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Last Updated: Friday, 29 August, 2003, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
In pictures: MTV Video Awards
Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera
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Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera opened New York's MTV Video Music Awards.
Spears and Madonna kiss
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"Warming up" the audience took on a meaning of its own as Madonna and Spears kissed
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On to the ceremony, triple-award winner Eminem was at the podium with puppet Ed from the US musical Avenue Q.
MIssy Elliott
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Missy Elliott celebrated her award for best video with as many of those who had taken part as she could fit on stage.
Beyonce Knowles
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Beyonce Knowles provided some stomach-churning entertainment during the ceremony.
Beyonce Knowles
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Knowles came down to earth to accept her award for best female video.
Duran Duran and Kelly Osbourne
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Kelly Osbourne applauded Duran Duran's lifetime achievement award.
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Metallica were another long-established band to join the celebrations.
Chris Martin from Coldplay
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Chris Martin accepted the award for best group video for his band Coldplay.
Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore
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Hollywood actors Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore were among the non-musical star guests.
Actress Carmen Electra with musician Dave Navarro
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Actress Carmen Electra, of Scary Movie fame, was accompanied by her musician fiance Dave Navarro.
Tennis stars, sisters Venus and Serena Williams
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Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams were invited to present the award for best male video.

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