The "Body Party" singer was reading the list of nominees in the "Top Rap Artist" category, along with co-host Ludacris. She smiled and said Drake, Fetty Wap, Silento and Wiz Khalifa before she suddenly stopped speaking as rapper Future's face appeared on screen. Luda, always quick with his words, jumped in to save the day.
The singer, who is currently engaged to football player Russell Wilson, was previously engaged to Future and shares a son, Future Zahir, with the rap star.
We're not sure what this awkward moment was all about, especially since it's hard to imagine Ciara was surprised to see Future's name in the category when he is arguably the biggest rapper in the game right now.
It could stem from the $15 million defamation and slander lawsuit she filed against Future in February, claiming that he is destroying not only her namesake, but also that of her current fiancé. However, Ciara has yet to comment on why she refused to say the rapper's name.
The singer, 30, recently spoke to Essence about her life as a single mother and her breakup with her son's father (she doesn't mention Future's name here either).
"I'd always wanted to have my own family," she explained to the magazine. "My pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility."
The breakup with Future wasn't part of her plan, but she said, "The moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time."
Of course it all seems to have worked out now that she's happily in love and set to marry Russell.
"Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together," she said. "We talk about everything. To me, to both of us, that's the foundation you need for love to flourish and reach its highest place."