Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the 2011 MTV VMAs awards show was an absence of a host, but there was plenty of pre-show host action and outrageous scenes on stage to make up for it.
The winners of the awards were:
Best Video: Katy Perry for “Firework”
Best Female Video : Lady Gaga for “Born This Way”
Best New Artist: Tyler, The Creator for “Yonkers”
Best Male Video: Justin Bieber for “U Smile”
Best Collaboration Video: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West for “E.T.”
Best Hip Hope Video: Nicki Minaj for “Super Bass”
Best Rock Video: Foo Fighters for “Walk”
Best Pop Video: Britney Spears for “Til The World Ends”
Best Video With A Message: Lady Gaga for “Born This Way”
Britney Spears picked up a Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award presented by Lady Gaga dressed as a man and avoided a kiss with the line “I’ve already done that.”
Beyonce announced her pregnancy on the VMA black carpet.
Katy Perry brought back memories of his stage-crashing antics during their acceptance for best collaboration video by saying “Now this is a time where you want to interrupt me, Kanye.”
Cloris Leachman was on the stage with her 20-something co-presenters, the ladies of reality show Jersey Shore, when the 85-year old quipped “Everyone your age thinks I’m Betty White.”