Britney Spears: Best Female
Singer in MTV Awards
American stars crossed the
Atlantic to sweep up the big prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards, with Hip
Hop duo Outkast landing three awards and rhythm and blues crooner Usher
Britney Spears, whose Greatest Hits: My Prerogative album has had the
biggest selling first week for a Greatest Hits by a female artist in British
chart history, won the Best Female artist award.
Britney was up for two other MTV Europe Awards, Best Pop Artist and Best
Song for "Toxic" at the awards ceremony, which were broadcast live on MTV
OutKast took the Best Song award for "Hey Ya" as well as Best Video and Best
Group, while Usher took the Best Album prize for "Confessions" and a kiss on
the cheeks from Naomi Campbell when she presented him with the award for
Best Male artist.
"I hope you don't get tired of us. We only do what we do," Big Boi of
OutKast said to their cheering fans as they received their award.
Los Angeles band Maroon 5, responsible for such catchy hits as "This Love"
and "She Will Be Loved", took the Best New Act award, and were also
nominated for Best Group and Best Song at the awards ceremony, broadcast
live on MTV Europe.
Hosted by US rapper Xzibit and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar at a tented
Hippodrome in the Rome suburb of Tor di Valle, the evening had the expected
award-ceremony mix of profanity, inanity and punchy political attacks.
In keeping with the Roman theme, Xzibit was hauled onto the stage atop a
chariot and drew applause when he used a rude Italian epithet to describe US
President George W. Bush, saying there was a good chance that the programme
was being seen in several countries he had no plans to invade.
Other performers at the music channel's 10th Europe Music awards included
Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, the Beastie Boys, Gwen Stefani and Alicia
Keys, who took the prize for Best Rhythm and Blues act.
Meanwhile, Anastacia punched out her hit "Left Outside Alone" live on stage
outside Rome's ancient Colisseum in front of an estimated 100,000 people, in
a concert that ran from late afternoon to give the awards greater public
Among the other major prizes doled out at the annual awards Thursday was
Best Rock act, to Linkin Park, Best Alternative act to Muse and Best Hip Hop
List of winners at the 2004
MTV Europe Music Awards:
Best album: Usher, 'Confessions'
Best rock: Linkin Park
Best group: OutKast
Best alternative act: Muse
Best video: OutKast, 'Hey Ya!'
Best hip-hop: D12
Best R&B: Alicia Keys
Best new act: Maroon 5
Best pop: Black Eyed Peas
Best female: Britney Spears
Best male: Usher
Best song: Outkast, 'Hey Ya!'
Maroon 5 takes Best New
Los Angeles band Maroon 5 won the Best New Act award at the MTV Europe Music
Awards at Tor Di Valle.
The band responsible for such catchy hits as "This Love" and "She Will Be
Loved" were also nominated for Best Group and Best Song at the award
ceremony, broadcast live on MTV Europe.●