Christina Aguilera demonstrated how to "Hurt" with tremendous class, Panic! At the Disco brought their "Sins" to the stage in smashing style, and Beyonce did indeed ring the alarm. However, possibly the most memorable element of the evening was the continuing string of shocked winners. Fan voting made it an unpredictable night of results with no one dominating the proceedings. Few would have predicted that Panic! At the Disco would walk off with the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year.
The best innovation was MTV's new coverage of backstage proceedings online. The voyeur in us all got a fascinating eyeful much of the evening. This is an element that should be continued in the future.
Top 5 Live Performances
- Christina Aguilera - "Hurt"
- Panic! At the Disco - "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
- Beyonce - "Ring the Alarm"
- OK Go - "Here It Goes Again"
- The Killers - "When You Were Young"
Complete List of Winners
- Video of the Year
- Best Male Video - James Blunt "You're Beautiful"
- Best Female Video - Kelly Clarkson "Because of You"
- Best Group Video - All-American Rejects "Move Along"
- Best Rap Video - Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone "Ridin'"
- Best R&B Video - Beyonce featuring Slim Thug "Check On It"
- Best Hip Hop Video - Black Eyed Peas "My Humps"
- Best Dance Video - Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg "Buttons"
- Best Rock Video - AFI "Miss Murder"
- Best Pop Video - Pink "Stupid Girls"
- Best New Artist - Avenged Sevenfold "Bat Country"
- MTV2 Award - 30 Seconds to Mars "The Kill"
- Viewer's Choice - Fall Out Boy "Dance, Dance"
- Best Direction - Gnarls Barkley "Crazy"
- Best Choreography - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie"
- Best Special Effects - Missy Elliott "We Run This"
- Best Art Direction - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"
- Best Editing - Gnarls Barkley "Crazy"
- Best Cinematography - James Blunt "You're Beautiful"
- Best Video Game Soundtrack - Mark Ecko's Getting Up
- Best Video Game Score - Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Ringtone of the Year - Fort Minor featuring Holly Brook "Where'd You Go"
- Video Vanguard Award - Hype Williams