HIP-HOP duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken out Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards in a show dominated by Justin Bieber.
The pair beat a field that included superstar Taylor Swift, who had the most nominations of the night, to win Best Video with Downtown.
“I had no idea we were going to win an award,” Macklemore told the gala ceremony in Milan on Sunday.
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“We’re not on a major label; we don’t have a big budget. What you guys give to us, we give back to you in the art we make,” Macklemore said, referring to fans.
Bieber, whose long-awaited fourth album Purpose comes out next month, appeared in a red jumpsuit as he performed his new hit ‘What Do You Mean’.
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He cleanup up at the event, taking home awards for Best Male, Best Collaboration and Best Look.
Best Song went to Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, whose video – a star-studded action clip with feminist undertones – landed Video of the Year at the main US-based MTV awards in August.
R&B star Rihanna, who is also preparing to release a long-awaited album, won for Best Female, while British boy band One Direction scored in the Best Pop category.
Nicki Minaj won in the hip-hop category, as she did at the main MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.