Lady Gaga was noticeably absent from the MTV Europe Music Awards, but her dominating presence was felt after she won three awards for Best Pop, Best Song and Best Female and phoned in from her concert in Hungary. Otherwise, rock royalty was certainly on hand.
“I wish so much that I could be there,” she said, before launching into a song for the MTV crowd in the Caja Magica in Madrid. “Get off my stage!” she shouted at the end.
Bon Jovi received a special Global Icon award for selling more than 125 million albums performing in more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries and claiming the title of number one touring act in 2008.
Among the major winners were Ke$ha (best new act), Eminem (best hip hop), Paramore (best alternative), Linkin Park (best live act) and 30 Seconds to Mars (best rock).
Top MTV Europe Awards winners:
– Best New Act: Ke$ha
– Best Pop: Lady Gaga
– Best Female: Lady Gaga
– Best Song: Lady Gaga/”Bad Romance”
– Best Video: Katy Perry/California Gurls
– Best Hip Hop: Eminem
– Best Alternative: Paramore
– Best Male: Justin Bieber
– Best Live Act: Linkin Park
– Best Rock: 30 Seconds to Mars
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry led the nominations with five each. Perry won the best video category for “California Gurls.”
Winners were picked by popular vote on MTV’s Europe Awards web site, and although this is arguably Europe’s biggest music event, U.S. artists dominated the show.
Only Canadian Justin Bieber won a major award. He topped Eminem and Kanye West for best male prize.
Among artists performing live, Colombian Shakira opened the show with British rapper Dizzee Rascal. Kings of Leon, Kid Rock and Miley Cyrus also took turns on stage.
Rihanna, with her now trademark red hair sang “Only Girl.”
“Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria hosted the event.