American pop star Ashlee Simpson and newcomers The Veronicas were the big winners at the MTV Australian Video Music Awards (AVMAs) today (12APR06), picking up two awards each. Simpson, who also hosted the star-studded ceremony at Sydney's Superdome, was a shock winner in the Best Female Artist category, beating Madonna, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson and Australian star Missy Higgins, as well as taking home Best Pop Video for BOYFRIEND. Twins sisters Lisa Marie and JESSICA LOUISE ORIGLIASSO, who form The Veronicas, were named Spankin' New Artist and Video Of The Year for 4EVER. Despite leading with nominations in five categories, Madonna failed to win any trophies. A host of international stars, including James Blunt, The Darkness and Snoop Dogg, performed at the event, and also walked away with one gong each. Meanwhile, former MIDNIGHT OIL rocker PETER GARRETT - who is now the Australian Labour Party politician for Kingsford Smith, New South Wales - won the Free Your Mind award for his environmental campaigns. The full list of winners is: Best Male Artist: Shannon Noll Best Female Artist: ASHLEE SIMPSON Spankin' New Artist: THE VERONICAS Best Group: Green Day Best Rock Video: THE DARKNESS - ONE WAY TICKET Best Pop Video: ASHLEE SIMPSON - BOYFRIEND Best Dance Video: ROGUE TRADERS - VOODOO CHILD Best R+B Video: CHRIS BROWN - RUN IT! Best Hip-Hop Video: SNOOP DOGG - DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT Song Of The Year: JAMES BLUNT - YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL Album Of The Year: BERNARD FANNING - WISH YOU WELL Video Of The Year: THE VERONICAS - 4EVER Viewers' Choice: ANTHONY CALLEA Free Your Mind: PETER GARRETT.