Lady Gaga topped the winners at the MTV European Music Awards 2010 in Madrid, scooping the awards for best pop, best female and best song for “Bad Romance.”
Lady Gaga thanked MTV and her fans via satellite from Budapest, where she was performing the latest date on her Monster Ball tour — unable to attend the gala ceremony hosted by Eva Longoria.
Justin Bieber snagged the best male and best push artist categories in a night packed with high-energy performances from Shakira, Linkin Park, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Bon Jovi, among others.
Linkin Park picked up best live stage performance as it took the stage for its outdoor concert at Madrid’s emblematic Puerta de Alcala monument, beamed live for the 8,000 attendees in the Caja Magica arena, where the EMAs took place.
Thirty Seconds to Mars — which shared a surprise duet with Kanye West — won best rock group, while German rockers Tokio Hotel picked up the best world stage category.
Newly married Perry walked away in her red sequenced “admit one” mini-dress with the nod for best video compliments of her “California Gurls,” which she also performed for the 70,000 fans at Puerta de Alcala.
Eminem took the best hip-hop award, and Ke$ha won best new act, while Paramore won best alternative, and Italian Marco Mengoni snatched best European act.
Best new act nominee B.o.B made his EMA debut, performing his hit “Airplanes” with Paramore’s Hayley Williams, while Kid Rock electrified the auditorium with an explosive rendition of “Born Free” and Miley Cyrus waxed sophisticated with “Who Owns My Heart.”
Shakira won the Free Your Mind Award in recognition of her commitment to making education accessible to children around the world.
The inaugural MTV EMA Global Icon award went to Bon Jovi, who performed a rock medley featuring a trio of hits including the band’s most recent single, “What Do you Got,” from their 2010 Greatest Hits album, as well as seminal rock mega-hits “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life.”
The MTV EMAs broadcast live around the world to more than 600 million households via the MTV multimedia network. More than 46 million votes were cast by music fans voting for their favorite artists, a 32% rise over the 2009 awards.