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NSYNC seemed surprised by at least half of their awards, first saying fellow nominee "Fatboy Slim was robbed" in the best dance video category, then remarking that "U2 was robbed" after winning the best group award.

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY!

Fatboy Was Walken on Sunshine, But Jackson’s Moonwalk Was the Talk of the Moon Men
While Christopher Walken’s dancing may have been the talk of the town before the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, it was Michael Jackson’s dancing during the show that really stole the spotlight.

Walken’s cool tap-dancing turn made Fatboy Slim’s Spike Jonze-directed "Weapon of Choice" the night’s biggest winner, taking home six Moon Man trophies—including best direction for Jonze, breakthrough video, choreography, art direction, editing and cinematography.

But Walken’s "Weapon" wasn’t enough to disarm the obvious appeal of the Marmaladies, as the video for the Moulin Rouge hit "Lady Marmalade"—featuring the quintuple diva power of Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott—won best video honors. The video also won best video from a film.

The night's other big winner was NSYNC, who took four awards including best group video, best pop video, best dance video and viewers' choice, voted on by the public, all for "Pop." The group seemed surprised by at least half of their awards, first saying fellow nominee "Fatboy Slim was robbed" in the best dance video category, then remarking that "U2 was robbed" after winning the best group award.

The three-hour-plus telecast included performances by Britney Spears (debuting her super sexy new single, "Slave 4 U"), Jennifer Lopez, U2, Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys (who also won the best new artist Moon Man for her single "Fallin’") and NSYC, whose performance was punctuated by a surprise appearance by Jackson, who thrilled the audience with some fancy footwork himself. The show also featured a moving tribute to Aaliyah, last year's best female video winner for "Try Again" who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in August.

No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani proved to be a charm for the male and female video categories. Best male video went to Moby, featuring Stefani, for "South Side" while Eve, also featuring Stefani, took the prize for best female video for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind." Moby remarked that "without Gwen the video never would have gotten shown in the first place."

Other winners were Nelly's "Ride Wit Me," for rap video, Destiny's Child's "Survivor" for R&B video, Limp Bizkit's "Rollin," which was named best rock video, and Robbie Williams' "Rock DJ," which won for best special effects in a video.

U2 was presented with the 2001 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. The band, whose performance was briefly marred by a technical glitch, paid special tribute to The Ramones in its acceptance speech.

The first-ever MTV2 award, chosen by Internet users, went to Mudvayne, for "Dig," who stood out with their green or red spiked mohawks set off by white dinner jackets splashed with what appeared to be blood.

The awards were held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York's Lincoln Center and were hosted by comedian Jamie Foxx.

 

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