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MTV video awards joy for Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga caused a stir at the MTV Video Music Awards when she took to the stage in a matching dress, boots, hat and purse - that appeared to be made of cuts of raw beef.

The Poker Face singer, 24, dominated the bash with eight awards - matching the record for the second highest number of wins in one night.

Florence And The Machine and rock band Muse were British winners at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.

Tears ran down Lady Gaga's face after Cher presented the US singer with the most coveted award of the ceremony, Video Of The Year, for Bad Romance.

Lady Gaga handed Cher her purse and told the audience: "I never thought I'd be asking Cher to hold my meat purse."

Lady Gaga's Bad Romance video scored seven of her eight wins, including best Female, Pop Video and Video Of The Year, while Telephone, featuring Beyonce, won best Collaboration.

Gaga had sported an Alexander McQueen creation for the earlier part of the evening, before taking to the stage to collect her final award wearing a dress that looked as though it had been made from layers of meat.

Performances of the night included Florence Welch singing Dog Days Are Over, which won the Art Direction trophy. She sang while lying down and spinning on a rotating stage in front of the audience.

The ceremony also saw Taylor Swift forgive Kanye West for last year's antics, when the rap star interrupted her acceptance speech, saying her trophy should have gone to Beyonce.

Taylor offered an olive branch with her song Innocent, singing: "Everyone of us has messed up, too ... I hope you remember today is never too late to be brand new."

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