From pop superstars Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift to South Korean sensation Psy and the late US singer Whitney Houston, here is a list of the main winners at the MTV Europe Awards handed out in Frankfurt on Sunday:
– Best Female Artist: Taylor Swift
– Best Male Artist: Justin Bieber
– Best Song: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
– Best Video: Psy, “Gangnam Style”
– Best Worldwide Act: Han Geng (China)
– Best Pop Act: Justin Bieber
– Best Electronic: David Guetta
– Best Rock: Linkin Park
– Best New Act: One Direction
– Best Alternative: Lana Del Rey
– Best Hip Hop: Nicki Minaj
– Best Live Act: Taylor Swift
– Best World Stage Performance: Justin Bieber
– MTV Global Icon Prize: Whitney Houston
Bieber and Swift dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards, but South Korean Internet phenomenon Psy clinched the coveted Best Video prize.
Canadian heart-throb Bieber, fresh from breaking up with his girlfriend of two years, Selena Gomez, scooped Best Male Artist for the third year in a row, with millions of fans voting to name the winners.
Bieber, 18, who did not attend the ceremony in the western German city of Frankfurt, also bagged Best Pop Act and Best World Stage Performance.
Swift of the US claimed the gong for Best Female Artist from presenter Lana Del Rey as the show got underway and went on to pick up honours for Best Live Act and Best Look.
“This is my very first EMA — I’m so excited,” said the 22-year-old blonde, who later dressed up as a circus ringleader to perform her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in the show’s finale.
“This was our first European tour — thank you for giving me one more amazing reason to come back and see you.”
Psy, whose single “Gangnam Style” has more than 700 million views on YouTube and spawned countless videos copying his signature horse-riding dance, paid tribute to his wife of six years and loved ones back home when he picked up his award.
“I’d like to thank all my family who’s got to live with a selfish job, with a selfish guy,” the 34-year-old quipped.
Han Geng of China beat out Rihanna for Best Worldwide Act, awarded for only the second time. The 24-year-old Barbadian beauty, who had led with six nominations, went home empty-handed, as did flamboyant US trailblazer Lady Gaga, who was up for three awards.
US soul singer Alicia Keys led a tribute to Whitney Houston, as Beyonce lent a voice-over to a video in honour of the late US singer. A further shout-out went to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who died of cancer in May.
British newcomer Rita Ora opened the show with a spectacular pyrotechnic-studded performance of her hit “R.I.P”, followed by acts including US indie band fun, No Doubt, Jepsen, Keys and Las Vegas rockers The Killers.
*Kenyan band Camp Mulla lost the Best African Act award to Nigerian D’Banj.