"And the winner is . . ." presenter Tiffany Green said while squinting at the teleprompter. "Chris Brown?" Before Brown, 22, could claim his win, Green quickly corrected herself. "I'm sorry . . . Rihanna!"
Since Rihanna, 23, was not in attendance, Drake (the featured artist in her "What's My Name" video) accepted on her behalf. "Well, this is awkward," the rapper, 24, told the audience.
BET's President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill, later took credit for the gaffe, telling his Twitter followers: "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."