Click here for a complete list of winners
In the end, it was a tie between good and evil. Eminem and 'N Sync, the year's top-selling artists, each nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, went home with three apiece.
'N Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye" earned Best Pop Video honors, and was also given the Viewer's Choice Award, the only prize voted on by the fans. For his part, Eminem took home Moonmen for Video of the Year and Best Male Video for "The Real Slim Shady." He also earned extra points for his role in Dr. Dre's "Forgot About Dre," which earned Best Rap Video honors.
Aaliyah's "Try Again," from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack, also earned a pair of awards, Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.
Blink-182's "All the Small Things" was named Best Group Video, while Destiny's Child took home a Best R&B Video Moonman for "Say My Name." Sisqo's "Thong Song" won Best Hip-Hop Video, and Limp Bizkit won Best Rock Video for "Break Stuff."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were given the Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, saw the directors of their "Californication" video take home the Best Direction Award, shortly after they performed the song.
The event was held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, and hosts Shawn and Marlon Wayans, the first twosome to host the ceremony in its 15-year history. The duo began by dissing members of the audience, à la last year's host, Chris Rock, but rather then embracing the siblings, the crowd rankled, until the Wayans turned the mic over to a pair of old-schoolers, Stephen Tyler and Dr. Dre, who introduced the evening's first performer, Janet Jackson, who let loose with "Doesn't Really Matter."
From there, much of the evening was a standard music industry award show, albeit skewed toward the MTV generation. There were highlights, sure, but there were plenty of forgettable moments as well. It seemed that the majority of the presenters, including U2's Bono and the Edge, the Wallflowers' Jakob Dylan, Eve, and Sting, all have albums due in the near future, and every actor that handed out an award has a film that opens in the coming months. Madonna, whose new album is due later this month, didn't put in an appearance.
Highlights, however, included:
Most Scattered Award: Macy Gray, upon receiving her Best New Artist Moonman, gave a rambling speech and then had to be guided to the wings by Kate Hudson and Jakob Dylan.
Best Parody: The Wayans version of Macy Gray's "I Try," which featured Marlon Wayans as an enormously afro-ed Gray. The, ahem, climactic moment came as he lifted his skirt, revealing red afro-ed nether regions.
Worst Parody: The Wayans brothers portraying a breast-touching Venus and Serena Williams. The tennis-playing sisters addressed this in a video introduction for Sisqo, who performed a two-song medley that, unsurprisingly, culminated in both crotch grabs and the "Thong Song."
Best Acceptance Speech: Aaliyah, who brought her brother up to the stage to help her bring home her Best Female Video Award. Speaking with charm and grace, she closed her speech by dedicating her award to her grandfather and the memory of her grandmother. A close second was Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea, who thanked his daughter, telling her that he "hoped she had a great first day at school."