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by Aneta Tadeusiak
MTV Video Music Awards took place on Thursday 7th September at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, and as usual, there were major stars, slatings and a real mess.
The big winners of the night were Eminem and 'N Sync, who both received three awards. Also with reason to be proud, Aaliyah, Macy Gray, Bjork and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all walked away with two Moonmen statuettes each.
Other winners included Jennifer Lopez (Best Dance Video), Sisqo (Best Hip-Hop Video) and Destiny's Child (Best R&B Video). Napster adverseries Metallica went home with empty hands, despite being nominated in four categories, as did the praised R&B star D'Angelo.
Eminem provided the expected dose of entertainment, not only by his appearance with numerous look-alikes, but also by his controversial comments, including one summing up the event: "This is the one night where you can fit all these people I don't like into one room."
Britney and Christina didn't win an award between them, despite being nominated in four and five categories respectively. Nevertheless they appeared together on stage, introducing Whitney Houston who presented the Video Of The Year award... which went to Eminem, who had this to say: "I'm going to take this home and put it right between my Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera posters."
Another public slating took place when Kid Rock expressed their views on the Backstreet Boys, who weren't even nominated but appeared at the show, saying, "No offense to the Backstreet Boys, but the commercial that 'N Sync did for McDonald's was way cooler than the one that the Backstreet Boys did for Burger King."
The faux pas of the evening was probably Ricky Martin mispronouncing Aaliyah's name. However that was pretty innocent compared to what the Rage Against The Machine's bassist Timmy C did.
He managed to climb the 15 foot high stage while Limp Bizkit's were accepting the award for Best Rock Video (for which Rage Against The Machine were also nominated). Before he could be dragged down by the security, handcuffed and arrested, the audience was heard chanting 'jump, jump'. Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst thought the incident was "weird", and he hoped "Timmy C was alright and got his head checked real soon".
Kicking off the live preformances was the perfectionist Janet Jackson with "Doesn't Really Matter", dressed up with neat choreography. Eminem took his song to the street (literally) as he walked out of the venue rapping to "The Real Slim Shady", along with his clones.
Live performances proved more live in some cases than others, with Britney not failing to deliver her usual bad lip-synching in a rather revealing outfit. The night's host Marlon Wayans commented on it: "Girl went from the Mickey Mouse Club to the strip club!" Britney's friends 'N Sync did their three-in-one medley of "This I Promise You," "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me".
After vocal problems forced her to cancel a gig recently, Christina Aguilera showed she's fine again, belting out her newest hit "Come On Over". Other acts that played during the show included Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, rapper Nelly and Blink-182.
Here's the full list of winners and nominees.
BEST GROUP VIDEO:
BEST DANCE VIDEO:
BEST NEW ARTIST:
BEST FEMALE VIDEO:
BEST MALE VIDEO:
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO:
BEST POP VIDEO:
VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD:
BEST RAP VIDEO:
BEST ROCK VIDEO:
BEST R&B VIDEO:
BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO:
BEST VIDEO FOR A FILM:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
MTV UK & Ireland