Two was the magic number Thursday for MTV’s 17th annual Video Music Awards.
Eminem, Aaliyah, ‘N Sync, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bjork and Macy Gray each took home two trophies at the VMA ceremony at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Red Hot Chili Peppers also won an honorary nod, the Video Vanguard Award.
Rapper Eminem took home the night’s top prize, best video of the year, for “The Real Slim Shady,” as well as the male video award. The Peppers’ “Californication” won for best direction and art direction.
Aaliyah won the female award and best video from a movie for “Try Again,” which was featured in the pic “Romeo Must Die.” ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” took home the pop prize and best choreography. ‘N Sync and Eminem led the way in nominations with six each.
Macy Gray was the lone multiple winner for two songs: “Do Something” won cinematography, and “I Try” earned her best new artist. Bjork’s two awards came in the categories of breakthrough video and special effects for “All Is Full of Love.”
Blink 182’s “All the Small Things” took home one prize — best group video.
Other winners were rap, Dr. Dre featuring Eminem, “Forgot About Dre”; R&B, Destiny’s Child, “Say My Name”; hip-hop, Sisqo “Thong Song”; dance, Jennifer Lopez, “Waiting for Tonight”; rock, Limp Bizkit, “Break Stuff”; and editing, Aimee Mann, “Save Me.”
Metallica and Christina Aguilera, with five nominations each, and D’Angelo and Britney Spears (four each) went home empty-handed.
MTV also sponsored a worldwide viewers’ choice award. The winners were Achmand Dhani and Andra Ramadhan (MTV Southeast Asia); David Tao (MTV Mandarin); Clon (MTV Korea); Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Falguni Pathak (MTV India); O Rappa (MTV Brasil); Detsl (MTV Russia); Shakira (MTV Latin America North); and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (MTV Latin America).