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The 5 Most Awkward Moments at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards



Listen, we know it's hard to pull off a live televised event. It requires countless hours of planning and preparation to make sure everything goes smoothly on the big night. Unfortunately, there's no accounting for celebrity interference.

For the most part, Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards went off without a hitch: the audio was great, the performances were plentiful, and people seemed to be having a great time. Still, the ceremony had its share of awkward happenings, including a few innocent mistakes (that we're too snarky to let slide), and a couple of brow-furrowing moments that the producers should have seen coming.

Check out the five awkward moments, then let us know which made you cringe in our comments.

Miley Swears on Live TV

Despite knowing, in advance, that she would be accepting the award for Top Streaming Artist, Miley Cyrus still decided to punctuate her speech with a four-letter word. "Thanks for making this **** happen," said Cyrus while appearing live (via satellite) from her concert in Manchester, England. Later, from the same arena, Miley and Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips performed a cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," which was a bit awkward in and of itself:

Kendall Jenner Can't Read

The second-youngest Kardashian sister took the stage to introduce 5 Seconds of Summer, an Australian boy band that'll soon be touring with One Direction. Kendall apparently got confused, however, and began to introduce them as One Direction, but stopped herself and doubled over in laughter/embarrassment. She then told the crowd that she's "the worst reader," before pretty much giving up and throwing to the segment. (Jenner later claimed on Twitter that she misread the teleprompter because she wasn't wearing her contacts.)

Robin Thicke Begs His Wife to Take Him Back

It's sweet that Robin Thicke really wants his wife back, but it's starting to seem like he's more interested in making us aware that he really wants his wife back. "All right, you got to help me try to get her back now," he told the crowd before debuting a new song called "Get Her Back," featuring lyrics that read like a rhyming apology letter. He again referenced Paula Patton while accepting the award for Top R&B Song, thanking her for "putting up" with him.

The World Cup Commercial Opening Number

ABC decided to open the show with a musical performance of "We Are One," the official World Cup Anthem, as performed by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. They all looked great (and sounded decent enough), but the song was entirely forgettable. (Brazilians, too, seem to hate the song.) Furthermore, the performance came off more like a World Cup commercial, which isn't that strange seeing as ABC is also slated to broadcast the game in America.

The Samsung Phone-velopes

We get the need for sponsors, but was it necessary to make the presenters read winners' names from smartphones? Samsung's product placement couldn't have been more obvious — and therefore annoying. We admit that phones are great for a variety of tasks, but in this instance, they're a much dumber (and more expensive) substitute for paper and envelopes.