20 Epic Performer Stage Trips, Slips and Face-Plants
Being a musician puts you on different elaborate stages nightly, navigating a different space. Because of so many factors, performing can be tricky and result in the occasional accident.
There are a few different types of stage falls: the embarrassing face-plant, the laughable trip, or the more serious injury. Almost every artist has experienced one or all three kinds of falls in their career. Now that social media and camera cell phones exist, most of those moments are caught on camera and shared with the internet.
With stairs, stage lights, darkness, dancers, props, catwalks and a backing band in the mix, it’s a wonder someone can function without errors in the first place.
Below, we've collected 20 of the most epic falls on stage from some of our favorite pop stars. It's impressive how quickly some recovered, and how some incorporated their slip-ups into their choreography!
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco is known for his unreal stage performances, most of which include a signature back flip off a platform or drum kit. On one occasion, Urie fell mid-fall and did a sideways roll on his shoulder after messing up the landing. He still managed to finish the performance with his friend Dillon Francis despite the fall. Urie previously broke his ankle from another back flip fail. Check out the 50-second mark for the actual fall.
During Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour, Swift slid on stage while performing "Call It What You Want." The fall took place during a show outside in constant rain. During the final songs of her show, Swift had a fountain filled with spurts of water which could have also made the stage even slicker. Swift is seen almost tripping over her backup dancer and falling on her rear before "shaking it off" and laughing at the mistake.
Falls don't always happen at your own concert: DJ Khaled learned that you can even fall during another artist's show. Khaled was Snapchatting Usher performing at Beyonce's Formation Tour stop when he backed up onto a crew member and road case at the end of the catwalk.
Aside from concerts, Billie Eilish has fallen a few times on camera while out and about. Fans created a video mashup of seveal falls Eilish has endured, including three on stage. In the videos, Eilish is seen falling over her feet, tripping up over a mic stand but managing to save herself from falling down, and jumping up and down while also falling backwards onto her butt. Everybody has those days!
Harry Styles has been accident prone during his One Direction days, but during his first solo tour he had a gnarly fall. Styles was running around the stage getting the crowd pumped up for his hit, "Kiwi," when he slipped and fell. He made light of the situation and stopped to chuckle and then shake his head.
Blackpink was finishing up their world tour in Osaka, Japan when Jennie tripped on the stairs during their concert. The girls were quick to realize what happened and make sure she was alright. Jennie finished the show, all choreography included. After the concert an image of her ankle wrapped in a bandage was posted, but she was fine in the end. What a superstar!
V of BTS suffered a nasty face-plant during the group's show at New York's Citi Field as part of their Love Yourself Tour. After he fell, members had a good chuckle out of it—aside from Jimin, who took it seriously and made sure he was alright. The show went on and their ARMY was impressed as usual!
Ariana Grande took a spill at her Dangerous Woman Tour stop in Chile. During "Bad Decisions," Grande was dancing and seemed to have tripped on her heels and fell to the ground. Her backup dancer did a dance move dropping low, trying to help her up and make sure she was good to finish the song. Grande finished her performance and giggled to her dancers.
During Camila Cabello's Fifth Harmony days, she took a scary fall during one of their concerts. Cabello was performing "Miss Movin' On" and was beginning to back up when she fell. Her eyes looked like a deer in headlights. The rest of the members smiled and laughed it off. The five finished performing the song without any missed lyrics or moments.
Shawn Mendes almost made it off stage in Germany without any hiccups, but unfortunately fell in front of the staircase to the backstage area. The video shows Mendes' ankle rolling and Mendes trying to grab the railing before falling down the stairs off camera.
Selena Gomez was performing "Slow Down" when she stumbled off the stage onto the lower catwalk while she was jumping up and down to the beat. She played it off by reaching down to grab fans' hands. A dancer walked her back to the main stage to finish her performance.
Louis Tomlinson of One Direction was performing in Australia when he took a slippery fall. He was performing "Kiss You" alongside the group when the wet stage sent him flat on his butt. His mates ran to make sure he was alright before finishing their show.
Chris Brown was performing his hit "Beautiful People" when he slid down a set of stairs on his bum. In his defense, it was almost pitch black aside from his light-up suit and his dancers' bright attire. The crowd was shocked by how "breez-ily" he pulled it off. Check out the video at 3:10 to see the epic fall.
Lady Gaga was wearing tall stiletto heels when she fell on top of her piano's seat. She had one leg on top of her piano, which was on fire, and one leg on the chair when she lost her balance and fell to the ground. Impressively, she sang while on the floor and got right up to finish "You & I."
Drake was performing in the U.K. when he pulled off one of the smoothest recoveries from a fall. He was performing "Take Care" when he backed up and fell over a taller platform in the stage. Instead of falling on his butt, he proceeded to do a backward roll. Bravo, Drizzy.
Justin Bieber was singing a duet with fellow Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen in their native country when Bieber had a fall on his butt! The pair were singing "Beautiful" when he stumbled, causing him to slide down the stairs on his tush.
Even Beyoncé makes mistakes! During a concert, she fell down the stairs. (See the 13 second mark in the video, below.) Queen Bey quickly got up and didn't even acknowledge the fall while finishing the song and concert without missing a lyric.
Rihanna appeared to have tripped over her own feet and heels in this epic fall. The singer was enjoying her performance and dancing when the fall happened. She quickly laughed it off while kneeling on the ground. RiRi then finished the show without any other falls.
Pink is known for her graceful acrobatics and stunts while performing, but a mistake is bound to happen now and again. This fall took place in Germany after she was harnessed in a 360-belt which allows her to soar above the crowd while turning and flipping around. Pink was ready to launch into the air during "So What" when a dancer pushed her off the stage. The pulley system didn't work, resulting in her falling off the catwalk. She stopped singing after the steep fall, telling the crowd, "Oh God, that hurt like a mother f---er."
Demi Lovato was opening up a concert for the Jonas Brothers in Chicago when she accidentally tripped and fell to her knees. Lovato was performing "La La Land" and didn't miss a beat or lyric despite the fall. She performed another line of the song while kneeling before getting up and finishing her set. What a pro!