BET Awards ‘In Memoriam’ Mistakenly Shows Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

Willie Brown BET Awards (Credit: Twitter)

The 20th annual BET Awards were full of memorable moments, but there’s probably one segment BET producers would like to forget.

The awards show mistakenly included former San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown Jr in its “In Memoriam” tribute to celebrities who passed away in the last year.

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Brown, 86, is a living legend in Bay Area politics and he’s still alive. Instead, the show’s producers meant to show former Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders cornerback Willie Brown, who died in October at age 78.

Brown, the politician, was San Francisco’s first Black mayor and served in the office from 1996 to 2004. He also spent 15 years as speaker of the California State Assembly.

By the time the segment re-aired for West Coast viewers, the mistake had been corrected and former NFL player Willie Brown’s photo was included.