I Gotta Feeling’ The Black Eyed Peas Are Upset About NRJ Award Mix-up
Posted Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:38am PST by Billy Johnson, Jr. in Hip-Hop Media Training
Did the Black Eyed Peas jinx itself Saturday night when the group opened France’s NRJ awards with its No. 1 anthem, “I Gotta Feeling?”
Even though the song predicts that “tonight’s gonna be a good night,” it actually turned out to be embarrassing for the hip-hop pop act that was mistakenly announced as the winner of the best international group honor, the New York Daily News reports.
Fortunately, the Peas did not take the stage when presenters Ke$ha and French choreographer Kamel Ouali accidentally called the group’s name.
The German rock band Tokio Hotel was the actual winner.
After realizing the error, Ouali apologized. He said that the information card was confusing because it listed the winner and the other nominees. The crowd booed.
Ouali acknowledged the crowd’s annoyance, and blamed NRJ for listing all of the candidates on the card.
See Ouali’s apology in the clip below. Even though the outtake is in French, you can hear Ouali say “sorry,” and the crowd’s negative reaction.
The Black Eyed Peas did not go home empty handed. They did win the best international song award for “I Gotta Feeling.”
Last year, NRJ, France’s most prestigious award show, mistakenly awarded Katy Perry the best international song that was slated for Rihanna.
Hopefully, the Black Eyed Peas will have a better night back home in the U.S. at the Grammys next Sunday.
They are up for six awards, including two of the biggest categories, Album and Record of the Year.