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Slim, ’N Sync win big at MTV Video Music Awards

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Sep 10, 2001 | 11:46am EDT

Electronic artist Fatboy Slim was the big winner at the 18th Annual MTV Video Music Awards with five awards, including Best Direction for the video "Weapon of Choice," featuring actor Christopher Walken dancing in a hotel lobby.

For a full list of winners, click here.

Boy band 'N Sync took home four moon-men statuettes for their single "Pop." The group was also responsible for the biggest highlight of the night, when the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, joined 'N Sync onstage after their performance.

Jackson received a standing ovation after popping out of an Etch-A-Sketch at the end of 'N Sync’s performance. He is currently in Manhattan for his 30th Anniversary Celebration concert this weekend in Manhattan.

Comedian Jamie Foxx warmed up the audience with a bit of rather tasteless patter, after he spoke of not making jokes about celebrities who have recently spent time in rehab centers across the country.

Foxx went as far as offering champagne to Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, who was still onstage after presenting the first award of the night with his group.

"It's apple cider, apple cider! You can drink apple cider, can't you?" he said after the audience started booing him.

Foxx may be bad news, but No Doubt’s beauty Gwen Stefani was apparently very good news for artists Moby and Eve, who won best male video for "South Side," and best female video for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," respectively. Stefani is featured on both songs.

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott dedicated her performance to the late R&B Singer Aaliyah, who was killed on Aug. 25 in a plane crash returning from the Bahamas.

Elliott, who wore a white leather jacket with the imprint of Aaliyah’s face on the back, was joined onstage by Janet Jackson and Aaliyah‘s brother, Rashad Haughton, to pay tribute to the 22-year-old singer.

"On behalf of my family I want to thank her friends and her adoring fans that supported her throughout her career," said Haughton. This was his first public appearance since the death of his sister.

Rock band U2 was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for their video history of MTV. After performing their latest hit "Elevation," U2’s Bono paid tribute to Joey Ramone, who died earlier this year of lymphoma, as he invited the remaining members of the Ramones to join him onstage.

Among the night’s performances was a duet between Jennifer Lopez with rapper Ja Rule for "I’m Ready," Linkin Park’s "One Step Closer," and Staind’s "Fade."

Britney Spears took advantage of what some call MTV’s most special night of the year to debut her new song, "I'm a Slave 4 U," as she danced onstage with live cheetahs and a snake.

But Spears might have irritated some activists, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. According to the New York Post, the organization is angry that the teen singer performed with live animals onstage.

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