Although Nickelback and lead singer Chad Kroeger led the field with 12 nominations, the group was far from the biggest winner at the 2002 MuchMusic Video Awards were presented last night (June 16) in Toronto. Hip-hop act Swollen Members took home four awards, including best rap video, best director, and best independent video for “Fuel Injected.” The Toronto-based group also performed a blistering live version of the song during the ceremonies, moving into the crowd and scaling lighting equipment.
Multiple winners were Shakira, Nelly Furtado, David Usher, and Nickelback with two each, while Sum 41 and Blink 182 each picked up one. Nickelback, which competed against itself in several categories, won best video for “Too Bad” and best rock video for “How You Remind Me.” The group opened the two-hour show with a performance of the former, complete with assorted pyrotechnics.
The evening’s highlight came during Bow Wow’s performance of “Take Ya Home,” the single from his upcoming movie “Like Mike.” Flanked by six dancers, the 15-year-old rapper wowed the crowd while pro basketball stars Vince Carter and Jerome Williams of the Toronto Raptors grooved beside him.
Shakira, who gyrated throughout a performance of “Whenever Wherever,” won the people’s choice award for favorite international artist and best international video (artist). “I just want to say, with a capital G. Gracias! Gracias! Gracias!” she said after accepting her first award. “I just want to thank you for putting this big smile on my lips.” Furtado won favorite Canadian artist and also won the MuchMoreMusic award for “On the Radio (Remember the Days).”
Sum 41 performed its latest hit, “What We’re All About” from the “Spider-Man” soundtrack, but seemed a bit reserved during the song. Later, the group dropped a firecracker onstage after accepting the favorite Canadian group honor. Other performers included Puddle Of Mudd and Avril Lavigne. Presenters included Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson, Antonio Sabato Jr., and Glenn Lewis.
Here are winners for the 2002 MuchMusic Video Awards:
People’s choice favorite international artist: “Whenever Wherever,” Shakira
People’s choice favorite international group: “First Date,” Blink 182
People’s choice favorite Canadian artist: “Turn off the Light,” Nelly Furtado
People’s choice favorite Canadian group: “In Too Deep,” Sum 41
Best video: “Too Bad,” Nickelback
Best international video (Artist): Whenever Wherever,” Shakira
Best international video (Group): “Here To Stay,” Korn
Best pop video: “Black Black Heart,” David Usher
MuchLOUD Best rock video: “How You Remind Me,” Nickelback
MuchVIBE Best rap video: “Fuel Injected,” Swollen Members featuring Moka Only
MuchMoreMusic award: “On the Radio (Remember the Days),” Nelly Furtado
Videofact award: “Fuel Injected,” Swollen Members featuring Moka Only
Best director: “Fuel Injected,” Swollen Members featuring Moka Only
Best post-production: “Black Black Heart,” David Usher
Best cinematography: “If It Feels Good, Do It,” Sloan
Best independent video: “Fuel Injected,” Swollen Members featuring Moka Only