The US divas dominate in ladies' night at MTV awards
Lady Gaga won three prizes at last night's MTV Europe Music Awards, claiming the honours for best female, best song, and best pop act just a year after taking the best new act prize.
US acts claimed the honours in almost every major category at what is one of the music industry's biggest annual showcases outside the United States.
Lady Gaga accepted her awards via satellite link from Budapest, where she was performing last night.
As she claimed her first prize, she said: "I'm all the way in Budapest and I'm so sorry I couldn't be there to accept this award myself but there are 20,000 little monsters out there waiting for me, so I have to hurry up and get back on stage.
"This means so much to me Europe, I love you."
Katy Perry, host of the 2008 and 2009 awards, took best video for 'California Gurls', which featured Snoop Dogg.
Perry, who performed earlier in the evening, accepted her award wearing a metallic mini-dress with her hair in a high ponytail, and said: "This is awesome, I really want to thank you guys, because I was just on stage and you guys are the best f***ing crowd in Europe."
Canadian teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber (16) was voted best male, beating Kanye West and Eminem to the award, while Linkin Park brought their road crew out on stage to help celebrate winning the live act category.
Awards host Eva Longoria had warned fans to expect the unexpected on a night when acts including Perry, Bon Jovi, Ke$ha, Kid Rock, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Shakira all appeared.
Longoria took to the stage wearing a revealing black dress, in the first of eight ensembles designed by Victoria Beckham, before a quick change into a scarlet mini-dress.
She was joined on stage at one point by last year's host Katy Perry, who stripped away Longoria's demure prom-style black dress to reveal the actress in a tiny corset.
Shakira kicked off the female-dominated gala evening with a medley of songs. The singer wore a silver bikini top and tasselled silver trousers to perform her latest single 'Loca', and 'Waka Waka (This is Africa)'.
This year's awards, broadcast live to millions of viewers across Europe, were held in Madrid's Caja Magica.
THE TOP ACTS
Best song: Lady Gaga for ‘Bad Romance
Best live act: Linkin Park
Best European act: Marco Mengoni
Best new act: KE$HA
Best female: Lady Gaga
Best male: Justin Bieber
Best push artist: Justin Bieber
Best pop act: Lady Gaga
Best rock act: Thirty Seconds to Mars
Best alternative: Paramore
Best Spanish singer: Enrique Iglesias
Best video: Katy Perry for ‘California Gurls;
Best hip hop: Eminem
MTV global icon: Bon Jovi
World stage act: Tokio Hotel