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Americans dominate MTV Europe Music Awards 2004


Story: Jack Foley

THE Americans dominated the prize-giving at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome on Thursday (November 18, 2004), winning in most of the main categories.

Hip-hop duo, OutKast, emerged the biggest winners (and deservedly so), taking three prizes for best group, best video and best song (for Hey Ya), to cap a memorable year for the outfit.

Their double CD, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, emerged as one of the best albums of 2003, and turned Andre 3000 and Big Boi into the latest hip-hop sensations.

Speaking in Rome, Andre 3000 thanked fans their continues support over the years, adding: "We really appreciate it. I hope you don't get tired of us, but we only do what we do."

R&B singer, Usher, who dominated at the recent American MTV Music Awards, won best male artist and best album, for Confessions, while Eminem's group, D12, surprised many by triumphing in the best hip-hop category, beating the latest album from the Beastie Boys, as well as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Nelly.

In what proved to be a really disappointing night for British acts, only Muse picked up awards, being named best alternative act and best British artists, despite faring well in the nominations field.
Franz Ferdinand, for instance, were nominated in three categories, but failed to pick up an award in any.

The glittering event featured an array of live performances, including sequences from Eminem, who performed with children, Usher, who performed a duet with Alicia Keys, and The Beastie Boys, who entered the stage on bicycles and skateboards.

Other winners included The Black Eyed Peas, wh won best pop act, following the global success of their hit single, Where is the Love? They beat the likes of Avril Lavigne, Robbie Williams and Britney Spears, who was named best female.

Linkin Park were named best rock band and lead singer, Chester Bennington, described the prize as 'quite an honour'. The band are set to release a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration album with rapper, Jay-Z.

To round off the ceremony, MTV also arranged a huge open-air concert outside the ancient Colosseum, featuring The Cure and Anastacia. It is estimated that some 200,000 people attended.

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