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Y Kant Kendall Read? 10 Hard-to-Pronounce Band Names

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I didn't watch the Billboard Music Awards last weekend, because why would I? Even so, it was hard to avoid the news about Kardashian sibling Kendall Jenner's flubbing an intro:

The 18-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star botched her introduction of Australia's boy band, 5 Seconds of Summer, at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday.

As she read the teleprompter, she initially looked poised and confident, but then something went wrong. Suddenly Jenner got tongue-tied and tried to laugh off her embarrassment.

"And now we welcome, one..." she said before trailing off and bending over giggling

Jenner's been linked to One Direction's Harry Styles, which might explain her inability to tell one collective of smirking teenage dipshits from another. But reading about it, I could only breathe a sigh of relief she didn't have to introduce any of these bands.

Jamiroquai Genre: Pop-funk-dance-jazz How It's Pronounced: "Dju-mir-ŭ-kwai" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Jamie Lannister," "Yamquat," "Jabberwocky" (the last one assuming Jenner has ever read Alice in Wonderland, or any book, for that matter)

Lykke Li Genre: Swedish dream pop How It's Pronounced: "Licky Lee" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Like Lie," "Lala," "Licky Boom Boom Down"

Lykke Li - Sadness is a Blessing (Director Tarik Saleh) from Lykke Li on Vimeo.

INXS Genre: Oz rock How It's Pronounced: "In Excess" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Eye Enn Ex Ess," "Incubus," "In Times S"

SBTRKT Genre: Dubstep How It's Pronounced: "Subtract" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Sabre Tooth," "Star Trek," "I don't remember the alphabet, you guys."

Bon Iver Genre: Sotto folke How It's Pronounced: "Bone Eevair" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Bone Ivory," "Bon Scott," "Bo Jackson"

BON IVER "Holocene" from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Sunn O))) Genre: Drone metal How It's Pronounced: "Sun" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Sunny D," "Soon-Yi," "Sun O'Smileys"

Die Antwoord Genre: Boer-hop How It's Pronounced: "Dee Ahnt-voord" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Die Ants!" "Diane Words," "The Bart, The"

Einstürzende Neubauten Genre: Industrial How It's Pronounced: "Ayn-shtu-tsend-ŭ Noy-bow-ten" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Ernie Newcastle," "Ayn Rand," "[drops microphone, cries]"

Einsturzende Neubaten - 'Sabrina' from Richard Simpson (Music) on Vimeo.

Sigur Rós Genre: Crypto-rock How It's Pronounced: "See-yur rōs" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Cigarillo," "Seagull Roast," "Five Guys"

Gotye Genre: One-hit wonder How It's Pronounced: "Gawt-yay" Possible Kendall Jenner Pronunciation: "Got Ya," "Goat Yiff," "God is Dead, The Beast With Seven Heads Is Risen"

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