The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards took place without a hitch in New York’s Radio City Music Hall Thursday (August 31) night.
Rap diva Lil' Kim made a triumphant appearance in an orange jumpsuit and flanked by men dressed as prison guards. "The girl is back," Kim told a cheering crowd after stripping off a mock prison jumpsuit to reveal a black and gold pantsuit. "You can't keep a good bitch down," she added.
The rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was released from prison last month after serving time for perjury in a case involving a shootout between rival rappers in 2001 in New York. She was jailed last September and released in July.
Kanye West behaved, sticking to the words on the TelePrompTer while presenting video director Hype Williams with a Video Vanguard award for his work on videos featuring the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey. "If you want to be No. 1, you gotta work hard, you gotta pray hard and you gotta get Hype Williams," West said. Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star than performed a snippet of "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See," followed by Missy Elliott and Timbaland offering a similarly short version of "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)."
On a simultaneous online broadcast, MTV offered viewers not just a peak backstage at the Video Music Awards, but real-time behind-the-scenes access.
With more than 30 cameras, MTV's Overdrive Web site boasted an "uncensored" look at performers, presenters and stars as they made their way to the stage, exited with moonmen awards or powdered their noses in makeup rooms.
With two each, Blunt and Gnarls Barkley were the only artists to win more than one award. "You're Beautiful" also won for best cinematography, while Gnarls Barkley's summer smash "Crazy" won for best editing and best direction.
Other winners included the Black Eyed Peas for best hip-hop video with "My Humps," Kelly Clarkson for best female video with "Because of You," and Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug and Bun B. for “Check On It.”
See COMPLETE list of winners:
* Video of the Year: Panic! At the Disco, "I Write Sins not
* Best Male Video: James Blunt, "You're Beautiful"
* Best Female Video: Kelly Clarkson, "Because of You"
* Best Group Video: The All American Rejects, "Move Along"
* Best Rock Video: A.F.I., "Miss Murder"
* Best R&B Video: Beyonce featuring Slim Thug and Bun B, "
Check On It (Pink Panther)"
* Best Dance Video: Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg,
* Best Rap Video: Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone,
* Best Hip-Hop Video: The Black Eyed Peas, "My Humps"
* Best Pop Video Pink: "Stupid Girls"
* Best New Artist: Avenged Sevenfold, "Bat Country"
* Viewer's Choice Award: Fallout Boy, "Dance, Dance"
* Best Video Game Soundtrack: "Marc Ecko's Getting Up"
* Best Video Game Score: "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion"
* Ringtone of the Year: Fort Minor, "Where'd You Go"
* Best Editing: Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy"
* Best Cinematography: James Blunt, "You're Beautiful"
* Best Direction: Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy"
* Best Choreography: Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, "Hips
* Best Art Direction: Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Dani California"
* Best Special Effects: Missy Elliot, "We Run This"
|KANYE WEST CAR STOLE AND CRASHED |
|BEYONCE LEADS GRAMMY NODS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM RESPONDS TO ALLEGATIONS |
|KANYE WEST APOLOGIZES |
|EMINEM, JAY-Z AND KANYE FACE OFF |
|RAPPER LIL KIM VOTED OFF DWTS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM NAMED IN SCOTT STORCH CASE |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST GETS ONE MORE MONTH |
|AIR YEEZYS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM JOINS DANCING WITH THE STARS |
|2008 KANYE WEST |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST EXPECTED TO MOVE 500K UNITS |
|RAPPER LIL WAYNE LEADS GRAMMY NODS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST TEAMS WITH COMEDY CENTRAL |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST TO OPEN FAT BURGERS |
|MAN CONFESSES TO KILLING AT LIL KIM PARTY |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST DENIES ANGER MANAGEMENT RUMORS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST RELEASES ABSOLUT COMMERCIAL |
|2008 BET AWARD WINNERS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST TO HEADLINE NIKE TOUR |
|RAPPER LIL KIM WINS CASE |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST TO LAUNCH TRAVEL WEBSITE |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST HIT WITH LAWSUIT |
|2008 GRAMMY WINNERS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST & AMY WINEHOUSE STILL THE GRAMMY SHOW |
|JERMAINE DUPRI , KANYE WEST TIDBITS |
|2007 KANYE WEST |
|RAPPERS JAY-Z & KANYE WEST HIT UP VEGAS |
|KANYE WEST , DR. DRE TIDBITS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST LEADS GRAMMY NODS |
|KANYE WEST , THE GAME TIDBITS |
|DONDA WEST LAID TO REST |
|KANYE WEST , MARY J. BLIGE TIDBITS |
|MOTHER OF KANYE WEST EULOGIZED |
|THE MOTHER OF KANYE WEST DIES SUDDENLY |
|T.I. , KANYE WEST TIDBITS |
|KANYE WEST , JAY-Z TIDBITS |
|ALEXIS PHIFER LAUNCHES GHITA |
|KANYE WEST , GINUWINE TIDBITS |
|KANYE WEST , GHOSTFACE TIDBITS |
|KANYE WEST: Graduation |
|50 CENT , LIL KIM TIDBITS |
|MTV MAKES PEACE WITH RAPPER KANYE WEST |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST TURNS DOWN DEBATE |
|KANYE WEST , MISSY ELLIOTT TIDBITS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST TO SETTLE WITH KNIEVEL |
|KANYE WEST , MASTER P TIDBITS |
|LIL KIM , TONY YAYO TIDBITS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM HOSTS ONLINE AUCTION |
|TIMBALAND , KANYE WEST TIDBITS |
|LIL KIM , THE GAME TIDBITS |
|KANYE WEST , DIDDY TIDBITS |
|MADISON STAR |
|RAPPER LIL KIM TO HOST CUN & BILLBOARD CEREMONY |
|MOTHER OF RAPPER KANYE WEST PENS BOOK |
|KANYE WEST , ALICIA KEYS TIDBITS |
|FOXY BROWN , KANYE WEST TIDBITS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST DEVELOPING COMEDY |
|JAY-Z , KANYE WEST TIDBITS |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST SUED BY EVEL KNIEVEL |
|RAPPER KANYE WEST THROWS A FIT |
|RAPPER LIL KIM GIVES BACK |
|HIP-HOP HONORS PAY TRIBUTE TO B-GIRLS |
|LIL KIM , T.I. TIDBITS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM HIT WITH LAWSUIT |
|KANYE WEST , LUDACRIS TIDBITS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM FREE |
|RAPPER LIL KIM TO BE RELEASED EARLY |
|KANYE WEST , MARY J BLIGE , JAMIE FOXX WIN BIG AT BET AWARDS |
|RAPPER LIL KIM WRITES 3RD LETTER FROM PRISON |
|Kanye West 2005 |
|Lil Kim 2005 |
|GOSSIP: SAY IT AIN’T SO |
|KANYE WEST: Late Registration |
|KEYSHIA COLE: The Way It Is |
|GOSSIP: KIM RECONSIDERING |
|GOSSIP: ‘F’ YOU, PAY ME! |
|GOSSIP: Lil Kim To Get Reality Series |
|Lil' Kim Readies to Launch Hollyhood |
|Usher: Confessions Sp. Ed |
|Mimi So |
|Hip-Hop Furs |