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Phoebe Bridgers’ smashed SNL guitar raises over $100,000 for charity


Phoebe Bridgers has auctioned off the guitar she smashed during her Saturday Night Live performance in February for over $100,000 as part of a fundraiser for The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

Bridgers’ memorable performance caught headlines after the singer tore through two blistering renditions from her triumphant latest record, Punisher, performing singles ‘Kyoto’ and ‘I Know The End’ at Studio 8H. Bridgers’ version of ‘I Know The End’ captivated the awe-struck audience at 30 Rock. Supported by a seven-piece band, Bridgers lost herself in the moment, and the barnstorming performance of the album closer resulted in sparks flying and a smashed-up guitar.

Speaking to CNN following the performance, Bridgers commented on why smashing a guitar on SNL was something she’s always dreamed of doing. She explained: “I’ve always wanted to do it and when I mentioned it to the show, they built me this whole monitor that would look like it was exploded even if I wasn’t hitting it that hard. So yeah, just a bucket list thing.”

The stunt received lazy criticism from commentators stating that smashing the guitar was an unsavoury move, even though rock stars have been famously breaking the instrument since the beginning of time.

Bids on the guitar were open until April 11th, with the eventual winning bid standing at $101,500. GLAAD provided two photos of the instrument showing that the guitar appears to be missing a large chunk from the side, but it’s still relatively intact apart from that and remains a piece of rock history.

A spokesperson for GLAAD confirmed to Variety that the bidder wished to remain anonymous.