Americans shine brightest at MTV Europe awards

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British pop acts All Saints and Robbie Williams picked up awards at the MTV Europe 2000 ceremony last night as American artists dominated the winners.

British pop acts All Saints and Robbie Williams picked up awards at the MTV Europe 2000 ceremony last night as American artists dominated the winners.

The two awards that went to All Saints and Williams were dwarfed by the number which were handed to Americans, including two each to Madonna and the rap singer Eminem.

All Saints, whose latest album Saints and Sinners was well received, beat off competition from Williams, Britney Spears and the American boy band The Backstreet Boys to collect the award for best pop act.

British bands were up for several awards, and Williams was nominated in five categories, but he missed out on the best male award, which went to the Latin singer Ricky Martin. He also lost out to an American in the best video category in which he was nominated for "Rock DJ". The award went to Moby, for his track "Natural Blues".

Williams instead collected the best song award for his single "Rock DJ". The singer, who was reportedly warned to rest by his doctor after being diagnosed with gastro-enteritis, later performed his song "Kids" with Kylie Minogue.

The Scottish band Travis were nominated for the best group award but missed out to The Backstreet Boys. Madonna also fought off British bands to win her two awards, beating Sonique to the best dance act and the Spice Girl Mel C to best female.

The controversial rapper Eminem won awards for best hip hop act and best album for The Marshal Mathers LP.

There was more success for the Americans with the best rock band award going to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and best new act going to Blink 182.

The spoof interviewer Ali G presented the award for best male and mocked the Swedes for giving the world the Saab 900 turbo, the band Ace of Base and pornographic films.

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