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U2 and Jay-Z Team for MTV Europe Music Awards, Beyonce Wins Big

The award for Best Live Act was the first trophy handed out at yesterday’s MTV Europe Music Awards, and it went to U2 for their massive 360° Tour. Stripped of their spaceship and playing a free concert outside the EMAs to a small crowd of 10,000 at Berlin’s Brandenburg Park, U2 showed why they deserve the honor by breaking out a 20-minute concert featuring hits, No Line on the Horizon tracks and a surprise collaboration with Jay-Z just days after teaming up with the Black Eyed Peas at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary concerts.

Check out photos from MTV’s Europe Music Awards: U2, Green Day, Beyoncé and more.


Performing in honor of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, U2 started with “One” and “Magnificent,” and the show returned to to their mini-gig to close out the ceremony. Midway through “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” Bono asked the fans to greet the “Mayor of New York,” alluding to Jay-Z and not the reelected Mike Bloomberg. Jigga emerged from the sidelines to freestyle a verse over the “Sunday” riffs before joining hands with Bono and leading the 10,000-strong audience in a chant of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” in honor of the Berlin Wall’s demolition.

a href=”/photos/gallery/28900355/”>Check out live shots from U2’s award-winning 360° Tour.

Beyoncé was the show’s big winner at Berlin’s packed O2 Arena, grabbing three Euro Moonmen for Best Song (“Halo”), as well as Best Female and Best Video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” During her acceptance speech for Best Video, Beyoncé shouted out her husband, saying, “There is one person I want to thank, and that is Jay — for putting a ring on it!” Jay-Z also took home a trophy for Best Urban. The biggest couple in music took the stage separately, too: Beyoncé sang “Sweet Dreams” and Jay-Z gave Berlin a taste of his “Empire State of Mind.”

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Other winners include Lady Gaga for Best New Act and Eminem for Best Male. Katy Perry served as the EMAs’ host, while Shakira, Tokio Hotel, Leona Lewis and the Foo Fighters took the stage to perform. Green Day also turned in an explosive performance, kicking off the show with a medley of “Know Your Enemy” and “Minority.”

If you weren’t among the estimated two billion who tuned in, MTV is streaming the EMAs on their Website now. And as expected, there was a Hasselhoff appearance.


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