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In pictures: MTV Europe Music Awards
6 November 2009
Last updated at 12:12
US superstar Beyonce was the big winner at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards picking up three prizes for best female, song and video.
Beyonce was the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2009, held in the German capital to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The singer picked up three prizes for best female, song (Halo) and video (Single Ladies).
Beyonce began her performance at the ceremony by lying on a heart-shaped bed. When she won the best video award, she thanked husband Jay-Z for "putting a ring on it". She also dedicated her best female award to fellow nominee Shakira.
Beyonce's husband Jay-Z also picked up best urban act but said he wasn't happy about the label: "I thank you for this award. I look forward to the day when all those walls come down and it's just music. We're all artists at the end of the day."
U2 caused some controversy at the show. The band gave a mini-concert at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, which now symbolises peace, but a large metal barrier was put up to stop people without free tickets getting through. The band won best live act.
Leona Lewis performed live at the event, singing Happy, the first single off her second album. She lost out to Beyonce in the best female award category but she was pleased to be appearing: "I haven't got a million people on stage with me, it's just me."
Foo Fighters performed Wheels and All My Life. Dave Grohl was happy to take part even though they've been off the scene for a while. He said: "We're in the middle of this break that we're taking. I think our next record's going to surprise people."
Green Day won the award for best rock act. The punk trio started the night playing Know Your Enemy from 21st Century Breakdown and Minority from 2000 album Warning. Singer Billie Joe Armstrong did his trademark walk through the crowd playing his guitar.
British singer Pixie Lott picked up one of the two new awards handed out at the event, for best push artist. Despite being at the ceremony she picked up her prize via video. She said: "It has been a very amazing, crazy year so I want to say thank you."
Placebo surprisingly beat Muse, The Prodigy, Paramore and The Killers to the best alternative act. The British group released their sixth studio album this year, Battle For The Sun. The best band award went to German rockers Tokio Hotel.
David Hasselhoff turned up at the awards to present a prize. He handed out the best rock act award to Green Day but said he couldn't take credit for the Berlin Wall coming down 20 years ago. His song Looking For Freedom was a hit in Germany at the time.
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