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SYDNEY — Delta Goodrem, Green Day and Black Eyed Peas were the big winners at the first MTV Australia Video Music Awards, held Thursday night at Sydney’s Luna Park.

Goodrem drew the female artist nod and shared the Pepsi viewers choice award with Green Day and Black Eyed Peas.

Green Day took prizes for rock group and rock video (“American Idiot”). The Black Eyed Peas walked away with the R&B video and sexiest video gongs for “Hey Mama.”

The VH1 Music First award was presented to Cher, acknowledging lifetime achievement.

Six of the 12 viewer-voted categories were won by Aussie acts, including Goodrem (female artist), Shannon Noll (male artist), Missy Higgins (breakthrough artist), Guy Sebastian’s “Out With My Baby” (pop video), and Dissociatives’ “Somewhere Down the Barrel” (video of the year).

Awards were hosted by the Osbourne family.

Among the performers were Carmen Electra, Chingy, Dissociatives, Goodrem with Brian McFadden, Eskimo Joe, Green Day, Grinspoon, Ja Rule, Kelly Osbourne, Missy Higgins, Natalie Imbruglia, Shannon Noll with Bryan Adams, Simple Plan, Switchfoot and Xzibit.

The 2005 Free Your Mind award was presented to the Australian Agency of Intl. Development, which manages Australia’s overseas aid programs and delivered the country’s tsunami relief contributions.

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