MTV Europe Music Awards Rock Liverpool

The 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards were held Thursday evening in Liverpool.

Big stars like Beyonce and Kanye West were in attendance at this year’s EMAs, which included performances by Take That and The Wombats.

But everyone’s biggest thrill was surely the live rickroll amazingness of watching the ‘Best Act Ever’ award going to — yes, indeed — the legendary Rick Astley.

UPDATE | Nov. 7

The MTV Europe Awards took place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last night. Katy Perry and Jared Leto hosted. Both also won awards. (Huh?) Britney Spears won a couple, too, though she didn’t attend. Tongue-and-cheekily, Rick Astley nabbed “Best Act Ever” via presenters Perry and Perez Hilton. (The end is near.) Pink, Tokio Hotel, and Kanye West were also winners. West (with Estelle), Killers (trippily, with feathers), Beyoncé, Kid Rock, and Paul McCartney all performed. The biggest presence was Barack Obama, even though he wasn’t there. Perry, who got “Best New Act,” wore an Obama shirt, as did Leto. Mr. 30 Seconds also reportedly led the crowd in a chant of “Congrats, Barack.” The only thing able to compete with all the Obamamania were the Beatles: McCartney was there because he received an “ultimate legend” award presented to him by Bono.

UPDATE | Nov. 6 — American acts have dominated the Awards thus far.

American acts dominated the MTV Europe music awards in Liverpool last night, with female singers Britney Spears, Pink and Katy Perry picking up gongs at an all-American themed ceremony at which President-elect Barack Obama received the loudest cheers.

Pink scooped the first gong of the night, winning the Most Addictive Track category with her song “So What”, inspired by her break up from husband Corey Hart. She was presented with her award by the three Sugababes, who took to the stage wearing red, white and blue.

Britney Spears continued her public recovery by beating the British singer Leona Lewis to the Best Album award for her most recent record Blackout, which she accepted via video link.

UPDATE: The stars have hit the red carpet…the gala has begun.

The biggest stars of the music world are walking the red carpet in Liverpool ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The Killers, Beyonce, The Ting Tings and Sugababes are among the artists at the Echo Arena for the ceremony, hosted by US pop star Katy Perry.

Coldplay, Duffy, Britney Spears and Leona Lewis lead the shortlist for the awards, with three nominations each.

Former Beatle and Liverpool native Sir Paul McCartney will also be honoured with the Ultimate Legend award.

PREVIOUSLY:

Preparations for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 are in full swing in Liverpool- where they take place this Thursday.

The Liverpool Echo Arena has been transformed over the past few days with a truly awesome stage set now in place.

AND the A-list stars are now turning up in the city to gear up for their performances on the night.

Two of the UK acts playing on Thursday will be on stage this evening running through their moves.

Man band Take That will debut a track from their new album while Liverpudlians The Wombats will also play live.

MTV News can also reveal that Estelle touches down this evening while many other stars- including Kanye West and Beyonce- arrive tomorrow.

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