Flat Rock, Michigan native Tiffany Green became an overnight celebrity over the weekend when she announced the wrong winner of the 2011 BET “Viewers Choice Awards”. While reading the winner from a Sprint Evo Tablet, she announced that the winner was ‘Chris Brown Look At Me Now’ before looking up at the teleprompter and saying, ‘Oh I’m sorry, The winner is Rihanna What’s My Name’. The mix up made her an instant trending topic on twitter and the subject of speculation of whether the mix up was done on purpose for days.
Hot 102.7′s Big Greg interviewed Tiffany earlier this week and she explained how the ‘mix up’ happened as well as whether she felt as though it was intentional.
On the tablet it said, Viewers Choice Awards. There was a little button and all I had to do was push the button and the winner’s name popped up. There was a stage manager to the left of me and in the midst of me reading Chris Brown’s award he’s telling me ‘Read The Teleprompter! Read The Teleprompter’ so I looked up and squinted a little and that’s why I paused. I was like “That says Rihanna, Who won?”.
I was upset, I’m gonna be honest with you. It was humiliating to me. It’s not like I’m a celebrity and I can redeem myself at another award’s show. I was a contest winner. This was my only opportunity to cherish this and it got messed up.
When asked if she thought that the mistake was done on purpose, contrary to what she posted on twitter the night of the show, she told Big Greg that she didn’t think it was done intentionally.
I don’t think it was a set up. There was speculation about that because of who the nominees where and the confusion but I don’t think BET needs to do anything like that for publicity. I think it as an honest mistake and it’s unfortunate that it happened during my moment.
We caught up with Insider Host Kevin Frazier at a recent event and he shared with us his thoughts on the BET Awards mix up:
You know what’s interesting people see TV and stuff like that and they say “One day I want to be a host, I want to go out there and do it.” It’s different when you’re standing there in front of all those people and the cameras are on you and the lights are on you and there’s a little mix up because we [as hosts] really get paid to handle the chaos. We don’t get paid when it’s easy and you can do stuff, we get paid to handle the chaos. I think there was a little bit of a mix up and as a host you always know if it’s not right, you stop and you turn and YOU ask. You don’t say anybody’s name; you don’t do anything like that. They cleared it up and in the end it’s okay but it was a little crazy.