MTV Europe Music Awards 2000

   

by Aneta Tadeusiak


Madonna Madonna and Eminem were the big winners at the 7th Annual MTV Europe Music Awards held on 16th November at Stockholm's Globen Centre. Madonna took home Best Female as well as Best Dance Act statuettes, while Eminem received Best Hip-Hip and Best Album awards.

Other winners included Jennifer Lopez (Best R&B Act), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Best Rock), Backstreet Boys (Best Group) and All Saints (Best Pop). Despite his five nominations, Robbie Williams received only one statuette, Best Song for "Rock DJ." Whilst on stage he said, "I am not going to say anything bad about people's choices on this one, but I think it's a terrible song and a silly song."

The show was hosted by Fugees' Wycelf Jean, who presented a variety of stars and outfits, including one comprising of boxer shorts only, after he jumped into the crowd and had his red leather suit ripped from him.

U2 gave the opening performance with their latest No. 1 hit, "Beautiful Day." Other artists playing on stage included the Spice Girls ("Holler"), All Saints ("Pure Shores"), Madonna ("Music"), Backstreet Boys ("Shape Of My Heart") and Robbie Williams, accompanied by Kylie Minogue ("Kids"). The most spectacular appearance was probably by Jennifer Lopez, who literally landed on stage in an aeroplane. The performace was a world premiere of her new song, "Love Doesn't Cost A Thing", taken from her forthcoming second album, "JLO".

Ricky Martin's live version of "She Bangs" ended the show with a bang, as the Latin lover was surrounded by very elaborate scenery resembling decorated tanks with water and dancers inside.

The most interesting moments centred around Madonna, who continued her tribute to younger pop stars by wearing a T-shirt with "Kylie Minogue" written on it. Recently, Madonna appeared in a Britney Spears T-shirt. Red Hot Chili Peppers members described Madonna as "one sexy bitch," while comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, a.k.a Ali G, described her work as "worthy of masturbation."

It seems like Irish boy band Westlife could not be denied victory this time either, as they swiped the Best UK & Ireland Act award, adding one more success in 2000 to their long list.

Political issues were present as well during the night, with Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter speaking against a recount of votes in the US presidential election. He and his band members are from Florida. The Free Your Mind award went to Optor, the Serbian opposition movement that helped oust president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, from office.

The show is said to be seen by a worldwide audience of one billion viewers. Seven million MTV viewers had voted for their favourites in all categories except Best Video and Free Your Mind awards.

Here's the full list of winners and nominees:

BEST ALBUM:
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Bon Jovi - Crush
Moby - Play
Macy Gray - On How Life Is
Travis - The Man Who

BEST FEMALE:
Madonna
Janet Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Britney Spears
Melanie C

BEST MALE:
Ricky Martin
Eminem
Ronan Keating
Robbie Williams
Sisqo

BEST NEW ACT:
Blink 182
Melanie C
Bomfunk MCs
Anastacia
Sonique

BEST GROUP:
Backstreet Boys
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Bon Jovi
Travis
Blink 182

BEST ROCK ACT:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bon Jovi
Foo Fighters
Korn
Limp Bizkit

BEST R&B ACT:
Jennifer Lopez
Sisqo
Destiny's Child
Aaliyah
Janet Jackson

BEST HIP-HOP ACT:
Eminem
Dr Dre
Busta Rhymes
Cypress Hill
Wyclef Jean

BEST POP ACT:
All Saints
N'Sync
Britney Spears
Backstreet Boys
Robbie Williams

BEST DANCE ACT:
Madonna
Moby
Moloko
Sonique
Artful Dodger

BEST SONG:
Robbie Williams - Rock DJ
Melanie C and Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes - Never Be The Same Again
Madonna - Music
Sonique - It Feels So Good
Britney Spears - Oops I Did It Again

BEST VIDEO:
Moby - Natural Blues
Blink 182 - All The Small Things
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Robbie Williams - Rock DJ

BEST UK & IRELAND ACT:
Westlife
Craig David
Sonique
Travis
Robbie Williams

BEST DUTCH ACT:
Kane
Anouk
Bloef
Krezip

BEST FRENCH ACT:
Modjo
Bob Sinclar
Laurent Garnier
Phoenix
Saian Supa Crew

BEST GERMAN ACT:
Guano Apes
Die Arzte
Die Toten Hosen
Echt
Fuenf Sterne Deluxe

BEST ITALIAN ACT:
Subsonica
Carmen Consoli
Lunapop
Paola E Chiara
Piero Pelu'

BEST NORDIC ACT:
Bomfunk MCs
Darude
Shimoli
The Ark
Thomas Rusiak

BEST POLISH ACT:
Kazik
Brathanki
Kayah
Myslovitz
Reni Jusis

BEST SPANISH ACT:
Dover
Enrique Iglesias
OBK
Monica Naranjo
M-Clan

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