Sunday night’s 2011 BET Awards Show was filled with amazing live performances, heartfelt acceptance speeches and that one strange moment when a trophy was mistakenly handed out to the wrong artist.
When “106 & Park” hosts Terrance and Rocsi brought contest winner Tiffany Green onstage to announce the Viewers’ Choice Award, Green, like all the other presenters of the night, read the winner from a tablet PC, instead of doing the traditional envelope-opening. At first, she called out Chris Brown as the victor , but then she backtracked and gave the trophy to Drake for his collaboration with Rihanna, “What’s My Name?”
“Well, this awkward,” said Drake to start his acceptance speech, after his and Rihanna’s name appeared on the video screen. But then it turned out that the intended recipient was Chris Brown after all, and as the show neared its end, BET cleared up the confusion and brought Breezy out to accept the award.
An embarrassed Green took to Twitter and said, “Bawling backstage. They totally f—ed me up.”
In a classy move, BET President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill took full responsibility for the snafu. “That BET Awards Viewer’s Choice mix-up was due to human error,” he said in a tweet. “And I was the human that made that error. I apologize to ALL affected.”
It was just a single blemish on an otherwise event-filled show, which featured performances from Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Bilge, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé, who performed remotely from the Glastonbury festival in England.