Adele’s Grammy win was slightly interrupted by a “random fan” who has finally been identified.
Vitalii Sediuk was identified as the prankster who stepped to the microphone as Adele made her way to the stage to claim her Best Pop Solo Performance from Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. You’ll remember this Ukrainian prank-loving reporter as the publicity hound who was slapped by Will Smith after trying to kiss him at the Russian premiere of Men in Black 3.
Sediuk was arrested on Sunday for crashing the 55th Grammy Awards, after he managed to make it to the main stage to mumble a congratulations to Adele. She British songstress shot him a confused look before Lopez brushed him out of the way. He quickly walked off the stage behind her.
So how the heck did Sediuk get in? MSN reports that he apparently snuck past security at the Staples Center event in Los Angeles and managed to cinch a seat in the second row, which had been reserved to Adam Levine. Levine was late to the Grammys, so Sediuk filled in, jumping up to the stage when it was announced that Adele had won.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sediuk was detained shortly after exiting the stage and arrested by security. He’s set to appear in court for trespassing next month.
Here’s the video of Vitalii Sediuk crashing Adele’s Grammy win. It pauses for a moment right at the o:02 mark:
And here’s his explanation for how he pulled off his Grammy invasion: