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Friday, 17 November, 2000, 10:20 GMT
Madonna's MTV triumph
Madonna
The audience went wild for Madonna - with her Kylie T-shirt
Pop superstar Madonna saw off her younger rivals at the MTV Europe Music Awards - by scooping two prizes against stiff competition.

The 42-year-old singer walked off with accolades for best dance act and best female performer at the ceremony at the Globen centre in Stockholm, Sweden.

She paid tribute to fellow performer Kylie Minogue by appearing on stage in a T-shirt bearing the name "Kylie".

Robbie Williams
One out of five was good enough for Robbie Williams
Rapper Eminem also took two prizes - best album and best hip-hop act in a night that saw disappointment for British star Robbie Williams.

He was nominated for five prizes - but took just one, best song for Rock DJ.

Williams performed at the show with Kylie Minogue, defying doctors orders to rest after he was diagnosed as suffering from gastroenteritis and exhaustion.

All Saints - featuring Williams' ex-girlfriend Nicole Appleton - took best pop act, beating Williams, and American acts Britney Spears, N'Sync and Backstreet Boys.

Ricky Martin
Best man: Ricky Martin with his prize
Other winners included Ricky Martin (best male), Jennifer Lopez (best R 'n' B), Blink 182 (best rock act), and the Backstreet Boys (best group).

Westlife took the Best UK & Ireland act, the latest triumph of their phenomenally successful year.

Two weeks ago they celebrated their seventh number one in a row in the UK singles charts, and their Coast To Coast album trounced the Spice Girls when it was released last week.

Although UK acts had a quiet night at the awards, two British men shared Madonna's spotlight.

Kylie
Madonna paid tribute to Kylie Minogue with her T-shirt
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in his Ali G guise, introduced her as "Maradona". He appeared in her video for Music earlier this year.

Meanwhile her partner, film director Guy Ritchie, presented the best video prize to Moby - for Natural Blues.

He told the audience: "I would like to 'big it up' for the missus for winning so many awards and for keeping Rocco in diapers."

The audience went wild whenever Madonna appeared on stage, and she thanked her fans for their support.

Madonna
The missus: Madonna thanked her fans and family on stage
But she added: "Most of all, I would like to thank my gorgeous family because they are the most important thing in the world to me."

She also thanked all the Europeans she had worked with, including Music's Swedish director Jonas Aackerlund: "It's very fitting that I should be here at the European MTV awards because I always end up working with Europeans."

Williams' award for Rock DJ was the last of the night, but he told the audience: "I am not going to say anything bad about people's choices on this one, but I think it's a terrible song and a silly song."

He also referred to his roots in Stoke-on-Trent, saying: "When I was growing up I dreamt of being a pop star and I would like to thank MTV for my three houses, my five cars and my supermodel girlfriend."


It's a terrible song and a silly song

Robbie Williams on Rock DJ
There were also live performances from the Spice Girls - who were clad in tight leather outfits - and U2.

The show was hosted by Fugees founder Wyclef Jean, who opened the show with a rap montage set to Abba's Dancing Queen.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter had other things on his mind when he picked up their best group prize, as he spoke out against a recount in the US presidential election. The group are based in Florida, where the election's outcome hangs in the balance.

Another political note was struck with the Free Your Mind award, which is given by MTV to a highlight a social cause.

Jenniefr Lopez
Jennifer Lopez collects her Best R 'n' B award
It was won by Serbian opposition movement Otpor, in recogition of its role in helping to drive Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic out of office.

MTV's European chief executive Brent Hansen praised the group's "constant struggle against injustice and oppression".

With the exception of Free Your Mind and the best video prize, the awards are voted for by viewers of MTV's various European services.

Click here to read the full list of winners.

See also:

16 Nov 00 | Entertainment
MTV Europe Music Awards: The winners
17 Nov 00 | Entertainment
In pictures: MTV Europe Music Awards
08 Sep 00 | Entertainment
MTV triumph for Eminem
16 Nov 00 | Entertainment
Kylie to spin around Britain
16 Nov 00 | Entertainment
Robbie leads MTV line-up
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