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Rebels and non-conformists always pushing the boundaries — musicians never like to play by the rules.
Jarvis Cocker
"My actions were are form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. The music industry allows him to indulge his fantasies because of his wealth and power, " explained Cocker.

Jarvis Cocker's stage invasion

What exactly happened?

It was the 1996 BRIT music industry awards and the highlight of the show was a performance by the king of pop, Michael Jackson. Due to a spur-of-the-moment decision by Brit Pop icon Jarvis Cocker, Jackson's performance of 'Earthsong' would become another iconic moment in rock history.

Jackson's performance that evening has been described as "slightly over-the-top". Dressed in a Christ-like white robe surrounded by worshiping children and clergy, Jackson's stage persona could be described as eccentric at best, and delusional at worst. Cocker, allegedly on a dare, and later admitting he was probably a little too drunk for sensible decision making, decided to rush the stage with a friend in order to derail Jackson's performance.

Once on stage Cocker began joking around, lifting his shirt over his head and pointing his fully covered backside at Jackson. Drama ensued as security tried to remove him from stage and in the intervening scuffle three children were injured. The BritPop star was arrested and spent the next few hours in a police station before being released.

What was all the fuss about?

Though pop musicians are generally a secular bunch, Jackson's messianic portrayal of himself hit a sour note amongst portions of the crowd. Jarvis recently admitted his motivation for the stage invasion, saying, "it was distasteful; really s**t. But you can do that crap when you're famous. You can do anything when you're famous. That's why famous people are so dumb".

What were the consequences?

Cocker's actions were both celebrated and condemned. The tabloids incorrectly claimed Cocker pushed children offstage, while the British music press called for the popstar to be knighted for his iconoclastic actions.

In a statement soon after the incident Cocker put his actions into context, explaining, "My actions were are form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. The music industry allows him to indulge his fantasies because of his wealth and power. People go along with it even though they know it's a bit sick. I just couldn't go along with it anymore. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision brought on by boredom and frustration."

It was 11 years before Cocker was allowed to return to another BRIT awards and while the 2007 event passed without any major Jarvis-related incidents, the stage invasion still generated controversy. Ex-Blur frontman and Gorillaz's Damon Albarn recently said of the event, "I found it really disturbing when he pulled his pants down in front of Michael Jackson — that just seemed really wrong. If someone is sick, he's not open to ridicule."

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Looks like Ariana Grande doesn't mind getting her hair wet.

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It's an instant pulse-racer! Check out the music video sneak peek above…

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Best friend ever? Katy Perry flies 70 pals to Paris for 30th birthday celebration MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Oct 28 2014 9:35AM

It's been a huge week of celeb birthday parties, with Kim Kardashian's 34th in Vegas and Kelly Osbourne's Rocky Horror-themed 30th in LA… but Katy Perry's 30th really takes the (birthday) cake.

The pop diva flew 70 pals to Paris with hardly any notice, because, well, YOLO.

Katy had been holidaying in Marrakech, Morocco on a break from her Prismatic world tour when she booked a last-minute private plane for her friends and boyfriend Diplo, New York Post reports.

So why the big rush? Katy wanted to keep her b'day details "low key" after her plans for a trip to Egypt were leaked to the public. Sigh, we guess Paris will do…

The 'Birthday' singer and co touched down in the City of Lights on Sunday night, with the star apparently laughing and taking selfies with her 35-year-old DJ beau on the tarmac.

"They piled off the flight, her friends, assistants, her whole camp," an eyewitness told New York Post. "She flew all of her friends out, all on her dime."

Within hours, Katy, Diplo and a party posse of around 20 ate at Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower. When in Paris…

By early Monday morning, Katy and Diplo flew out again as he had gigs booked in San Jose and Las Vegas. Talk about a jet-setting lifestyle!

The pair were first rumoured to have hooked up in April, but it's all a bit awkward since he's expecting a bub any day now with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. They also have a four-year-old son, Lockett... how awesome would it be to say Katy Perry's your stepmum?

We hope her Paris party antics looked something like this...

Now let's compare Katy's birthday with Kim Kardashian's 34th bash in Vegas...

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