The awkward cheek-kiss has plagued mankind for decades.

Pull it off smoothly, and you can end up looking like the coolest man in the room. Fuck it up, however, and you can end up with a restraining order and a lifetime's supply of crippling self-loathing.

This week, Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder committed the cringe-inducing crime on stage at the Teen Choice Awards while trying to land a peck on hot pop songstress Ariana Grande...

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Ariana must feel bad. After all, she's been through it all before

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Other celebrities have failed just as spectacularly, including 50 Cent...

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Even serial smoothster Bill Clinton has suffered it, although you're bound to look the loser when Obama's involved…


And this Tour De France cyclist's itchy neck routine isn't fooling anyone


As it turns out, the rich and famous are just rubbish at greetings in general...

Here's John Mayer desperately trapping Kanye West into an all-consuming hug of failure


And here's Stephen Merchant giving Joseph Gordon-Levitt a lesson in cool 


And even Ben Afleck's crap at it. Here he is meeting John Kerry...


But however bad things get for you, just remember this: You will never be as awkward as Ryan Seacrest trying to high-five a blind guy.


 So you've got that going for you.