UPDATE: Nearly 8 million viewers caught the live premiere of the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26. That makes it the second most watched telecast in BET history -- behind only the same trophy show in 2009 which had honored Michael Jackson and clocked nearly 11 million fans.
In addition to one of the greatest gaffe’s in trophy show history, the 2011 BET Awards on Sunday had featured performances and appearances by LaLa Anthony, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, The Artist Now Known as Diddy-Dirty Money, Drake, Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Bruno Mars, and Nicki Minaj.
BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill is taking credit for the “confusion” over the winner of the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award at Sunday night’s BET Awards.
Here’s what happened:
When it came time to announce the winner of the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award, for fave video, that honor went to one Tiffany Green, a gorgeous, leggy woman who herself was the winner of the BET Your World/Our World contest.
(Green’s name may be spelled “Greene,” depending on your source.)
As winner of the BET Your World/Our World contest, Tiffany was the “lucky person” invited “to experience the magical world of the BET Awards” and the opportunity to present “one of the most mesmerizing awards of the night.” Tiffany had apparently turned in the best glimpse into her “magical, mysterious, mundane or even downright funny world” revealing through photos and/video, what her life is like on any given day.
She came out dressed in an iridescent minidress and looked like a million bucks. And, like all the other presenters, when she walked out on stage at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, she was carrying a smartphone, off of which to read the winner’s name.
The Shrine crowd, and viewers at home, had been told the presenters would use smartphones, instead those pesky envelopes that always embarrass presenters, because they’re too hard to open.
Among the competitors in this year’s Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award derby were Chris Brown and Rihanna -- who, as you know, used to be an item, until he was charged and pleaded guilty to felony assault in 2009 for having to having thwaped her around after a pre-Grammy party.
When it came time for lovely Tiffany’s close-up, she looked at her smartphone.
She squinted at the teleprompter.
Tiffany appeared confused – as though they contained conflicting information.
What would Tiffany do?
“And the winner is – Chris Brown?” Tiffany finally said, but without any real conviction.
But, before Brown could walk up on stage to accept, Tiffany corrected herself:
“I’m sorry – Rihanna!”
Rihanna was not in the hall; Drake, the featured artist on her video, accepted the trophy.
Only, at the end of the trophy show, the host, comic Kevin Hart, announced that Chris Brown had won that derby --- not Rihanna.
Now, you or I might think that was the end of the story.
But Tiffany takes her responsibilities as winner of the BET Your World/ Our World Contest very seriously. And so, after the whole horrible ordeal was over, to clear things up with her many fans, she tweeted:
“Bawling backstage…They totally [had sex] me up… The tablet [having sex] said CHRIS BROWN….the TELEPROMPTER said Rihanna. What the [have sex in all-capital letters]?????? Goin home.”
After which, BET suit Hill tweeted, “That BET Awards Viewers Choice mix-up was due to human error. And I was the human that made that error. I apologize to ALL affected.”
Lovely Tiffany graciously accepted his apology, tweeting, “So BET did that on purpose. Oh. I feel better.”
And a star is born.
(Tiffany, as we write, is still a Trending Topic on Twitter, the next morning.)