The Black Eyed Peas were left stunned at an awards ceremony in France on Saturday night (23Jan10) - after their prize for Best International Group was withdrawn following an error.
The group opened the night at the NRJ Awards in Cannes, France with a performance of I Gotta Feeling, and later picked up the Best International Song trophy for the hit track.
And they were delighted when pop star Ke$ha took to the stage with French choreographer Kamel Ouali to announce they had also been crowned Best International Group.
But the band's celebrations came to an abrupt end when Ouali returned to the microphone to admit there had been an error - and he had read out the wrong name by mistake, handing the award instead to German rockers Tokio Hotel.
The news, which drew boos from the star-studded crowd, follows a similar mistake last year (09) when Katy Perry accepted the trophy for Best International Song, which should have gone to Rihanna.
The Umbrella hitmaker was also one of the big winner's at this year's show, picking up the award for Best International Female, but her evening was marred by an on-stage slip during her performance of Russian Roulette. The singer fell off a platform at the end of the song, but quickly picked herself up and walked away, apparently unhurt by the fall.
Other winners at the ceremony included British pop star Robbie Williams who was named Best International Male, and also accepted an honorary award for his contribution to music. Beyonce received a similar prize for her outstanding achievements.
The homegrown winners included the cast of musical Mozart l'Opera Rock, who won best French group, song and breakthrough for Florent Mothe, and dance artist Christophe Willem, who won best French male and best album.
The night also saw performances from Williams, Jay-Z, Mika, Michael Buble, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland.