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3:49 PM PST 11/11/2013 by Georg Szalai
Amsterdam played host to the 20th edition of the biggest annual Viacom International Media Networks event. Among the other stars cheered by the hot crowd at the Ziggo Dome were Katy Perry, Eminem and Bruno Mars.
Bruno Mars won the first award of the night as he was honored in the best song category for his hit “Locked Out of Heaven." He later returned to perform "Gorilla."
Chris Lee of China was named best worldwide act, beating out such competition as Justin Bieber and One Direction. The win continued one major EMA series: Artists from Asia have won the award every time since its launch a few years ago. Last year, Chinese Mandopop singer Han Geng won the category, beating out the likes of Rihanna.
Eminem received two honors at the EMAs. Early in the night, he won the best hip-hop act award. Later, he got the global icon honor, which was announced ahead of the show. The rapper also drew some of the biggest buzz with his live performance. Eminem now has 15 EMAs, more than any other artist or band.
The young Swedish duo ended the EMAs with some girl power, managing to get the crowd up one more time. Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo performed their hit “I Love It" as parts of the crowd sang along.
Katy Perry won the EMA for best female performer, telling the crowd: "I love what I do. I hope you can tell." She dazzled the audience with her performance, which ended with her suspended from the ceiling, wearing a silver bodysuit that reflected lasers and lights.
Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon brought a taste of Oklahoma to Amsterdam. The band performed “Beautiful War” for the EMA audience. They provided a spark for fans, while sparks also flew around them thanks to a big pyrotechnics display.
The star once again managed to shock at the EMAs, after her twerking antics at the VMAs. In Amsterdam, she lit up what seemed to be a joint and took a puff -- a scene edited for the U.S. flagship MTV network later in the evening. Cyrus started the show with a brief version of "We Can’t Stop," during which she twerked with her midget partner. She also won her first-ever EMA in the best video category for “Wrecking Ball.”
The LMFAO star served as MC of the show that had an "out of this world" theme. And he went through more outfit changes than any host before him. Early in the show, he ripped off the rest of his clothes to reveal a shiny speedo.
Robin Thicke helped get the EMAs into full swing early on in the show. He performed his hit "Blurred Lines" with Iggy Azalea before sitting down at a piano for “Feels Good." He also was showered with confetti to many cheers.
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy -- joined by Katy Perry and others -- entertained the EMA audience with video skits throughout the show. He also handed Eminem his Global Icon award and engaged in some comedic banter. Before the show, he walked the red carpet and posed for the press.
The rock band is expected to take time off after a big Amsterdam weekend. The Killers performed an MTV World Stage concert two days before the EMAs. And at the show itself, they entertained the crowd with a medley of hits.
Ron Burgundy and Daft Punk
Burgundy's video hijinks across Amsterdam were screened as interstitials during the show. In the first one, the anchorman shared a tandem bike with Daft Punk…or were those just two guys looking like the French duo?
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