When Adele took the stage to accept her Award at the 2012 Grammy ceremony last week, she discovered that someone had beaten her to the punch. Notorious entertainment journalist and prankster Vitalii Sediuk approached presenters Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull to take the trophy. No-nonsense Lopez ordered Sediuk off-stage as he shouted, “It’s such an honor to receive this award!” Adele merely gave him a bemused glance as security escorted him off-stage.
Sediuk apparently entered the awards ceremony by walking right past security despite having no credentials. He took a seat intended for Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, and rushed the stage when Adele’s award was announced. Sediuk was charged with trespassing and spent the night in a Los Angeles jail cell.
This is far from his first celebrity prank. In 2011, he approached Madonna during a press conference to present her with a bouquet of hydrangeas. This led to her viral “I loathe hydrangeas” reaction. What viewers didn’t know is that Madonna has mentioned in interviews that she does not like the flower; Sediuk chose them hoping to get a reaction from her, and hit gold.
He was a little less lucky when he approached Will Smith at the Men in Black 3 premiere. Sediuk leaned in to plant a wet kiss on Smith’s cheek, and was immediately repaid with a sharp slap across the face.