AT MTV AWARDS
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[ September 7th 2001 ]
for the hit "Lady Marmalade" won best video of
the year at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards on
Thursday in a ceremony largely devoid of the sort
of unscripted disruptions that have marked the
show in the past and which included a surprise
appearance by Michael Jackson.
featuring pop and hip-hop divas Christina Aguilera,
Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott,
won the top honor at the 18th annual awards given
out by cable's Music Television, beating out U2,
Eminem and Janet Jackson among others. The video
also won best video from a film, from the musical
"Moulin Rouge" which starred Nicole Kidman.
other big winner was the boy band 'N Sync, which
took four awards including best group video, best
pop video, best dance video and viewers' choice,
voted on by the public, all for "Pop." The group
seemed caught off-guard, saying fellow nominee
"Fatboy Slim was robbed" in the best dance video
category. When it later won the best group award,
members remarked that fellow nominee "U2 was robbed
held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York's
Lincoln Center and hosted by comedian Jamie Foxx,
kicked off with Foxx's riff on the name changes
that seem to have infected the music business,
such as P. Diddy, the new stage name of Sean "Puffy"
Combs, formerly known as Puff Daddy.
award in the three-hour-plus telecast, for best
hip hop video, went to Outkast for "Ms. Jackson."
Following a performance by Jennifer Lopez of "Love
Don't Cost a Thing," the show featured a moving
tribute to the rising star Aaliyah, last year's
best female video winner for "Try Again" who was
killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in August.
acts performing included U2, Snoop Dogg, Linkin
Park and 'N Sync, whose performance was punctuated
by a surprise appearance by self-described king
of pop Jackson, thrilling the audience. Jackson
will be honored on Friday at a star-studded celebration
of his 30th year in show business at Madison Square
Slim video "Weapon of Choice," directed by Spike
Jonze and featuring Christopher Walken, took the
most awards with six, including best direction
for Jonze as well as breakthrough video. Other
awards to "Weapon" were for choreography, art
direction, editing and cinematography. Gwen Stefani
proved to be a charm for the male and female video
male video went to Moby, featuring Stefani, for
"South Side" while Eve, also featuring Stefani,
took the prize for best female video for "Let
Me Blow Ya Mind." Moby remarked that "without
Gwen the video never would have gotten shown in
the first place."
R&B star Alicia Keys won the best new artist in
a video award for her first single, "Fallin,"
which she also performed on the show. Other winners
were Nelly's "Ride Wit Me," for rap video, Destiny's
Child's "Survivor" for R&B video, Limp Bizkit's
"Rollin," which was named best rock video, and
Robbie Williams' "Rock DJ," which won for best
special effects in a video.
presented with the 2001 Michael Jackson Video
Vanguard award. The band, whose performance was
briefly marred by a technical glitch, paid special
tribute to The Ramones in its acceptance speech.
The first-ever MTV2 award, chosen by Internet
users, went to Mudvayne, for "Dig," who stood
out with their green or red spiked mohawks set
off by white dinner jackets splashed with what
appeared to be blood.