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Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber Win at MTV European Music Awards

Coldplay performs 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall'

November 7, 2011 8:50 AM ET
Lady Gaga poses with her four awards for Best Video, Best Song, Best Female and Biggest Fans, at the MTV European Music Awards at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lady Gaga poses with her four awards for Best Video, Best Song, Best Female and Biggest Fans, at the MTV European Music Awards at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were the big winners at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards last night in Northern Ireland. Gaga won four awards including best female artist, biggest fans, and best video and best song for her hit "Born This Way." The singer also performed her new single "Marry the Night" and scandalized the audience by mooning the crowd at the end of the song, remarking that guest host David Hasselhoff has a "big penis" and joking that she has "had a lot of Botox" while accepting the award for best female.

Photos: Lady Gaga's Best Looks
Bieber won the award for best male and best pop artist, and performed a medley of his new Christmas tune "Under the Mistletoe" and his hit "Never Say Never." Other highlights of the show included Coldplay opening the night with a rendition of their single "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," David Guetta teaming up with Taio Cruz, Ludacris and Jessie J with a dance megamix and LMFAO traveling through the crowd in a revolving zebra-shaped vehicle.

You can watch Coldplay's performance of "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" below.

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