Japanese female vocalists Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro and Mika Nakashima (Sony) were the big winners at the third annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan, held in Tokyo on Sunday (May 23).

Japanese female vocalists Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro and Mika Nakashima (Sony) were the big winners at the third annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan, held in Tokyo on Sunday (May 23).

Avex-signed Hamasaki won in the best female video ("Because of You"), best pop video ("No Way to Say") and best live performance categories. Her labelmate Amuro took the best R&B video and best buzz Japan awards for her song "Put 'em Up". Sony artist Nakashima was presented with the breakthrough video ("Love Addict") and best style in a video ("Kissing") awards.

The ceremony was hosted by entertainer Tomomitsu Yamaguchi. Winners were chosen by MTV viewers during the January-May 2004 period. Any Japanese or international artist who released a CD in Japan between March 1, 2003, and Feb. 28, 2004, and also produced a music video was eligible.

The event featured live performances by Hamasaki, Nakashima, Amuro, as well as international acts the Darkness, Good Charlotte, Missy Elliott, N.E.R.D. and Outkast.

Also on hand were Ozzy Osbourne and Janet Jackson to receive the legend and inspiration awards, respectively.

The ceremony will be broadcast on MTV Japan on Saturday (May 29), while portions of the show will be available to MTV channels around the world.

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