SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS' was left distraught by Madonna's smooch with Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday (28AUG03) - because he turned up late and missed it.

The rap mogul arrived at New York's Radio City Music Hall just moments before the ceremony kicked off, and missed out on a front row seat.

Instead, diamond-loving Diddy was forced to huddle with the MTV crew and watch the tail-end of the three sexy stars' performance on a TV monitor on the red carpet.

He eventually made it into the show, where he paid tribute to late stars Barry White, Gregory Hines and Jam Master Jay.

31/08/2003 21:16