Kelly Clarkson was so stunned to be named the first winner at the MTV Video Music Awards last night (28AUG05) she took her best pal up on stage with her - for moral support.

The American Idol winner took the stage to pick up her 'Moon Man' award for SINCE U BEEN GONE, admitting she hadn't considered she'd beat Gwen Stefani's HOLLABACK GIRL in the Best Female Video category.

She confessed, "Oh God! I didn't have a posse, so I brought my friend ashley, but thank you so much. I didn't know I was gonna win. My vote was for Gwen."