Lady Gaga, other U.S. acts dominate MTV Europe Awards

Sun Nov 7, 2010 6:29pm EST
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By Tracy Rucinski

MADRID (Reuters) - Lady Gaga dominated the MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid on Sunday, picking up prizes for best female, best pop act and best song ("Bad Romance").

The 24-year-old songstress was in Budapest for a concert and so accepted her awards via video link. On the third occasion she appeared to be wearing little more than a folded piece of plastic, enhancing her reputation for outlandish outfits.

"I wish so much that I could be there," she said, before launching into a song for the MTV crowd in the Caja Magica venue in Madrid. "Get off my stage!" she shouted at the end.

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry went into the annual awards ceremony -- one of pop music's biggest nights outside the United States -- leading the field with five nominations apiece.

Perry was also recognised, winning the best video category for "California Gurls."

Both Americans, the singers underlined the dominance of U.S. music on the night even though most prizes were decided by a popular vote on MTV's Europe Awards website.

Of the main winners, only one was not American. That was 16-year-old Canadian chart sensation Justin Bieber, who beat out the likes of Eminem and Kanye West to pick up the coveted best male prize.


<p>Pop singer Lady Gaga performs during her concert in Budapest November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh</p>