Muse don't do too badly either...

MUSE flying the flag for the UK.

The rap duo picked up three awards at the ceremony in Rome, for Best Group, Best Video and Best Song for ’Hey Ya!’. They had been nominated in five categories.

Collecting OutKast ’s award, Andre 3000 thanked the group’s fans “for supporting OutKast throughout the years”.

He added: “We really appreciate it. I hope you don’t get tired of us, but we only do what we do.”

[/a], who had a number of nominations, won nothing.

Muse singer Matt Bellamy said that winning their award for Best Alternative Act was “a real surprise for us”.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Usher was recognised in two categories – Best Album with ’Confessions’ and Best Male, while D-12 won the Best Hip-Hop award.

Eminem kicked off the ceremony to sound of machine guns and helicopters as he performed controversial track ’Mosh’ in front of a tank on the stage.

During the political track – which attacks newly re-elected US President George W Bush – the rapper was joined by marching children dressed in uniforms and carrying fake guns.

However, rumours that Eminem was going to recreate his controversial [/a] spoof video for ’Just Lose It’ never materialised.

Also taking to the stage on the night was former [a] singer Gwen Stefani, who performed her debut solo single ’What You Waiting For?’ dressed in an Alice In Wonderland-style costume with silver platform shoes.

The winners were:Best Group – OutKast

Best Song – OutKast, ‘Hey Ya!’

Best Female – Britney Spears

Best Male – Usher

Best Hip-Hop – D12

Best New Act – Maroon 5

Best R&B – Alicia Keys

Best Album – Usher, ‘Confessions’

Best Alternative Act – Muse

Best Rock – Linkin Park

Best Pop – Black Eyed Peas

Best VIdeo – OutKast, ‘Hey Ya!’

Best UK and Ireland act – Muse