Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk might only be known as that guy who crashed Adele’s award acceptance speech at the Grammys — and spent the night in jail for it. But he has given Hollywood Reporter an inside scoop about how — and why — he got into the music award ceremony, which he wasn’t invited to in the first place.
Sediuk explained to Hollywood Reporter that he didn’t get press credentials for the Grammys but attended with friends who had tickets, which weren’t thoroughly checked upon entrance, letting him get into the Staples Center following “one girl in a green dress” (Katy Perry).
Sediuk sat in the second row in what he thinks was Adam Levine’s seat, positioning himself well to just beat Adele to the stage, although it wasn’t something he planned on doing, Hollywood Reporter stated.
Here’s more on what happened with regard to Adele’s acceptance speech crashing:
Sediuk insists he had no plans to mount the Grammys stage: “The idea to go on the stage came up at the last second. To be honest, Adele is my favorite singer. So when I heard her name, I came up with this idea to go up on the stage and say what I said. … I pretended this was an award for me, and then I said, ‘Thank you, Adele. You’re my inspiration.’”
It all happened so quickly that security and bodyguards failed to react — but Lopez, who was startled but composed, handled the situation deftly, pulling Sediuk away from the microphone and gesturing him offstage with a thumb.
“I don’t remember her [facial] expression, but I remember someone pulled me. When I saw the video, I realized it was Jennifer Lopez,” Sediuk says. After he walked backstage, crew and security were ready for him — and weren’t pleased.
“People were quite angry. I felt very nervous — this will sound funny — and I asked for water. And one guy was so furious, but he brought water. Then police guys took me to a room and asked a lot of questions about how I got inside,” he says.
“My purpose is to entertain and to show a different emotion of celebrities,” Sediuk says, adding, “I’m not a crazy guy. I just think differently.”
Watch JLo give Sediuk the “get lost” symbol in this video:
Here you can see Sediuk’s brief words at the microphone ahead of Adele’s speech:
(H/T: Drudge Report)