Beyoncé wins top VMA after Kanye crashes Taylor’s moment

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Beyoncé took home Video of the Year at last night’s MTV’s Video Music Awards, only after a night marred by the latest round of antics from Kanye West at an awards ceremony.&

In what has certainly been the talk of the event, West’s abruptly crashed the stage when Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” was named Best Female Video. Just moments after beginning her acceptance speech for her first career VMA win, West ran on stage and snatched the microphone from the 19-year old pop-country star. “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you,” West said. “I’ll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” However, Beyoncé wasn’t even nominated for Best Female Video. Swift remained on stage and held on to her trophy while the audience at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall watched in disbelief before they began to boo West and then cheer for Swift.

Later in the night, when Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” did win for Video of the Year, Beyonce gave thanks and then asked that Swift join her on stage so that she could give a proper acceptance speech.

West later apologized through his blog (and to Swift’s mom backstage, while still maintaining his feelings that Beyoncé should have won), but only after a wide array of stars denounced his antics while talking to reporters or through messages on Twitter, personal blogs and other sources. Several reports indicate that Pink, who also lost in the Best Female Video category, attempted to approach West after his rant but was restrained by security.

In total, Beyoncé won three awards, as did Green Day and Lady GaGa. Other winners on the night included& T.I., Britney Spears and Eminem. Boston’s Passion Pit, who were nominated in the Best Breakthrough Video category for “The Reeling”, lost out on the prized Moonman to Matt and Kim’s “Lessons Learned”.

A complete list of the winners is available below.

The VMAs opened with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson. Madonna read an emotional speech before& sister Janet Jackson and a group of the King of Pop’s former dancers re-created some of Jackson’s most memorable music videos including “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Scream.” A trailer of the “This Is It” Michael Jackson concert film, a documentary capturing rehearsal footage for what would have been his comeback tour, was also televised during the awards ceremony broadcast. The trailer has since been posted on the movie’s website. (ThisIsIt-Movie.com)
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The ceremony also included a wealth of live performances including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys (during which Lil Mama abruptly jumped on stage for& at the end; she too later apologized),& Lady GaGa, Pink, Muse, and more.

2009 MTV Video Music Award Winners
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General Categories
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Video of the Year
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyonce

Best Female Video
“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift

Best Male Video
“Live Your Life” – T.I. featuring Rihanna

Best Rock Video
“21 Guns” – Green Day

Best Pop Video
“Womanizer” – Britney Spears

Best Hip-Hop Video
“We Made You” – Eminem
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Best New Artist
Lady Gaga
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Professional Categories
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Best Choreography
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyoncé
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Best Direction
“21 Guns” – Green Day
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Best Editing
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyoncé
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Best Special Effects
“Paparazzi” – Lady Gaga
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Best Cinematography
“21 Guns” – Green Day
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Best Art Direction
“Paparazzi” – Lady Gaga
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Online Categories
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Best Brekthrough Video
“Lessons Learned” – Matt and Kim
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Best Video That Should Have Won a Moonman
“Sabotage” – Beastie Boys

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