Swift, Bieber win three apiece at MTV Europe awards

Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:12pm EST
 
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By Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheahan

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber shared the spoils in Frankfurt on Sunday at the MTV Europe Music Awards, each scooping three prizes at one of the biggest nights in the pop calendar outside the United States.

American country singer Swift, who left the Country Music Association awards empty-handed less than two weeks earlier, picked up honours for Best Female, Best Live and Best Look.

"Drei? Drei? I can't believe you gave me three awards," Swift, who was nominated in five categories, told the boisterous crowd of 7,000, trying out her best German.

One of the night's most popular performers was dance sensation Psy with his record-breaking hit "Gangnam Style", which won Best Video.

Skipping through the venue and on to the main stage in a sparkly blue jacket with his horse riding-inspired dance, he became the first South Korean artist to perform at the annual awards.

"This is beautiful. This is my very first time to participate, perform, be nominated, as an Asian artist, as a Korean artist, so I don't know what to say," he told journalists backstage.

He added that his next album would have more English songs on it.

Gangnam Style has been viewed more than 670 million times on YouTube and received a record-breaking 4.9 million "likes" on Facebook since being released in July.   Continued...

 
U.S. singer Taylor Swift poses with her Best Female, Best Live and Best Look awards backstage during the MTV European Music Awards 2012 show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt November 11, 2012. Swift made up for disappointment at the Country Music Association awards with three prizes on Sunday at the MTV Europe Music Awards, one of the biggest nights in pop outside the United States. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner