January 2nd, 1990: Slash and Duff Curse Up a Storm at the AMAs|
G N' R won two awards at the 1990 American Music Awards, and both times that Slash and Duff McKagan hit the stage, they caused the censors to have an appetite for the delay button. When the band snagged the Favorite Heavy Metal Album award for Appetite for Destruction, Slash's effusive speech was cut off after he offered up his perception of the awards show's general scene: "We'd come down, we'd hang out, it'd be two hours and shit." Later in the show, when Guns N' Roses received Favorite Heavy Metal Artist, a more inebriated Slash dropped the f-bomb a few times — although he did say "oops" contritely (and twice) after his first one. "We have received many calls during the telecast and this morning protesting the fact that the program contained offensive language," said an ABC spokesperson the next morning.