While the stars picked up awards for best choreography, best pop video and breakthrough video respectively, eight-times-nominated rapper Missy Elliott scooped the coveted Video of the Year award for her smash hit WORK IT. Elliott, who also picked up the best hip-hop video award, is a first-time winner at the VMAs, despite her numerous nominations.
The ceremony, which took place at New York's Radio City Music Hall, also saw British rockers Duran Duran clinch their first ever VMA honour when they were handed a surprise lifetime achievement award by Kelly Osbourne and AVRIL LAVIGNE.
While comedian Chris Rock left audience members open-mouthed with jibes at such stars as R Kelly, Paula Abdul and 50 CENT, Madonna and Britney Spears provided the real shock of the night when they locked lips in a raunchy display while opening the show with Christina Aguilera.
The full list of winners is as follows:
- VIDEO OF THE YEAR: MISSY 'MISDEMEANOR' ELLIOTT, WORK IT
- BEST MALE VIDEO: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, CRY ME A RIVER
- BEST FEMALE VIDEO: BEYONCE FEATURING JAY-Z, Crazy In Love
- BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO: 50 CENT, IN DA CLUB
- BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO: COLDPLAY, The Scientist
- BEST GROUP VIDEO: COLDPLAY, THE SCIENTIST
- BEST RAP VIDEO: 50 CENT, IN DA CLUB
- BEST R+B VIDEO: BEYONCE FEATURING JAY-Z, CRAZY IN LOVE
- BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO: MISSY 'MISDEMEANOR' ELLIOTT, WORK IT
- BEST DANCE VIDEO: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ROCK YOUR BODY
- BEST ROCK VIDEO: Linkin Park, SOMEWHERE I BELONG
- BEST POP VIDEO: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, CRY ME A RIVER
- BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: COLDPLAY (DIRECTOR: Jamie Thraves), THE SCIENTIST
- BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: COLDPLAY (DIRECTOR: JAMIE THRAVES), THE SCIENTIST
- BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO: BEYONCE FEATURING JAY-Z, CRAZY IN LOVE
- BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO: Queens Of The Stone Age, GO WITH THE FLOW
- BEST ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: Radiohead, THERE THERE
- BEST EDITING IN A VIDEO: THE White Stripes, SEVEN NATION ARMY
- VIEWER'S CHOICE: Good Charlotte, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH + FAMOUS
- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - DURAN DURAN.29/08/2003 07:40
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