soy Bomb" Incident

Soy Bomb
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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

At the 1998 Grammys, performance artist Michael Portnoy was hired as a background dancer during Bob Dylan’s rendition of his song "Love Sick." While he was supposed to just sort of dance in the background, it was clear that Portnoy had different plans.

Once on stage, he jumped to the front and took off his shirt, revealing the words "Soy Bomb" written on his chest. He then began flailing his arms around until he was finally removed by security, to the relief of a now-annoyed Dylan.