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.

James Blunt was named Best International Newcomer, Shakira won the Best International Song award for LA TORTURA and COLDPLAY singer Chris Martin presented SIR Bob Geldof with the Humanitarian Award.

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.