Eminem and 'N Sync Big VMA Winners

When accepting, Eminem struck back at the army of defamation lawsuits and bashing he’s endured over the past year.

“Every time that like a relative sues me, or every time a critic tries to slam me in the press or whatever, I sell more records. So I really want to thank you people for making my record as big as it is,” he said.

”I’m going to take this [award] home and put it right between my Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera posters.”

Spoofs, Surprises and Peppers Shawn Wayans kicked off the event posing as comedian Chris Rock, last year’s host. He proceeded to insult most of the star-studded audience, and ended up getting pounced on in a mock riot with Britney Spears and boy band lookalikes pummeling him.

Steven Tyler and Dr. Dre handed out the first awards for Best Group Video, to Blink 182 for “All the Small Things,” then a surprised Jennifer Lopez picked up the award for Best Dance Video “Waiting For Tonight.” She was practically speechless about the distinction, saying, “I’m just happy, if I forgot you I’m sorry.”

Veteran rock act the Red Hot Chili Peppers added two more awards to their accolades, including Best Direction in a Video for “Californication,” and the Video Vanguard Award (MTV’s version of a lifetime achievement award).

For a night that celebrated one of the angriest singers in the business, bassist Flea capped off the Chili Peppers acceptance speech with a far less threatening statement. He said he was grateful for everything including the gray hairs in his mohawk and went on to offer a special wish to his daughter, saying “I hope you had a great first day at school.”

ABCNEWS Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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