U.S. pop artists took out a clutch of trophies at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards 2009 on Friday night in Sydney, where Pink, Katy Perry and Britney Spears were among the main winners.

For the three categories which recognize viewers' favorite music clips, Pink's "So What" (Sony) took out best video, Fall Out Boy's "I Don't Care" (Universal) won for best rock video and the Ian Carey Project's "Get Shaky" (Vicious) took out best dance video.

Also on the night, Perry was named best newcomer, Britney Spears' "Circus" (Sony) received the best moves honor and T.I. feat Rihanna's "Live Your Life" (Warner) won for best collaboration.

No artist won more than a single trophy during the gala, held at the Sydney's Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Controversial singer Chris Brown, who has been linked with an assault on his girlfriend Rihanna ahead of the 2009 Grammy Awards in February, failed to join the MTV winners list despite coming into the event with a pair of nominations.

Australian MTV viewers decided eight of the award categories, including the "best Aussie" category which went to Jessica Mauboy, the Sony-signed indigenous pop singer. Mauboy also performed at the party. The "best Kiwi" category -- open to MTV viewers in New Zealand -- went to R&B outfit Nesian Mystik. Australian dance outfit Sneaky Sound System claimed the independent spirit gong.

The night might have belonged to pop, but it was rock routines which book-ended the show. The Killers blasted off with a curtain-raising performance of "Spaceman," while the second incarnation of Andrew Stockdale’s Aussie rockers Wolfmother charged the crowd at the close with a rendition of new song, "Backround.” Wolfmother’s set came complete with fireworks and billows of smoke which hung around the room long after the four-piece left the stage.

The Kaiser Chiefs gave an assured mid-show performance of “Never Miss a Beat.” The British indie rockers, along with the Killers, would have been grateful to blow away any cobwebs ahead of their run on the four-date Australian leg of the V Festival which kicked off in Sydney the following day.

Host Pete Wentz, bassist with Fall Out Boy, got the night off with a blast of pyrotechnics when he appeared on stage amid the thumping of local heroes AC/DC’s “Back In Black,” dressed in a mock-Angus Young schoolboy outfit and holding a guitar aloft.

The artist later joined Vanilla Ice for a rendition of the rapper’s 1990s hit "Ice Ice Baby," and canoodled at the lectern with wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, giving the tabloids’ photographers ample fodder for the following day’s papers.

There were also performances from quirky local songstress Sia, piano-led alternative rock outfit the Fray and the big-selling rockers Kings of Leon, who performed “live” via satellite from a concert in Wellington, New Zealand.

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