Musicians can be on top of the charts one day and in the tabloid headlines the next. When they make mistakes, they aren’t always given second chances by the public. Here are some musicians who ruined their careers in a matter of seconds.
Lil Wayne is certainly a wordsmith in his lyrics, but in 2013 he may have gone just a little too far with one of his turns of phrase. On the remix to the Future song “Karate Chop,” he compared his performance doing a lewd act to the beating of Emmett Till.
Wayne earned plenty of ire for this line. Till was an African-American boy who was killed after being accused of whistling at a white woman in 1955 when he was just 14. In a lengthy apology, the rapper responded,
“I have tremendous respect for those who paved the way for the liberty and opportunities that African-Americans currently enjoy. As a business owner who employs several African-American employees and gives philanthropically to organizations that help youth to pursue their dreams my ultimate intention is to uplift rather than degrade our community.”
Wayne also promised not to perform the song and support the record label’s decision to remove the song from the airwaves.
In 2013, the music world was Miguel’s oyster. He was the new kid on the block with the megahit song “Adorn.” But with so much hype surrounding him, he might’ve gotten a little too cocky. While he was performing “Adorn” at the Billboard Music Awards, he attempted to jump over a pit of fans from one stage to another. Unfortunately, he failed to make it fully across as he crash landed on some fans. An audience member named Khyati Shah claimed that she was kicked in the head during the fall and suffered cognitive difficulties as a result.
“That night of, and the day after, I was-”
“You looked mortified.”
“I was definitely, like, worried about the girl. More than anything, worried about the girl.”
It was also claimed that Shah suffered from memory loss and wasn’t able to sit for her final exams. Her attorney threatened to sue Miguel, who at the time didn’t give any monetary help toward medical bills. Two years later, a second injured fan, Cindy Tsai, sued the singer and the MGM Grand Hotel, where the event took place. She asked for payment of medical bills and lost wages. Since the infamous leg drop, Miguel’s performances have been much tamer, and there’s also been less chatter about his career.
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Miguel | 1:07
Janet Jackson | 2:15
Billy Squier | 3:29
Lee Ryan | 4:36