Elliott’s ‘Work’ MTV vid winner

Timberlake, Beyonce, Coldplay also nab multiple nod

NEW YORK — Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott nabbed a pair of MTV moonmen Thursday night, video of the year and hip-hip video, for her musicvid “Work It.”

Wins were hard won for Elliot, who had amassed 29 VMA noms in her career, only taking home two in 2001, as part of “Lady Marmalade” ensemble. Her six noms last year were completely shut out.

Country music icon Johnny Cash, who earned six noms for “Hurt,” took the cinematography prize but didn’t attend after being hospitalized with a stomach ailment.

No one artist dominated the ceremony, which celebrated its 20th anni Thursday night from Radio City. Justin Timberlake took home three statuettes: dance prize for “Rock Your Body” and pop and male vid for “Cry Me a River.”

Tied alongside him was Beyonce for “Crazy in Love,” which picked up honors for R&B, choreography and female. While winsome “Crazy in Love” featured Knowles’ real-life love interest Jay-Z, Knowles was unable to return the favor — “03 Bonnie & Clyde” by Jay-Z, featuring Beyonce, lost in the hip-hop category. Jay-Z has yet to win a VMA.

Coldplay, in the house as performers, also completed a hat trick, going three for three with “The Scientist.” Video won in breakthrough, group and direction categories.

New artist and rap honors went to 50 Cent for “In Tha Club.” Math rock darlings Radiohead grabbed the band’s first statuette ever for art direction in “There There.”

Last year’s big winner, Eminem, netted one moonman this year, for video in a film, “Lose Yourself.”

Linkin Park repeated last year’s success, winning the rock prize again for “Somewhere I Belong.” Fellow rockers Queens of the Stone Age snatched the special effects nod for “Go With the Flow” while the White Stripes triumphed in the editing category for “Seven Nation Army.”

The MTV2 Award went to the band AFI for their vid “Girl’s Not Grey.”

“American Idol” Kelly Clarkson was unable to translate her popularity into statuettes. Her thrice-nominated “Miss Independent” was shut out.