April 13th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

For your entertainment: The best stage falls

Lady Gaga’s tumble during a Houston concert was a nasty one, but she’s definitely not alone.

Steven Tyler’s wipeout during a 2009 performance caused Aerosmith to pull the plug on the rest of their summer tour, and a pregnant Alicia Keys struck fear in the hearts of her audience members at the 2010 Essence Music Festival when she stumbled on stage.

But then there are the live performance, on-stage spills that become YouTube gold. Here are six of our favorites – did we miss any of yours?

1. Beyonce goes for a dive in Orlando

Of course, no recount of infamous falls is complete without a mention of this diva dive. Beyonce was descending stairs during her concert in Orlando in 2007 when her heel got caught in her coat and she flew face-first onto the stage. She recovered quickly, going right into a headbang to shake it off. Despite jokingly asking the audience to not post the footage to YouTube, attendees did it anyway, and it's been known as "the fall" ever since.

2. Christina Aguilera goes down at the Grammys

Christina Aguilera seemed to pour salt into a performance wound when she couldn't stay upright at the Grammys this year. The week before, she'd been taken to task for botching the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner," and after performing a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the awards ceremony, the only thing anyone could remember about it is that Aguilera could be seen falling, even as the camera panned to the audience.

3. Jennifer Lopez's "Louboutins" fail her

"Jenny from the Block" was ready to give a knockout performance at the 2009 "American Music Awards," but after launching into a jump from the back of one of her dancers, Lopez found herself on her famous bottom instead of her feet.

4. Mariah Carey's Singapore slip

Mariah Carey's love of towering heels is well-known, but she had to reconsider her devotion during a 2010 performance in Singapore. After falling and quickly recovering, she called for an assistant to come and remove the perilous footwear before any more slip-ups.

5. Katy Perry kissed a cake; couldn't get back up

We like to think of Katy Perry's disastrous recovery after falling at the 2008 MTV Latin American Awards as a cautionary tale: Do not, we repeat, do not, fall into a cake while under bright, hot stage lights and wearing ballet shoes. It'll end with you leaving the stage on your hands and knees.

6. Michelle of Destiny's Child 'Soldier's' on

Much like Beyonce's Orlando fall, the tumble her former group mate Michelle Williams took when Destiny's Child performed on BET in 2004 is just as memorable. The ladies strut out as their single "Soldier" cues up, and down goes Michelle. Neither Kelly Rowland nor Beyonce attempt to help, although they do pause just long enough to see Michelle hit the floor before moving right into their routine.

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    May 29, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Randi

    I wish J. Lo would have broken her neck.

    May 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gina

    I am not surprised with the 7 inche heels those gals wear. I the can definitely do major damage such literally "break a leg" ( is that where that saying came from?) thanks for looking http://usedbooks4cash.blogspot.com/

    May 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AJ

    Yeah. Michelle's fall I was watching and remember. I was pretty ticked they didn't help that girl at all and just walked over her like she wasn't there. Wild. Kelly look like she felt bad but Beyonce just looked like she was thinking I can't wait til I ditch these lames which she did by the next year.

    May 8, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. vincy

    good luck!!

    May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. laughingsohard

    Michelle falling on stage with no help from the bunnies....PRICELESS..lmbo! Good point djmc32:

    April 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. djmc32

    Yea,you gotta learn to spell before you start calling anyone racist.see,thats how its spelled. Racist. Try it yourself now.....good! Now hit the books and don't have any kids until your brain starts working.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. B lo me

    @i cant believe its not butter let tell u a secret the 1st crackhead i ever saw was white no lie

    April 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. i cant belive is not butter

    I think this article is pretty raceist,,,why are they pickn on beyonce and other black artist . What are they trying to say ? That black artis are hiii on crack wile they are up on stage?... shame on you all!!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. ANNIE

    I was disappointed that P!NK did not make the list... Has any one seen the wipe out she had when her aerobatic bungee cord slung her off stage during a concert... That one should take first prize if you ask me...

    April 14, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. i cant belive is not butter

    J ello

    April 14, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. i cant belive is not butter

    Hmmm her butty jiggled like yello whe she hit floor

    April 14, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. kcv

    The award goes to Beyonce...she had the best fall (face first) and recovery......I remember when Michelle fell....I felt so bad for her!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew

    Mariah was a few months pregnant when this happened

    April 14, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. steven malchiodi

    Well entertainment is entertainment so aslong as we are entetained whats the difference? Also christina aguilera has performed our anthem on more than one occasion without incident so its not she did it to be antiamerican or anything it was a foul up remember she has a divorce and other persoanal issues looming give her a break.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. Zorro

    This is a trippin' story!

    April 14, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  18. kristin

    they're ppl too and its great that some can laugh it off and move on

    April 14, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. Triumph

    CNN....This is a very interesting article......

    April 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Hmmm...

    Lady GaGa has had numerous falls. What's up (or down) w/ that ?

    April 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  21. whisper

    Dr. Drews HLN show ratings from show one to show two was epic

    April 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |

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