No Thanks! Stars Who've Declined Big Awards
Because sometimes you just have to say no.
1. Tina Turner
When Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, Tina refused to turn up to the ceremony. By then she had forged a successful solo career and no longer wanted to be associated with her abusive ex-husband. Picture: PA
2. Paul McCartney
The Beatles were inducted to the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 which would have been their first public appearance together since 1966 but alas, it wasn't to be. Minutes before the ceremony started, Macca released a statement saying he wouldn't be appearing due to a legal battle with the band. "I would feel like a hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion" Paul said. Ouch. Picture: PA
3. David Bowie
Bowie twice refused honours from the Queen - first he turned down a CBE in 2000 saying "I seriously don't know what it's for", and then he refused a knighthood in 2003. Not one to conform to social conventions, Bowie just didn't see the point. Picture: PA
4. Marlon Brando
In 1973, Brando won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role of Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather' but he famously sent Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather to the event in his place. She refused the award on his behalf reading out a statement which outlined his disappointment over the way Native Americans were being treated in Hollywood. Picture: PA
5. John Lennon
The Beatles were awarded CBEs in 1965 but John returned his in 1969 as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigerian Civil War and the government's support of the Vietnam War. Picture: Getty Images
6. Aretha Franklin
Aretha was a no-show when it came to being inducted to the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The plan was for the singer to be inducted by Keith Richards who had produced and performed on Aretha's version of 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' but she didn't turn up.
7. Van Morrison
Van has had many battles with the music industry over the years so it was no surprise that he didn't turn up to be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame in 1993. However, he did send a polite decline. Picture: Getty
8. Sinead O'Connor
In 1991, Sinead boycotted the Grammys and refused her award for Best Alternative Album. She cited the extreme commercialisation of the awards as her reason. Picture: PA
9. Neil Young
Neil was first inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1995 but refused to attend Buffalo Springfield's induction in 1997. In a letter to the event's organisers he said “The VH1 Hall of Fame presentation has nothing to do with the spirit of Rock and Roll. It has everything to do with making money." Keep on rockin' in the free world Neil.