BET Awards Gets Ratings Boost Amid On-Stage Snafu

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The BET Awards drew 7.7 million viewers on Sunday night, up from 7.4 million last year, as Chris Brown took the most honors and the wrong name was announced for the viewers’ choice prize.

The ceremony — which aired live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium — is traditionally one of cable channel BET’s most-watched events. The 2009 awards, which occurred soon after the death of Michael Jackson, is still the record-holder at 10.7 million viewers.

Brown won four prizes including the viewers’ choice prize, but the announcement was mired in a teleprompter snafu. A lucky fan chosen to reveal the winner read out Brown’s name, then apologized and said Rihanna had won. Host Kevin Hart clarified a little later that Brown was in fact the rightful winner.

The fan, Tiffany Greene, became an instant Twitter celebrity, initially excoriated by the masses for her alleged error and then deluged with sympathy after it emerged that BET had blundered.

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