Lady Gaga was the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The US singer, who had been nominated for five awards, won Best Song for her hit single Bad Romance, as well as Best Pop and Best Female.
She was unable to pick up her gongs in person at the Madrid ceremony last night, but thanked fans from the stage during a concert in Budapest.
The 24-year-old told MTV viewers: “I hate that I’m not there, but I’m working so hard.”
Katy Perry, also nominated for five awards, took Best Video for her song California Gurls, while Justin Bieber won Best Male and Best Push Artist.
But although British nominees included Plan B, Ozzy Osbourne, Muse and Alexandra Burke, none succeeded in scooping a trophy.
The awards, held at Madrid’s Caja Magica, were hosted by 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria.
Longoria, who replaced Katy Perry, host of the 2008 and 2009 ceremonies, stunned audiences with 13 costume changes, including an array of glamorous mini-dresses, a pair of hot pants and an outfit shaped like a giant Spanish ham.
She appeared on stage with Perry to ask the 'I Kissed a Girl' singer, known for her eccentric sartorial style, for presenting tips.
Perry said: “As you know, I’ve hosted the show before a couple of times”, before stripping away Longoria’s demure prom-style black dress to reveal the actress wearing just a tiny corset.
But the scantiest-clad celebrity of the evening was Jackass’s Jason Acuna, known as Wee-Man, who stripped down to a pair of shorts before a tussle with his co-stars resulted in a moment of on-stage nudity.
The awards opened in style with a medley from Shakira, and included performances from acts as diverse as Plan B, Kid Rock, Rihanna and Linkin Park.
Kesha admitted she was “about to pee her pants” when she won the Best Newcomer award, while Thirty Seconds to Mars thanked their devoted fan-base, known as ’the Echelon’ after beating Muse and Kings of Leon to Best Rock.
Lead singer Jared Leto said: “I would like to say thank you to the most wonderful family in the entire world – they are known as the Echelon and they aren’t just fans, they really are everything we could hope and dream for.
“They have proved once again that if you are willing to walk the path of the dreamer, anything is possible.”
Linkin Park beat Muse and Kings of Leon to the award for Best Live Act, while punk-rock act Paramore triumphed in the Best Alternative category.
Bon Jovi, who closed the ceremony with a medley of their hit songs including 'It’s My Life' and 'Shot Through the Heart', were honoured with the first MTV Global Icon Award.
Jon Bon Jovi said: “Thank you, thanks I guess for making us icons.
“I want to thank everybody at MTV for this unbelievable ride over a quarter of a century – we’re still doing what we do and doing it well.”
The MTV EMAs are broadcast live to millions of fans around Europe, with more than 46 million votes being cast for this year’s awards.
Here are the MTV Europe Music Awards winners:
:: Best New act
:: Best Pop
:: Best Alternative
:: Best Rock
Thirty Seconds to Mars
:: Best Male
:: Best Video
Katy Perry (California Gurls)
:: Best Hip Hop
:: Best Live Act
:: Best Female
:: Best Song
Lady Gaga (Bad Romance)
:: Best European Act
:: Best Push Artist
:: Best World Stage Performance
:: MTV EMA Global Icon
:: Free Your Mind