MTV VMAs: Katy Perry Tops Award Winners

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Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Nicky Minaj and Foo Fighters also were among those taking home Moonmen at Sunday night's show.

Katy Perry won her first Moonmen at Sunday night's Video Music Awards, taking home video of the year for "Firework."

The singer also took home the trophy for best collaboration and best special effects for her single "E.T.," featuring Kanye West. (A complete list of winners can be found here.)

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"Now this is a time you want to interrupt me right, Kanye?" Perry quipped to West in accepting the collaboration award, referring to his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift in 2009. 

"There's nothing like your first time, your first Moonman, right?" she asked West, to which he responded: "I have more."

Going into Sunday night's show, Perry led all nominees with a total of nine noms, followed by Adele and West with seven apiece.

Adele went home with four trophies for "Rolling in the Deep" -- best direction, editing, art direction and cinematography -- which were handed out before the ceremony. 

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Meanwhile, Justin Bieber won best male video for his single "U Smile." The teen pop sensation gave girlfriend Selena Gomez a kiss before heading to the stage.

In his acceptance speech, he thanked Jesus, "because I wouldn't be here without him. He's really blessed me and put me in this position."

He also praised his fellow nominees: "I want to share this award with all of them."

Britney Spears won the first televised award of the night, taking took home the Moonman for best pop video for her song "Till the World Ends." 

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In her acceptance speech, Spears thanked her family, including her two sons, Jaden and Preston.

"And to all of my fans and (boyfriend) Jason (Trawick), I love you," she concluded. Spears also was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during the show.

Nicki Minaj also won her first VMA, taking home the trophy for best hip-hop video for "Super Bass." When her name was announced, fellow nominee Lil Wayne playfully screamed "I hate you!" at her.

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters won best rock video for "Walk." In accepting the award, frontman gave a shoutout to Judy McGrath, who stepped down as MTV Networks chairman and CEO in May.

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Tyler, the Creator won best new artist for his video for "Yonkers," beating out the likes of Foster the People, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Kreayshawn.

"I really can't believe I'm here right now," Tyler said in accepting the award. "I didn't write an acceptance speech." But he encouraged "all the kids watching" to go after their dreams.

The awards show, taking place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, kicked off with a performance by Lady Gaga. Gaga also won the non-televised award for best video with a message for "Born This Way."

She also won best female video for "Born This Way" and accepted the award as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, a character she kept all throughout the show.

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"I'm so happy to accept the award tonight because Gaga's not here," she said, adding: "I know if she was here tonight she'd want me to thank her little monsters," as her fans are called.

Several awards were announced before the ceremony. -- while Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" won for best choreography. 

Other performers included Adele; Pitbull and Bruno Mars; Chris Brown; Beyonce and West and Jay-Z. Russell Brand introduced a tribute to Amy Winehouse, who died last month.