Execs at BET are apologizing today for “human error” that led to an extremely awkward moment at the network’s BET Awards Sunday night. A music fan chosen to announce the viewer’s choice award had a moment of clear on-camera confusion, leading to a most awkward screwup, announcing the right winner, then correcting herself, naming someone else, before yet a third name was announced. The mistake, officials with the awards show explained, may have been caused by a conflict between what was written on the smartphone in the fan’s hand (taking the place of a printed envelope with a winner’s name) and what was written on the teleprompter in the hall.
As The Washington Post describes the moment, it was pure no-nets TV when the show clearly needed a net:
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!”
The correct answer, ultimately was Chris Brown, but not before the audience booed and gasped and at least one non-winner strolled onstage.
Watch it here, from CNN:
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