14 Celebs That Award Shows Have Banned, Disinvited, Or Forgotten To Invite Because Of Specific Circumstances

When we think of awards show controversy, we often think of the live, televised moments. But sometimes, there can be a lot of behind-the-scenes drama as well — over the years, celebs have been left off the invite list, disinvited, and even banned from attending certain awards shows.

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First up are the celebs who the awards show forgot to invite:

1.Rachel Zegler shared that she was not invited to the 2022 Oscars, despite starring in West Side Story — which garnered seven nominations:

She was eventually invited and presented — and joked about the oversight — at the Oscars alongside Jacob Elordi.

She was eventually invited and presented — and joked about the oversight — at the Oscars alongside Jacob Elordi.

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2.Despite having a popular song, "Wild Side" featuring Cardi B, Normani revealed on Twitter that the 2021 VMAs hadn't "booked" her:

Here are celebs who say they have been purposely excluded:

3.Janet Jackson said she was disinvited from attending the 2004 Grammys after her wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl:

Justin Timberlake with his hand on Janet Jackson's breast during their Super Bowl show
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4.This week, JoJo Siwa called out Nickelodeon for not inviting her to the Kids' Choice Awards, despite being nominated for Favorite Social Music Star:

5.Miley Cyrus shared a video of her smoking weed at the 2013 EMAs on Instagram with the caption "And we wonder why we don't get invited to award shows anymore."

Now, we'll cover celebs who have been banned from awards shows:

6.Will Smith was banned from the attending the Oscars for 10 years because he slapped Chris Rock across the face at the 2022 Oscars after Chris called his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith — who has alopecia and hair loss — "G.I. Jane."

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock as Rock recoils
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7.Morgan Wallen was banned from the 2021 Billboard Music Awards after TMZ leaked a video of the singer using the n-word:

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John Shearer / Getty Images for Big Loud

8.And the same year, he was banned from the ACM Awards and the CMAs.

9.Godfather II and III actor Carmine Caridi was the first person to be banned from the Oscars in 2004 after the FBI traced pirated copies of movie screeners circulating online back to him. He had received them by being a member of the Academy:

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10.Kanye West was banned from performing at the 2022 Grammys “due to what they deem to be concerning online behavior," according to Kanye's team.

This behavior referred to him posting a screenshot of a Google search of Trevor Noah — who reported on the Kimye divorce — and a racial slur.

This behavior referred to him posting a screenshot of a Google search of Trevor Noah — who reported on the Kimye divorce — and a racial slur.

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11.By vote, the board of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka the Oscars) expelled Bill Cosby in 2018 after he was accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women:

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12.The board simultaneously expelled Roman Polanski, who pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977.

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13.Harvey Weinstein was banned by the Oscars after dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct:

The Academy said Weinstein's actions were

The Academy said Weinstein's actions were "repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents."

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14.And lastly, shortly after Cosby, Weinstein, and Polanski, The Academy banned cinematographer Adam Kimmell, who is a registered sex offender:

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