Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber shared the spoils in Frankfurt on Sunday at the MTV Europe Music Awards, each scooping three prizes at one of the biggest nights in the pop calendar outside the United States.
American country singer Swift, who left the Country Music Association awards empty-handed less than two weeks earlier, picked up honours for Best Female, Best Live and Best Look.
“Drei? Drei? I can’t believe you gave me three awards,” Swift, who was nominated in five categories, told the boisterous crowd of 7,000, trying out her best German.
One of the night’s most popular performers was dance sensation Psy with his record-breaking hit “Gangnam Style”, which won Best Video.
Skipping through the venue and on to the main stage in a sparkly blue jacket with his horse riding-inspired dance, he became the first South Korean artist to perform at the annual awards.
“This is beautiful. This is my very first time to participate, perform, be nominated, as an Asian artist, as a Korean artist, so I don’t know what to say,” he told journalists backstage.
He added that his next album would have more English songs on it.
Gangnam Style has been viewed more than 670 million times on YouTube and received a record-breaking 4.9 million “likes” on Facebook since being released in July.
Host Heidi Klum, who this year filed for divorce from singer husband Seal, also teamed up with Psy for a tongue-in-cheek performance of the dance.
“It was pretty,” Psy said of the duet.