THE Black Eyed Peas were the big winners at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France, on Saturday night (21JAN06), scooping the Best International Group and Best International Album accolades.
However, the WHERE IS THE LOVE hitmakers' triumph was over-shadowed by the absence of Madonna who was scheduled to attend the ceremony, and even failed to record a video message to accept her Best International Female Artist gong.
British singer Robbie Williams was named Best International Male Artist and performed a barnstorming live version of his hit single TRIPPING.
Speaking in French, Martin told the star-studded audience, "I don't live nearby but I would have travel miles and miles to have the honour to present this award to a real hero. This person deserves it more than anybody else. Bob is my friend and he has been working on this cause for more than 20 years."
The full list of winners is:
Best French Newcomer: GREGORY LeMARCHAL
Best International Newcomer: JAMES BLUNT
Best French Male Artist: RAPHAEL
Best International Male Artist: ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Best Female French Artist: JENIFER
Best International Female Artist: MADONNA
Best French Group: LE ROI SOLEIL
Best International Group: THE BLACK EYED PEAS
Best French Album: AVANT QUE L'OMBRE by MYLENE FARMER
Best International Album: Monkey Business by THE BLACK EYED PEAS
Best Video: ELLE ME CONTROLE by M POKORA
Best French Song: ELLE ME CONTROLE by M POKORA
Best International Song: LA TORTURA by SHAKIRA
Humanitarian Award: SIR BOB GELDOF.