BERLIN, Nov 7, 2009 / — Beyoncé was the major winner of the evening at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Berlin. The versatile singer, writer and producer took home a total of three EMA trophies – Best Female, Best Song and Best Video – from the glittering music celebration, held at the O2 World on 5 November 2009.
Eminem won the coveted Best Male category at the Awards, which honours and celebrates Europe’s contemporary music stars, while Jay-Z triumphed in the Best Urban category. U2 clinched a well-deserved Best Live Act – scoring their third EMA award win since the MTV Europe Music Awards debuted in 1994.
Creative powerhouse Lady Gaga was honoured in the Best New Act category while Green Day scored a victory over the Best Rock contenders. Best Group went to German rockers Tokio Hotel, who also wowed the 9,000-strong crowd with a stunning rendition of their hit The World Behind My Wall, culminating in an explosive pyrotechnical display and the band’s instruments consumed by flames. Placebo captured the Best Alternative prize while Turkey’s maNga carried off the crown for Best European Act.
Best World Stage Performance was won by Linkin Park while Pixie Lott was pronounced the first ever MTV Push Artist – both categories were added to this year’s EMAs for the first time in recognition of the artists who have been championed by MTV on their global music franchises.
Held in Berlin to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 2009 EMAs featured electrifying live performances from Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Green Day, Leona Lewis, Tokio Hotel, Foo Fighters, Shakira and U2 – broadcasting to more than 500 million households around the world.
Guest presenters at the EMAs included actor, musician and international celebrity David The Hoff Hasselhoff, hip hop star Lil’ Kim, World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, actor Jesse Metcalfe, pop/rock phenomena Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Juliette Lewis, Jean Reno, Miranda Cosgrove, Asia Argento, Bar Refaeli, Brody Jenner, David Guetta and Batista. Soul singer Joss Stone hosted digital show 2009 EMA: Red Carpet Show while Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz hosted digital show 2009 EMA: All Access. Guests at the show included Inglorious Basterds actor Daniel Brühl, supermodel Franziska Knuppe, German soccer legend Lothar Matthäus, Pixie Lott and Daniel Merriweather.
The winners of the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards are:
Best Male: Eminem
Best Female: Beyoncé
Best Urban: Jay-Z
Best Group: Tokio Hotel
Best Video: Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Best Song: Beyoncé – Halo
Best Rock: Green Day
Best New Act: Lady Gaga
Best Live Act: U2
Best Alternative: Placebo
MTV Push Artist: Pixie Lott
Best World Stage Performer: Linkin Park
Best European Act: maNga
The MTV Europe Music Awards were sponsored by Sony Ericsson, MTV Games / Harmonix’s The Beatles™: Rock Band™ and Dell.