MTV EMAs name Rick Astley ‘Best Act Ever’

Get the full results from the Liverpool ceremony

MTV Europe named Rick Astley the Best Act Ever at the European Music Awards in Liverpool last night (November 6).

The singer, who has been the theme of online prank ‘Rickrolling’ – where purportedly serious links actually take users to YouTube clips of the singer’s videos – beat the likes of Green Day and U2 to claim the most votes from viewers.

Britney Spears picked up two awards at the ceremony, held at the Liverpool Echo Arena, while host Katy Perry was named Best New Act.


Paul McCartney was awarded the Ultimate Legend accolade, while Lil Wayne was named the Artist’s Choice.

The full MTV EMAs 2008 winners were:

Album Of The Year: Britney Spears – ‘Blackout’

Nominees: Alicia Keys – ‘As I Am’, Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’, Duffy – ‘Rockferry’, Leona Lewis – ‘Spirit’

Most Addictive Track: Pink – ‘So What’

Nominees: Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’, Duffy – ‘Mercy’, Katy Perry – ‘I Kissed A Girl’, Kid Rock – ‘All Summer Long’


Act of 2008: Britney Spears

Nominees: Amy Winehouse, Coldplay, Leona Lewis, Rihanna

Best New Act: Katy Perry

Nominees: Duffy, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, OneRepublic

Ultimate Urban: Kanye West

Nominee: Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne

Rock Out: 30 Seconds To Mars

Nominees: Linkin Park, Metallica, Paramore, Slipknot

Headliner: Tokio Hotel

Nominees: Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica, The Cure

Video Star: 30 Seconds To Mars – ‘A Beautiful Lie’

Nominees: Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – ‘4 Minutes’, Santogold – ‘L.E.S. Artistes’, Snoop Dogg – ‘Sensual Seduction’, Weezer – ‘Pork And Beans’

Best UK Act: Leona Lewis

Nominees: Adele, Duffy, Ting Tings, The Wombats

Best Act Ever: Rick Astley

Nominees: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Tokio Hotel, U2

Artists’ Choice: Lil Wayne

Ultimate Legend: Sir Paul McCartney