Green Day continued its charmed year by dominating the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards last night (Aug. 28) in Miami. The group's video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" won six awards, including video of
Green Day continued its charmed year by dominating the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards last night (Aug. 28) at Miami's American Airlines Arena. The group's video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" won six awards, including video of the year, best group video, best rock video and two trophies for direction and cinematography (for director Samuel Bayer). Another clip, "American Idiot," won the viewer's choice award.
The group's performance of "Boulevard" opened MTV's live broadcast of the VMAs, which were hosted by Diddy. "It's nice to know rock music still has a place at MTV," lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said while accepting the best rock video award.
Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott and Gorillaz each won two awards, with Clarkson winning best female video and best pop video for her smash hit "Since U Been Gone" and Elliott taking home the best hip-hop and dance video honors for "Lose Control." Gorillaz's "Feel Good Inc." won breakthrough video and best special effects.
On several occasions, Diddy proclaimed "anything could happen" during the evening and at one point handed his own wristwatch to a member of the audience. Among the unannounced segments were a brief performance from '80s rapper MC Hammer and a sequence were Diddy conducted a large orchestra while the video for the late Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" played on the arena screens. Snoop Dogg then appeared to rap live along with the video for Biggie's "Warning."
In a first, MTV gave prominent airtime to Latin music, specifically, a reggaeton segment with performances from Don Omar, Tego Calderon and Daddy Yankee. Latin superstar Shakira also performed her single "La Tortura" with a bleached-blonde Alejandro Sanz.
Other performances were turned in by 50 Cent, My Chemical Romance, Mariah Carey, Kanye West with Jamie Foxx, Coldplay, Ludacris, the Killers and comedian Dane Cook. Clarkson closed the show performing "Since U Been Gone" while being drenched with water.
Earlier, R. Kelly lip-synched highlights from of his multi-chaptered, soap opera-style single "Trapped in the Closet" on a set made out to look like a bedroom.
The awards survived the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, which caused flooding earlier in the week in Miami before changing direction and bearing down on New Orleans. There was also an outbreak of violence at a West-hosted party early Sunday morning, when rap mogul Suge Knight suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound in the leg at the hands of an unknown assailant.
But there was the requisite amount of jawing between artists, most notably when 50 Cent and his G-Unit colleague Tony Yayo were bleeped by censors when they called Fat Joe a name near the end of the broadcast.
Here are the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards Winners:
Video of the year: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day
Best male video: "Jesus Walks," Kanye West
Best female video: "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson
Best group video: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day
Best rap video: "Number One Spot," Ludacris
Best R&B video: "Karma," Alicia Keys
Best hip-hop video: "Lose Control," Missy Elliott
Best dance video: "Lose Control," Missy Elliott
Best rock video: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day
Best pop video: "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson
Best new artist in a video: "Mr. Brightside," the Killers
Breakthrough video: "Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz
Viewers' choice video: "American Idiot," Green Day
MTV2 award: "Sugar," Fall Out Boy
Best direction in a video: Samuel Bayer for Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Best choreography in a video: Kishaya Dudley for Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl"
Best special effects in a video: Passion Pictures for Gorillaz's "Feel Good Inc."
Best art direction in a video: Zach Matthewes for Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For?"
Best editing in a video: Tim Royes for Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Best cinematography: Samuel Bayer for Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"