Chris Brown really was BET Awards' viewers' choice; fan Tiffany Greene chills out
Chris Brown was the viewers' choice winner at the BET Awards on Sunday night -- and then he wasn't. But it turns out he actually was, despite Drake having come onstage and accepted the trophy for his "What's My Name" collaboration with Rihanna.
Winners' names were being read off tablet computers instead of the traditional envelopes, and presenter Tiffany Greene, a fan who'd won a "106 & Park" contest to announce the winner, got tripped up by "human error," a BET exec said after the show.
Greene was "bawling backstage" at the Shrine Auditorium and blaming BET, she tweeted Sunday. By Monday, however, the 23-year-old had regained her composure, thanking the network for the opportunity and explaining via Twitter, "Last night I was tweeting backstage out of pure emotion and nerves. I actually feel a lot better today and the kind words have truly helped."
Brown, who also took home the awards for male R&B artist and best collaboration, with Lil Wayne, was brought out on stage at the end of the show by host Kevin Hart, who clarified it all for the record: Brown was the viewers' choice winner, as well as the FANdemonium pick, given to the artist with the "livest fans."
Steven Hill, the BET president in charge of music programming and specials, took responsibility for the gaffe. "That BET Awards Viewer's Choice mix-up was due to human error," he said late Sunday on Twitter. "And I was the human that made that error. I apologize to ALL affected."
So, with that all cleared up, there's time to address a more important question: What was up with that collar, Breezy?
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Tiffany Green, left, onstage at the BET Awards; Chris Brown backstage in the pressroom at the Shrine Auditorium. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters; Jason Merritt / Getty Images