For many stars, winning is the end goal, getting one of those golden statues emblazoned with their name, the year, and their achievements. However, over the years, there have been stars who, with varying levels of civility and for a multitude of reasons, have turned down awards or been no-shows at the ceremony.
10 Axl Rose, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2012
9 Marlon Brando, The Oscars 1972
8 Al Pacino, The Oscars 1972
7 Sinead O'Connor, The Grammys 1991
6 Sex Pistols, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2007
5 Depeche Mode, the BRITs 2013
4 Nick Cave, MTV Europe Music Awards, 1996
3 Jay Z, The Grammys, 1999, 2002
2 Bon Iver, The Grammys, 2012
1 George C. Scott, Oscars 1971
The first actor to refuse an Oscar, George C. Scott was a skilled actor who dropped out of college to pursue a career onstage and in film. He's best remembered for his role as General George S. Patton in the war drama Patton, for which he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 1971. But, when Goldie Hawn announced his win, it was the film's producer, Frank McCarthy, who accepted the award and delivered a short statement lauding the academy for its choice. Scott, however, refused the award, explaining that he found the politics behind the Oscars demeaning and decrying the ceremony as "a two hour meat parade".
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