Wu-Tang and Soy Bombs at the 1998 Grammy Awards
Kanye, imma let you finish, but ODB had the best stage rush of all time.
In perhaps the most classic example of unplanned award show shenanigans, Wu Tang member Ol’ Dirty Bastard did not take their Best Rap Album loss to Puff Daddy too well. So naturally, when Shawn Colvin went up to accept her Song of the Year award, he rushed the stage and gave a heartfelt speech:
“Please calm down. The music and everything. I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money today cuz I figured Wu Tang is gonna win. I don't know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best. I want you all to know that this is ODB, and I love you all, peace."
1998 was an eventful year for the awards, featuring not one, but two stage rushes. During Bob Dylan’s Grammy performance in 1998, a different kind of performance hit the stage. Performance artist Michael Portnoy jumped on the stage with “Soy Bomb” written on his chest.
He later explained “Soy Bomb” as a two-word poem: “Soy represents dense nutritional life. Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, 'soy bomb' is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life!”