Last night’s shindig was memorable for its good points as well as a few snafus.
Kicking off the show, Madonna gave a monologue about Michael Jackson that was followed by a high-energy tribute to the fallen King of Pop, complete with a performance by Janet Jackson.
And during the Best Female Video Award portion, Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech was cut off by Kanye West, who insisted that Beyonce Knowles should’ve won the trophy.
As for live performances, this year’s show was action-packed, with everyone from Green Day to Lady GaGa to Pink taking the stage. As a grand finale, Jay-Z showed up for a duet with Alicia Keys.
This year’s MTV Video Music Awards winners were:
Video of the Year: Beyonce “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”
Best New Artist: Lady GaGa “Poker Face”
Best Hip Hop Video: Eminem “We Made You”
Best Male Video: T.I. featuring Rihanna “Live Your Life”
Best Pop Video: Britney Spears “Womanizer”
Best Rock Video: Green Day “21 Guns”
Best Female Video: Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me”
Best Video [That Should Have Won a Moonman]: Beastie Boys “Sabotage”