Idina Menzel and John Travolta Are ‘Buddies’ Despite Oscar Name Debacle


While diehard Broadway fans have worshiped her for years, and "Glee" watchers recognize her as the mother of Lea Michele's character, the average American wasn't familiar with Idina Menzel before this year's Academy Awards. In fact, when John Travolta introduced her at the ceremony to perform the Oscar-winning hit "Let It Go" from "Frozen," the actor completely flubbed her name, introducing her as "Adele Dazeem."

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The massive mistake didn't go unnoticed, and Travolta was teased to no end. In fact Conan O'Brien and David Letterman did hilarious segments on their talk shows about it, #AdeleDazeem trended nationally on Twitter, and "Adele" even got her own Twitter account with thousands of followers.

Luckily, Menzel was a good sport about it all, and saw the silver lining in the situation.

"That threw me for a minute, but then I just got back on track and reminded myself of where I was," Menzel told Billboard about the moment when Travolta said the wrong name. "He was really gracious and sent this gorgeous email, and we're buddies and it's all cool."

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The "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease" star also sent flowers, and Menzel realized that she got plenty of added publicity thanks to the name debacle. "Please. I mean, I've only benefited from it," she said.

Meanwhile, Travolta has had a great sense of humor about it too, and found a way to let himself off the hook. "I've been beating myself up all day," he said in a statement to the Associated Press following the incident. "Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say? She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!' Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy 'Frozen' took home two Oscars."

Now Menzel has become the first Tony Award Best Actress recipient to score a Billboard top 10 hit with "Let It Go." Silver lining, indeed!