Apparently Rihanna and Chris Brown haven’t split in some people’s minds. The hosts at BET Awards mixed up the winners Rihanna and Chris Brown twice, during the festivities. Here’s how it happened:
Chris Brown was the spoiled star at the BET Awards, being awarded five trophies. However, one of his awards went for a few seconds to Rihanna. At the end of the festivities, host Kevin Hart announced an awkward mistake: the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award that went to Rihanna and rapper Drake was actually Chris Brown’s.
Earlier in the show, another error occurred, having the same protagonists: former couple Rihanna and Brown. This time he winner was announced by presented Tiffany Green who was a little amazed herself. “And the winner is…” she said while looking at the teleprompter; then she continued, a little confused “Chris Brown”? But just a few seconds later, before the supposed winner got up to claim his trophy, Green she corrected herself: “I’m sorry … Rihanna!”
The singer wasn’t present so the award was received by her featured artist in the “What’s My Name” video. He accepted the trophy on her behalf not missing the chance to mention the awkwardness of the moment.
Later on, Stephen Hill, who was BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials took the blame saying he made the errors. He wrote on his Twitter page: “That BET Awards Viewers Choice mix-up was due to human error. And I was the human that made that error.” He then apologized to all the people who were affected by the mix-up.
Rihanna, 23, dated singer Chris Brown, 22, starting 2008. Their relationship has been described by the media as “dangerous” and “toxic” since Brown has been charged with assault on his girlfriend in February 2009. One month later the media reports stated the couple had officially split.