Katrina wreaks havoc on Video Music Awards
MIAMI — The 22nd annual Video Music Awards — the second time the kudocast was held in Miami — was overshadowed by Mother Nature and by violence.Hurricane Katrina blew through town Thursday, disrupting rehearsal schedules, official and ancillary pre-show events, parties and air travel. A number of artists and presenters were ultimately rerouted to Tampa and Orlando and traveled to Miami via car. Hurricane also knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Miami-Dade County businesses and residents. Rain continued to fall off and on throughout Friday and Saturday as greater Miami began to clean up, but the VMA weekend party machine was in full swing by Saturday. However, a shooting at a party at the Shore Club Hotel in Miami Beach’s South Beach District landed Death Row Records’ Marion “Suge” Knight in surgery in the wee hours of Sunday. Knight’s leg injury was not life-threatening but the incident cast a pall over weekend events. Police said they had no suspects in the Miami shooting. The weather had greatly improved by Sunday afternoon, and arrivals at downtown Miami’s American Airlines Arena, which backs onto Biscayne Bay, took place under sunny skies. Hip-hop front, center With Sean “Diddy” Combs as master of ceremonies this year and with original music composed for the event by producers Li’l Jon and Mike Shinoda, hip-hop had a front seat at the show, but punk dominated the awards. Punk band Green Day, which had topped the nominee list with eight nominations, walked away with six moonmen for their “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”: video of the year, group video and rock video plus technical awards for direction, editing and cinematography. Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani and Gorillaz each took home two awards. “American Idol” popster Clarkson won for female video and pop video for “Since U Been Gone.” Elliott was tapped for hip-hop video and dance video for “Lose Control,” a song featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop. Stefani hailed Stefani received kudos for choreography in “Hollaback Girl” and for art direction for “What You Waiting For?” Gorillaz took breakthrough video for “Feel Good INC,” which was also tapped for special effects. Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” took honors for male video; Alicia Keys won for R&B video for “Karma”; and Ludacris’ “Number One Spot” nabbed the rap video award. The Killers were named best new artist for their “Mr. Brightside.” The MTV2 Award went to Fall Out Boy for “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” Videogame soundtrack winner was Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution Extreme. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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