Jackson Tributes Steal Video Awards
If it weren't for a certain rapper, Michael would have stolen the show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 7:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – With the exception of Kanye West's inebriated attack on Taylor Swift, last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were all about Michael Jackson, with longtime friend Madonna and sister Janet delivering moving tributes, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Material Girl introduced the tribute, while Janet performed her half of the duet “Scream” as a video of Michael played in the background. Of course, there were also the big winners of the night:

  • Video of the Year: Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
  • Best Female Video: Taylor Swift, "You Belong With Me."
  • Best Rock Video: Green Day, "21 Guns."
  • Best Pop Video: Britney Spears, "Womanizer."
  • Best Male Video: TI featuring Rihanna, "Live Your Life."
  • Best Hip-Hop Video: Eminem, "We Made You."
  • Best New Artist: Lady Gaga.
  • Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman): Beastie Boys, "Sabotage."
  • Best Breakthrough Video: Matt and Kim, "Lessons Learned."