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Friday, November 13, 1998 Published at 01:51 GMT


Spice Girls take MTV crown

"We've done it again": Spice Girls scoop Best Group for a second time

The Spice Girls have beaten pop rivals All Saints to win the Best Group award at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Thursday.

Emma Massey reports on a star-studded evening at the MTV Awards
Mel C, alias Sporty Spice, and Emma Bunton, known as Baby Spice, collected the trophy on behalf of the group.

On receiving the award, Mel C shouted: "We've done it again."

"And a big hello from the other two," she added, referring to Mel B and Victoria Adams, both of whom are pregnant and did not attend the ceremony at the FilaForum in Milan, Italy.

And yet more glory was in store for the Spice Girls when they were also named as the winners of the new title of Best Pop Act.

[ image: Raunchy dancing from All Saints]
Raunchy dancing from All Saints
All Saints, trying their best not to be outdone, gave a live performance of their single Lady Marmalade, for an audience that included Madonna, Donatella Versace, Brazilian footballer Ronaldo and the Duchess of York.

The also won the Breakthrough category, awarded to an act which has appeared this year.

But contrary to earlier reports, the band were not joined by a mystery celebrity to perform in the place of pregnant Melanie Blatt.

Instead, they were accompanied by a large team of male dancers dancing above the crowd on a catwalk.

A spokeswoman for the group was reported to have said: "Basically they had someone in mind but it couldn't be worked out because of time commitment."

Robbie Williams picked up the award for Best Male Artist, presented to him by George Michael.

Accepting his award, he beckoned the crowd forward and shouted "damn right too".

The Beastie Boys were named Best Rap Act, Aerosmith won the Best Rock Act and Prodigy the Best Dance Act.

But according to their frontman, Liam Howlett, they had not done anything to deserve the award this year.

Natalie Imbruglia picked up the Best Single award for Torn, the only cover version in the shortlist.

[ image: Madonna is no stranger to receiving awards]
Madonna is no stranger to receiving awards
Madonna, who performed her new single, Power of Goodbye, picked up the award for Best Female Artist and her LP, Ray of Light, won Best Album.

Among the other acts who played to the thousands of fans at the ceremony were Aerosmith, Aqua and Pras of The Fugees.

The Free Your Mind award, given to organisations helping with human rights, was given to Serbian radio station, Radio B92, in Belgrade.

The station has been closed down by the government twice but still continues to broadcast.

The winner of each award, except the regional Select category, are chosen by viewers from a pre-selected shortlist provided by the music channel.

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