The band take three gongs in Frankfurt, ahead of other winners Gorillaz, Eminem, Robbie Williams, J-Lo...

LIMP BIZKIT walked away with the lion’s share of the spoils at the MTV EUROPE AWARDS in FRANKFURT last night (November 8) taking three gongs, including BEST GROUP, ahead of double winners GORILLAZ and other winners ROBBIE WILLIAMS and JENNIFER LOPEZ.

Limp Bizkit, who recently parted company with guitarist Wes Borland, took the awards for Best Album and Best Website on top of their Best Group. Frontman Fred Durst told the audience the band were “totally overwhelmed” by the “unexpected” awards. Early in the evening Durst played a cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Thank You’ with unexpected guest Jimmy Page, the Zeppelin guitarist.

Gorillaz were not popular winners of their two awards – Best Single for ‘Clint Eastwood’ and Best Dance Act. Roger Sanchez, also nominated in the Best Dance category, told the press he wasn’t happy at losing out to cartoon characters.

Eminem, Best Hip Hop, Robbie Williams, Best Male and Jennifer Lopez, Best Female, were notable absentees from the event. They sent recorded acceptance speeches.

Other winners on the night, who accepted their gongs in person, were Craig David, Best R&B, Dido, Best New Act, The Avalanches, Best Video for ‘Since I Left You’, Blink- 182, Best Rock Act and Anastacia, Best Pop.

The show marked the first time MTV had not broadcast the awards live. As it was presented by comic Hip Hop bad boy Ali G there was an hour delay to stop some of the more unbroadcastable remarks from being shown. Amongst Ali G’s targets were Craig David, who he thanked for helping a lot of the men to lose their virginity, before adding he hoped David would soon lose his too. “There are loads of slappers in here tonight,” he said, suggesting Atomic Kitten.

Craig David performed at the awards, dedicating ‘Walking Away’ to U2. He also segued into the Irish supergroup’s ‘One’, a nod to U2 who had covered ‘Walking Away’ at this year’s Brit Awards ceremony.

Other acts to perform included Kylie Minogue, who opened with ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, Jay-Z doing ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, REM who played recent single ‘Imitation Of Life’ and Blink- 182, who closed with ‘First Date’.