Britney Spears has continued her triumphant comeback to the music scene - by taking home two of the biggest awards at this year's (08) MTV Europeam Music Awards in Liverpool, England.
The Toxic singer was honoured as the Act of 2008 and she also landed the gong for this year's (08) Best Album for Blackout.
Spears was unable to attend Thursday (06Oct08) night's ceremony but thanked her fans via a video message, urging them to carry on the party without her.
The double win follows Spears' return to form at September's (08) MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, where she thrilled fans by taking home three awards.
The EMAs kicked off with a rousing performance from the event's host, Katy Perry, who wowed the crowd with a rendition of her hit single I Kissed A Girl.
Pop punk Pink was subsequently announced as the night's first winner, beating off competition from host Perry to win the Most Addictive Track accolade for So What. She collected the prize from U.K. girl group Sugababes.
The second award of the evening was presented to German rockers Tokio Hotel, who picked up the best live act Headliner Award from singer Anastacia.
Katy Perry didn't have to wait long to win an award, taking home the Best New Act prize, telling the crowd, "The host can't win - it's like voting for yourself."
The next winners were 30 Seconds From Mars, fronted by actor Jared Leto, who picked up the Rock Out award.
And the biggest surprise of the night came when forgotten 1980s pop star Rick Astley was named Best Act Ever, beating superstars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to bag the honour after an internet prank, known as rickrolling - which featured his biggest hit Never Gonna Give You Up, increased his profile across the globe. The reclusive singer failed to turn up to collect the gong.
Rapper Lil Wayne beat Beyonce Knowles and Kanye West to claim the accolade for Ultimate Urban Artist.
West took to the stage to perform alongside British rapper/singer Estelle, singing their hit American Boy to a backdrop of U.S. flags and a large projected image of newly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama.
Other performers included U.S. rockers The Killers, Welsh soul sensation Duffy, pop duo the Ting-Tings and British boyband Take That, who performed at the first ever MTV EMAs in 1994.
U2 frontman Bono also presented Sir Paul MCCartney with the Ultimate Legend award - a one-off accolade to coincide with this year's (08) ceremony being held in his hometown.
The main list of winners are as follows:
Album Of the Year: Britney Spears - Blackout
Headliner: Tokio Hotel
Most Addictive Track: Pink - So What
New Act: Katy Perry
Ultimate Urban: Lil Wayne
Act of 2008: Britney Spears
Rock Out: 30 Seconds to Mars
Europe's Favourite Act: Leona Lewis
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