EMINEM’S MTV HAT-TRICK!

And the star celebrates by playing a secret gig - and, of course, NME.COM was there...

EMINEM was the biggest winner at the MTV EUROPE AWARDS in BARCELONA last night (November 14), scooping three awards at the star-studded ceremony at the PALAU SANT JORDI.

The rapper was awarded accolades for Best Album for ‘The Eminem Show’, Best Male Artist and Best Hip-Hop.

Close behind him with two awards each followed Kylie, who was crowned both Best Pop and Best Dance Artist, Linkin Park, who won Best Group and Best Hard Rock Act, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who won Best Live Act and Best Rock.

The ceremony was hosted by P Diddy, who – true to flamboyant style – had no less than eight costume changes. At one point he paid tribute to slain [/a] DJ Jam Master Jay, walking on stage wearing a T-shirt with the slogan: “R.I.P. JMJ” on it.

After receiving his award for Best Website, Moby offered an olive branch to his former enemy Eminem, saying: “The truth be told, I wish Eminem well, I hope he goes on to have a happy life. From my perspective, I wish him nothing but peace and happiness.”

Eminem himself made a statement by bringing his protégé, rapper 50 Cents, onstage with him and thanking him and a host of lesser-known hip-hop and rap figures while collecting his awards. Rising rapper 50 Cents had been put under police guard following Jam Master Jay’s shooting after police received a “credible threat” against his life.

Other winners at the awards included [a], whose ‘Get The Party Started’ won Best Song, [/a] (Best R&B), [a] (Best Video, ‘Remind Me’).

Coldplay were awarded the title of Best UK & Ireland Act.

The Free Your Mind award was made to F.A.R.E., the Football Against Racism in Europe organisation.

Backstage, Marilyn Manson was hanging out with his buddy Eminem, and made an unlikely new friend in the form of Robbie Williams , while Dave Grohl declared his admiration for Coldplay.

After the ceremony, Eminem hosted an aftershow party at the tiny Razmataz club for 150 people, and stunned them by performing a 40-minute set, during which he was joined by Marilyn Manson for their duet on ‘The Way I Am’. Among the audience were Ms Dynamite and British winners of the Best New Band title, The Calling.

For the full report from the awards and the aftershow party, see next week’s NME.