Grammys stage-crasher reveals his entry plan
February 12th, 2013
01:51 PM ET

Grammys stage-crasher reveals his entry plan

Jennifer Lopez's quick reflexes saved Adele's Grammys acceptance speech from being interrupted by a stage-crasher.

J.Lo, who flirted with CBS' standards rules in a gown that skimmed her bikini line on one side, presented the pop solo performance category along with Pitbull.

As CBS cameras pulled back to show Adele climbing the stage to accept her award, viewers at home saw a mystery man standing on stage to Lopez's right, clapping along with the crowd.

Lopez was visibly confused by his presence and quickly blocked him from getting closer to the just-announced award winner by gesturing that he make an exit.


The apparent fan has reportedly been identified as Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian TV personality. He's said to already be famous for trying to kiss Will Smith at a movie premiere and subsequently getting slapped, as well as handing Madonna that bouquet of hydrangeas that she hated.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sediuk nearly accepted Adele's Grammy for her before making a hasty exit from the stage. Once he did, security working the Grammys got a hold of him and Sediuk was arrested for trespassing.

Sediuk, 24, told THR that he entered the Grammys without any tickets, and then found a seat in the second row behind Justin Timberlake. And this is with the beefed up security, which was put in place as an extra precaution on Sunday in light of the manhunt for ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Sediuk explained to the magazine's website that his media outlet didn't get credentialed, so he went with friends who had access. Because no one checked how many tickets his party held, Sediuk slipped in.

He hit the press line first before trailing behind Katy Perry, of all people, through the gates to the Staples Center.

"They checked my pockets but never asked to see a ticket," he said.

The idea to rush the stage, Sediuk added, wasn't pre-planned. "Adele is my favorite singer," he told THR. "So when I heard her name, I came up with this idea to go up on the stage and say what I said. … I pretended this was an award for me, and then I said, 'Thank you, Adele. You’re my inspiration.'”

Filed under: Adele • Awards Season • Celebrities • Grammys • Music • television

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