Madonna takes a tumble at Brit Awards: 11 other epic onstage spills

Singer Madonna falling during her performance at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb 25, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Singer Madonna falling during her performance at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb 25, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Singer Madonna, wearing a black cape, performs at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb 25, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Singer Madonna, wearing a black cape, performs at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb 25, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Pop queen Madonna sent out a cautionary tale to all cape-wearing aspirants when she suffered a bad fall while wearing a black Armani number at the Brit Awards on Wednesday.

While she was not seriously hurt, the episode quickly became the perfect fodder for netizens who poked fun at the embarrassing tumble.

Here are 11 other unscripted topples worth watching - and wincing at.

1. Katy Perry

While singing her hit song I Kissed A Girl live at MTV's Latin American Awards in Oct 2008, Perry bizarrely decided to jump on a giant cake. Watch how she morphed into S-katy Perry and slipped not once, not twice, but thrice.

2. Justin Bieber

Beliebers all over must have experienced a heart-in-mouth moment after witnessing their idol take a nasty slip down a long flight of stairs. Bieber was performing a duet with fellow Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

3. Beyonce Knowles

But the king - or rather, queen - of staircase falls belongs to Queen Bee herself, who slid face-first down some steps when her long red coat got caught on her heel during a 2007 concert in Florida. Ouch.

4. Britney Spears

Cowboy hat-wearing Spears was presumably trying to work up the crowd by doing jumping jacks while performing at a concert in Japan. Then this happened.

5. Adam Lambert

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make falling unintentionally look intentionally cool. The American Idol alumnus appeared to trip over a step at the 2009 American Music Awards (AMA), but recovered admirably by launching into a graceful-looking roll.

6. Pink

The So What songstress, known for her high-flying stunts and acrobatics, landed herself in hospital in Nuremberg after a faulty harness caused her to fall from high above the stage. She was performing on the Germany leg of her 2010 Funhouse tour and was thankfully unhurt.

7. Jennifer Lawrence 

Just what is it with the Hunger Games star and her affinity to go all weak-kneed at the Oscars? First, J-Law tripped and kissed the steps as she was walking up to collect her Best Actress Award in 2013. Then, it was that ditzy-looking tumble on the red carpet the following year.  

8. Lady Gaga

She might be extremely prone to falling, but it wasn't hard to pick the best one of the lot from her extensive highlight reel. Check out how she was unceremoniously dumped on her back after faling off a piano at a 2011 Houston concert.

9. Taylor Swift

The country-turned-pop singer is no stranger to landing on the floor too. Her latest spill came in September last year at a private show in Minneapolis, when she lost her balance and hit the deck.

10. Helen Mirren

The most recent high-profile tumble could probably win an award for being the most dignified, and who else to pull it off than the ageless Helen Mirren? The decorated British actress, wearing a flowing green gown, stumbled at the Berlin premiere of her new film earlier this month but still managed to look effortlessly elegant.

11. Iggy Azalea

It was a close fight between Azalea and Rihanna for the coveted last spot, but the rapper edges it by virtue of falling completely off the stage at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards concert last year.

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