Nellywas tasked with honoring Kane Brown at the CMT Artists of the Year on Oct. 13, 2021. He took the stage at the event to introduce Kane to the stage, but it wasn’t long before he completely flubbed up his lines. While attempting to read the teleprompter, Nelly struggled to keep up with the text as it scrolled across the screen. He had to stop mid-speech to ask the teleprompter operator to slow down.
Then, after a few more moments, he faced another hurdle as the text he was attempting to read was too small. Rather than trying to power through it, Nelly stopped his entire introduction completely and joked about the small font and his bad eyes. The operator scrolled backwards so that Nelly could start over and give Kane the introduction he deserved from the very beginning.
Naturally, the conversation on Twitter blew up after Nelly’s mistake. “Whoever let Nelly talk on TV needs to be fired,” someone wrote, while another person added, “Bro, someone needs to check on Nelly after that.” Of course, many had sympathy for Nelly, too, with one fan tweeting, “I get it. I struggle seeing far away, too.” Luckily, Nelly seemed to be able to take it in stride and didn’t seem too embarrassed!