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Lady Gaga was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, winning eight prizes including video of the year.
Most of her Moonman statuettes were for her video “Bad Romance,” a futuristic clip featuring plenty of skin-baring scenes and bizarre costumes.
The flamboyant pop singer, as famous for her outre fashion sense as for her musical sensibilities, led the field with 13 nominations.
The only other multiple winner was eight-time nominee Eminem, who won a pair of awards for his clip “Not Afraid.” The rapper opened the show with a medley of tunes but hastily exited the Nokia Theater before accepting his statuettes.
Taylor Swift, who received a single nomination, went home empty-handed, crushed by the Lady Gaga juggernaut. But the country-pop starlet provided one of the show’s more provocative moments, debuting a song that recounted her onstage controversy with Kanye West during last year’s ceremony.
West earned widespread opprobrium when he stormed the stage during Swift’s acceptance of an award, grabbed the microphone from her and praised Beyonce, who was competing for the same award.
President Barack Obama was among those who criticized him.
Swift’s plaintive ballad, whose title was not known, appeared to offer an olive branch of sorts to the embattled hip-hop star. Swift sang that West was “32 and still growing up … Lost your balance on the tightrope, it’s never too late to get back.”
In addition to winning video of the year for “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga also took home the prizes for female video, pop video, dance video, choreography, direction and editing. Moreover, her video for “Telephone” featuring Beyonce won for best collaboration.
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