THE video for the hit "Lady Marmalade" won best video of the year at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards last Thursday in a ceremony largely devoid of the sort of unscripted disruptions that have marked the show in the past and which included a surprise appearance by Michael Jackson.
"Marmalade," featuring pop and hip-hop divas Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, won the top honour at the 18th annual awards given out by cable's Music Television, beating out U2, Eminem and Janet Jackson among others.
The video also won best video from a film, from the musical "Moulin Rouge" which starred Nicole Kidman.
The night's other big winner was the boy band 'N Sync, which took four awards including best group video, best pop video, best dance video and viewers' choice, voted on by the public, all for "Pop.''
The group seemed caught off-guard, saying fellow nominee "Fatboy Slim was robbed" in the best dance video category. When it later won the best group award, members remarked that fellow nominee "U2 was robbed this time."
The awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York's Lincoln Centre and hosted by comedian Jamie Foxx, kicked off with Foxx's riff on the name changes that seem to have infected the music business, such as P. Diddy, the new stage name of Sean "Puffy" Combs, formerly known as Puff Daddy.
The first award in the three-hour-plus telecast, for best hip hop video, went to Outkast for "Ms. Jackson." Following a performance by Jennifer Lopez of "Love Don't Cost a Thing," the show featured a moving tribute to the rising star Aaliyah, last year's best female video winner for "Try Again" who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in August.
Other acts performing included U2, Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park and 'N Sync, whose performance was punctuated by a surprise appearance by self-described king of pop Jackson, thrilling the audience.
The Fatboy Slim video "Weapon of Choice," directed by Spike Jonze and featuring Christopher Walken, took the most awards with six, including best direction for Jonze as well as breakthrough video. Other awards to "Weapon" were for choreography, art direction, editing and cinematography.
Gwen Stefani proved to be a charm for the male and female video categories. Best male video went to Moby, featuring Stefani, for "South Side" while Eve, also featuring Stefani, took the prize for best female video for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind." Moby remarked that "without Gwen the video never would have gotten shown in the first place."
Rising R&B star Alicia Keys won the best new artist in a video award for her first single, "Fallin," which she also performed on the show.
Spike Jonze (left), Fatboy Slim and actor Christopher Walken (right) pose for photographers backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. Jonze was the director of the Fatboy Slim video "Weapon of Choice," which featured Walken. The video won the Best Direction award.
Michael Jackson, performs on stage with the band N'Sync during his "30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concert September 7 in New York's Madison Square Garden.
The music group "Destiny's Child" at the MTV Video Music Awards. From left to right are Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, and Michelle Williams. The group won the Best R&B Video award.
Yeoh in 'The Touch'
Malaysian-born actress Michelle Yeoh poses at the premiere of the movie "Moulin Rouge" in Hong Kong on Monday. Yeoh is busy on her new film "The Touch," directed by Peter Pau, the Oscar-winning
cinematographer of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Never Ending Tour
Since Bob Dylan's Grammy-winning album "Time Out of Mind" was released four years ago, the 60-year-old rock master has played 460 live shows, soaking up the cheers from crowds around the world. He feeds off his Never Ending Tour, dancing, grinning, cracking jokes, engaging in guitar duels with his band, then standing at solemn attention, his suit coat soaked with sweat, bending in a deep bow before leaving the stage. Dylan performs at the Doctor Music Festival in the Pyrinees village of Escalarre in this July 11, 1998 file photo.