Britney Spears was the big winner at the MTV Video Music awards (VMAS) claiming three trophies.

The Toxic star - who made the headlines with a shambolic performance at the 2007 show - was the talk of the Los Angeles event for the right reasons on Sunday.

Britney, 26, admitted she was "speechless" to claim her first ever VMAs, which included the top prize of video of the year.

Host Russell Brand said the night marked the "launch of a very new Britney Spears era".

"Consider this the resurrection of Britney Spears," he said. "If there was a female Christ, it's Britney," he added.

However, US pop sensations the Jonas Brothers were the target of Brand's ire, as he made fun of their purity rings.

The controversial British comedian also took a pop at current US president George Bush during his opening monologue.

"Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black president," he said, referring to Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

"But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retarded cowboy fella be president for eight years.

"We were very impressed. We thought it was nice of you to let him have a go, because, in England, he wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors," he joked.

Other performers included Kanye West, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera.

The winners at the 2008 MTV VMAs were:Video of the year:
Britney Spears: Piece of Me

Female video:
Britney Spears: Piece of Me

Male video:
Chris Brown: With You

Rock video:
Linkin Park: Shadow of the Day

Hip-hop video:
Lil Wayne: Lollipop

Pop video:
Britney Spears: Piece of Me

Dancing in a video:
Pussycat Dolls: When I Grow Up

New artist:
Tokio Hotel

08/09/2008 08:30:39