Katy Perry has been crowned Best Female at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
(Katy Perry. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)
The 'Roar' hitmaker beat her pop rivals Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift to the prestigious prize at the 20th annual ceremony in Amsterdam, the Netherlands last night.
The visibly shocked star told the audience as she accepted her award: "Thank you, this is so cool. I was just sitting backstage with the artists drinking some champagne, thinking I'm not gonna win, I'm not gonna win ... And I won!"
She later said: "I wasn't expecting to win actually, I was just sitting down having a glass of champagne, thinking I was being set up, and then they called my name and I was like 'What?' It was awesome."
Eminem was also among the big winners at the awards, while Miley Cyrus caused controversy yet again.
The 41-year-old rapper won the Best Hip Hop and Global Icon prizes at the ceremony at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam - making him the artist with the most EMAs ever - and he celebrated his victory with a surprise performance of 'Bezerk' before a scintillating rendition of 'Rap God'.
(Miley Cyrus. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)
Miley ensured she remained in the spotlight by sparking up what appeared to be a joint on-stage and then smoking it with Will Ferrell, who was at the awards as his 'Anchorman' alter-ego Ron Burgundy, before accepting her Best Video prize for 'Wrecking Ball'.
The blonde star - whose 'twerking' performance at the MTV VMAs in August caused controversy - telling the crowd: "I couldn't fit this award in my bag but I did find this..."
One Direction also won two accolades, Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act, and the band's 19-year-old hunk Harry Styles was named Best Look - beating the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Rita Ora to the gong - however none of the boy band were at the ceremony to pick up their prizes.
Other winners on the night included Justin Bieber, who won Best Male for the fourth consecutive year, while 30 Seconds to Mars took home the Best Alternative award and Green Day won the Best Rock accolade.
(30 Seconds to Mars. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards - Full List of Winners:
Best Look - Harry Styles
Best Video - Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Biggest Fans - Tokio Hotel
Best Song - Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best New Act - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Hip Hop - Eminem
Best Electronic - Avicii
Best Rock - Green Day
Best Pop - One Direction
Best Alternative - 30 Seconds To Mars
Best Female - Katy Perry
Best Worldwide Act - Li Yuchun
Best Male - Justin Bieber
Best Push - Austin Mahone
Best UK & Ireland Act - One Direction
Global Icon - Eminem