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MTV Video Music Awards: List of winners

September 13, 2009 |  8:36 pm

There were some notable surprises among winners of the MTV Video Music Awards, probably because there was a new voting system in place. Fans chose the winners online at MTV.com, which probably explains how Green Day ("21 Guns"), with its vast fan base assembled over the punk group's long music history, beat relative rookies Kings of Leon "Use Somebody") for best rock video. Expect cries of outrage over that travesty from serious music critics.

But there was one welcome, triumphant award result: Beyonce won her first MTV VMA for best video of the year. She had been nominated two years ago for "Irreplaceable," but got clobbered by Rihanna's "Umbrella." In true ladylike fashion, she stepped aside in her great moment of triumph to give the spotlight to Taylor Swift, who had her acceptance speech for best female video ruined earlier in the night by Kanye West.

MTV Video Music Awards VMAs winners list news

BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyonce

BEST NEW ARTIST
Lady Gaga

BEST MALE VIDEO
"Live Your Life," T.I. featuring Rihanna

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
"You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift

BEST POP VIDEO
"Womanizer," Britney Spears

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
"We Made You," Eminem

BEST ROCK VIDEO
"21 Guns," Green Day

BEST VIDEO (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON A MOONMAN)
"Sabotage," Beastie Boys

BEST BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
"Lessons Learned," Matt and Kim

Photo: MTV.com

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