Eminem a big winner but Cyrus sparks MTV awards controversy
Singer (20) appeared to smoke a joint on stage during Amsterdam ceremony
Rapper Eminem had triple cause to celebrate after he was the biggest winner at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam.
But it was Miley Cyrus who sparked controversy after she appeared to light a rolled-up joint on stage.
US hip-hop star Eminem, 41, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers, triumphed with the prizes for Global Icon and Best Hip Hop act on the same day he scored his seventh consecutive number one UK album with The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
He took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God - two tracks from his new album.
“This is crazy. I want to say thank you to everybody over the years,” he said to Will Ferrell’s Anchorman alter-ego Ron Burgundy as he accepted the Global Icon award.
Making a reference to the 2004 comedy, he joked: “I love award.”
Cyrus, 20, alluded to her drug-taking past by taking what looked like a joint from her handbag as she accepted the award for Best Video for her song, Wrecking Ball.
The Bangerz singer, who opened the show with a performance of We Can’t Stop accompanied by a dwarf, previously courted controversy for her “twerking” with Robin Thicke.
“I couldn’t fit this award in my purse but I did find this,” she said before flicking a lighter and smoking it.
Other big winners on the night included Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber.
“This is so cool. I was sitting backstage drinking champagne, looking at all those people, thinking I’m not going to win. I love what I do and I’m glad you see that,” she said as she received her trophy on stage.
Jared Leto and his Thirty Seconds To Mars bandmates took home the award for Best Alternative act.
“This is actually surreal because we are going to play this venue in two days. Thank you to all the dreamers... You made ours come true,” the frontman said.
There were memorable performances from Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Kings Of Leon and The Killers, before Swedish duo Icona Pop — Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo — closed the ceremony with their hit, I Love It.
Thicke’s performance of Blurred Lines featured a special guest appearance from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
Best UK & Ireland Act: One Direction
Global Icon Award: Eminem
Best Look: Harry Styles
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel
Best Song: Locked Out Of Heaven, Bruno Mars
Best Hip-Hop: Eminem
Best Alternative: 30 Seconds To Mars
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best New Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Worldwide Act: Chris Lee
Global Icon: Eminem
Best Pop: One Direction
Best Live: Beyonce
Best Video: Wrecking Ball, Miley Cyrus