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The best VMAs in years opened on a somber note with a poignant tribute to the late Michael Jackson, the King of Pop who pioneered the video music era. Madonna began the tribute with a moving speech about her relationship with the singer. Jackson clones dressed in some of Michael’s famous outfits recreated his classic dance moves from his videos. Sister Janet Jackson recreated the moves from “Scream,” the only video the siblings performed together.

There were several memorable performances — an eccentric Lady Gaga, a high-flying Pink, Beyonce and the single women, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys toasting New York City. They’re all worth watching again.
There was a wide range of winners… and thankfully, Kanye West was shut out.

BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce

BEST NEW ARTIST
Lady Gaga

BEST MALE VIDEO
“Live Your Life,” T.I. featuring Rihanna

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

BEST POP VIDEO
“Womanizer,” Britney Spears

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
“We Made You,” Eminem

BEST ROCK VIDEO
“21 Guns,” Green Day

BEST VIDEO (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON A MOONMAN)
“Sabotage,” Beastie Boys

BEST BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
“Lessons Learned,” Matt and Kim