Winners and highlights from the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
Aug 28 2011 09:12 pm CET

Sunday night MTV handed out Moonman trophies to several artists for their work in music videos in the past year. Katy Perry led the field in nominations with a total of 10 for four different videos. Here are the highlights and winners.

•Lady GaGa opened the show with a drag performance of her latest single "You and I."

•Jonah Hill and Nicki Minaj presented the award for Best Pop Video. The winner was Britney Spears for "Till the World Ends."

•Best Rock Video was awarded to "Walk" by Foo Fighters.

•"Beastie Boys of the Future" (Will Farrell and Jack Black) presented the award for Best Hip-Hop Video. Nicki Minaj won for "Super Bass."

•Demi Lovato and Chord Overstreet presented Best Collaboration. "E.T." by Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West) was the winner.

•Rick Ross and Paul Rudd introduced Pitbull and Ne-Yo. Remember when Busta Rhymes and Martha Stewart shared the stage? It was a little like that.

•Adele performed "Someone Like You." A different vibe from the rest of the show – thanks from those of us outside the MTV demo!

•Kim Kardashian (sure, why not?) presented for Best Male Video. The winner was "U Smile" by Justin Bieber. Just a reminder: fan vote determines these.

•Chris Brown performed a dance tribute to previous VMAs. This was followed by Jessie J singing "No Scrubs" into the commercial break. Whoever made that song choice for that moment deserves a promotion and a raise.

•Lady GaGa (back in her drag king persona) presented the Video Vanguard Award to Britney Spears. That seems appropriate.

•After politely rejecting a kiss from Lady GaGa, Britney introduced Beyonce for a performance of "Love on Top." She ended the performance by giving her alleged baby bump a loving rub. That is going to be one gorgeous baby.

•Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner presented the Best New Artist Award. The public selected Tyler, the Creator's "Yonkers."

•Young the Giant took the stage next, having brought in 250 fans from their hometown.

•Cloris Leachman and the girls of Jersey Shore? And they enter in to "Tell Your Girlfriend" by Robyn. Robyn deserves so much better. They presented for Best Female Video to Lady GaGa for "Born This Way."

•Russell Brand offered a tribute to Amy Winehouse, who passed away last month. He talked about her genius and extraordinary voice, though her alcoholism and drug addiction was a major obstacle. This segued into an appearance by Tony Bennett. Both men spoke of Amy maintaining the traditions of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Then we saw a video of a recording session with Tony and Amy from earlier this year. Bruno Mars closed out the tribute with a performance of the song "Valerie." This was a truly classy moment.

•Katie Holmes had the honor of presenting the final award: Video of the Year. The last Moonman went to Katy Perry for "Firework."

•The final performance, introduced by Drake, was Lil Wayne. Coincidentally, he has a new album coming out this week.

Winning Videos (Some NSFW Content)

•Best Pop Video

•Best Rock Video

•Best Hip-Hop Video

•Best Collaboration •Best Special Effects

•Best Male Video

•Best New Artist

•Best Female Video •Best Video With a Message

•Best Art Direction •Best Editing •Best Cinematography

•Best Choreography

•Video of the Year

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