It was no surprise that Lady Gaga had the biggest night among all artists on MTV’s 27th Annual Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday (September 12) at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, especially since she led all nominees with a staggered 13 nods.
The pop queen took home a total of eight awards Sunday, including Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Female Video. Her biggest winner was the video for her hit single “Bad Romance.”
Coming in a distant second was Eminem. He opened the show with a performance of “Love The Way You Lie”, along collaborator Rihanna, and then took home two awards — one for Best Hip Hop Video and another Best Male Video.
Unfortunately, Em missed his actual award announcement because he had to catch a flight to be in New York to perform alongside Jay-Z for a massive stadium concert.
“Apparently, MTV doesn’t care that I have two massive stadium shows on the other side of the country the day after the VMAs,” he told the network. “F me, right?”
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys took home the Best Cinematography honor for the collaboration, “Empire State of Mind”.
Host Chelsea Handler opened the show with a skit featuring Lindsay Lohan, who poked fun at her own struggles with sobriety before giving Handler a bit of advice: “Don’t embarrass me.”
Aside from awards and Handler’s comedy, the VMAs was full of performances.
As mentioned, Eminem opened the show with a performance of “Not Afraid”, followed by “Love The Way You Lie” with Rihanna; Taylor Swift kicked off her performance of her single “Innocent” with a clip of Kanye rushing the stage to ruin her big moment at 2009’s show; Young Money’s Nicki Minaj opened the pre-show with “Your Love” before transitioning into her new single “Check It Out”, sampling the 80s smash “Video Killed the Radio Star”; Usher treated the audience with a medley of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and “OMG”; B.o.B chimed in with a medley of “Nothin’ On You,” “Airplanes,” and “The Only Exception”; Drake performed “Fancy” live; and Kanye West closed out the show with “Runaway.”
Other performers included Linkin Park, Justin Bieber, Travie McCoy, and Jason Derulo, among others.
If you missed the VMAs, check MTV’s schedule for repeats, or watch it on-demand at MTV.com.
A full list of the evening’s winners are as follows:
Video of the Year: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best New Artist: Justin Bieber
Best Hip-Hop Video: “Not Afraid” by Eminem
Best Pop Video: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best Male Video: “Not Afraid” by Eminem
Best Rock Video: “King And Queens” by 30 Seconds To Mars
Best Female Video: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best Collaboration: “Video Phone (Extended Remix)” by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
Best Dance Music Video: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best Art Direction: “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine
Best Choreography: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best Cinematography: “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Best Direction: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best Editing: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Best Special Effects: “Uprising” by Muse
Breakthrough Video: “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys