MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS – THE FULL REPORT

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ALL SAINTS surprised the pop world by scooping the Best Pop Act award at the seventh annual MTV EUROPE awards ceremony in STOCKHOLM tonight (November 16).

The award was the biggest shock of the night, with All Saints – who have been having a turbulent ride this year – only being confirmed to turn up to perform at the awards three days earlier. Shaznay Lewis paid tribute to the crew who helped them get their costumes together for their flare-clad, pristine performance of ‘Pure Shores’.

Ali G paid tribute to Sweden’s pop talent and contribution to movie-making as he presented the first gong of the evening accompanied by Moloko’s Roisin Murphy at Stockholm’s Globe Arena in a relatively uneventful awards ceremony.

Taking the stage to present the award for Best Male to Ricky Martin, he declared: “I would like to thank the Swedes for making Saab 900 Turbos, Ace of Base and films with two girls sucking off a donkey.” A bemused Ricky Martin collected his trophy from Ali G who later introduced Madonna for her performance of ‘Music’ as “Maradona, queen of pop,” and added, “she has consistently produced work worthy of masturbation”.

Earlier declared “a sexy bitch” by Red Hot Chili Peppers whose Chad Smith rallied against the pop invasion during his acceptance speech by proclaiming “How many musicians do we have here? Do me a favour – go start a band because we need some more rock bands!” when they received their Best Rock Act award, Madonna was undoubtedly the woman of the night, scooping Best Female and Dance Act awards.

She turned up to sing wearing a Kylie Minogue T-shirt, then returned in a glittering red rhinestone suit to accept the award for Best Dance Act. Voice wavering slightly in the face of prolonged and rapturous applause and cheering, she thanked Mirwais for co-writing and producing tracks for her album, and also saluted “brilliant and original” video director Jonas Ackerlund. Ali G, who appeared in her ‘Music’ wasn’t on the list of credits, however, her long-term boyfriend Guy Ritchie did mention him when he took the stage after Maddy left clutching her trophy.

Presenting the Best Video award to Moby for ‘Natural Blues’, Ritchie quipped that he’d “sort out” the Staines menace, saying: “You’ll be in trouble when I get hold of you for speaking about my woman like that!” He also congratulated Madonna on her achievements, and added: “Big up to the missus for keeping young Rocco in nappies.” Moby later told Radio One: “As much as I love dance music I wouldn’t think of ‘Play’ as being a dance album. I think there are other artists who are more deserving of it.”

As Backstreet Boys collected their award for Best Group, they took a political stance, declaring: “On behalf all the people in Florida we demand you not to have a recount,” referring to the current US election fiasco.

Neither Eminem or Blink 182 were there to collect their awards for Best Album and Hip-Hop Act, and Best New Group respectively, but Blink sent three dwarves instead to receive theirs and deliver speeches on their behalf. Westlife, who won the best UK and Ireland Award, weren’t there either.

Jennifer Lopez, however, made her presence mightily felt when she swooped on to the stage in a little plane!

Robbie Williams – who put on an explosive performance of ‘Kids’ with Kylie Minogue, who arrived on a rocket and was flanked by eight-foot transvestites while they belted out the song, was all-but snubbed despite having been nominated in a whopping five categories. He received the accolade for Best Song for ‘Rock DJ’ with bad grace, commenting: “I think it?s a terrible song and it’s really silly.” But he added: “I’d like thank MTV for my three houses, my five cars and my supermodel girlfriend. Live the dream!”

The winners are:

Best Group – Backstreet Boys

Best Female – Madonna

Best Male – Ricky Martin

Best R&B – Jennifer Lopez

Best Rock Act – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Best New Act – Blink 182

Best Pop Act – All Saints

Best Dance Act – Madonna

Best Hip Hop Act – Eminem

Best Video – Moby, ‘Natural Blues’

Best Song – Robbie Williams, ‘Rock DJ’

Best Album – Eminem, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’

Best Local acts:

Nordic: Bomfunk MCs

German: Guano Apes

Italian: Subsonic

Polish: Kazik

Spanish: Dover

UK & Ireland: Westlife

Dutch: Kane

French: Modjo

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