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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 06:09 GMT 07:09 UK


Lauryn crowned queen of MTV

Lauryn Hill: Scooped four awards

Hip hop queen Lauryn Hill has dominated the MTV Video Music Awards, scooping four awards for her video Doo Wop (That Thing).

Hill dominated in the best R&B video, best female video, best art direction and video of the year categories in the 16th annual award show in New York.

[ image: Ricky Martin: Triumphed with Livin' La Vida Loca]
Ricky Martin: Triumphed with Livin' La Vida Loca
British chart-topping dance star Fatboy Slim's Praise You took a trio of trophies for best direction, best choreography and best breakthrough video.

Latin heart-throb Ricky Martin won two prizes - best dance and best pop - for his popular Livin' La Vida Loca. Korn's Freak on a Leash video also scooped two awards.

'A real man'

Presenting the awards was 13-year-old Voice of an Angel soprano Charlotte Church.

The BBC's Ian Hardy reports on a night dominated by 'bubble gum pop'
As Martin accepted his trophy from the teenage singing sensation, he paid tribute to the legends of pop.

"I need to thank Elvis, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna. Thank you so much for being leaders and teaching me the beauty of pop."

Madonna, who was awarded for her comic dance in the Austin Powers theme tune Beautiful Stranger, livened up the proceedings by entering the elegant Metropolitan Opera House with a host of drag queens dressed up as her many incarnations, from Like a Virgin to Material Girl to Evita.

"It takes a real man to fill my shoes," the pop diva said.

Condemning violence

TLC, a female trio, whose hit No Scrubs rails against no-good men, won best group video award, while the prize for best new artist went to Eminem for My Name Is.

[ image: Charlotte Church: Presented the awards]
Charlotte Church: Presented the awards
Rapper and actor Will Smith won the best male video category for his Miami.

Accepting the best hip-hop video award for Intergalactic was Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, aka MCA.

Yauch took the opportunity to condemn the violence that dominated the recent Woodstock festival.

While, in another surprise of the evening, award presenter Charlotte Church turned the tables to give an impromptu operatic performance.

MTV Winners

Best video: Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)

Male video: Will Smith, Miami

Female video: Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)

Group video: TLC, No Scrubs

Rap video: Jay-Z featuring Ja & Amil-lion, Can I Get A...

R&B video: Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)

Hip Hop video: Beastie Boys, Intergalactic

Direction in a video: Fatboy Slim, Praise You

Choreography in a video: Fatboy Slim, Praise You

Special effects in a video: Garbage, Special

Art direction in a video: Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)

Editing in a video: Korn, Freak on a leash

Cinematography in a video: Marilyn Manson, The Dope Show

Dance video: Ricky Martin, Livin' La Vida Loca

Rock video: Korn, "Freak on a Leash

Pop video: Ricky Martin, Livin' La Vida Loca

New Artist: Eminem, My Name Is

Video from a film: Madonna, Beautiful Stranger

Breakthrough video: Fatboy Slim, Praise You

Viewer's choice: Backstreet Boys, I Want it That Way

Artist Website: Red Hot Chili Peppers

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