"This is completely unexpected," Panic's drummer, Spencer Smith, told the audience at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The band's other members are Brendon Urie (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Ryan Ross (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals) and Jon Walker (bass, backing vocals).
Even more unexpected was the intruder who grabbed the mic from one of the band members and introduced himself as "Six." "MTV never gave me my own show," he bellowed as he also tried to grab the moon man trophy from flustered presenter Jennifer Lopez – who, after the man was ushered offstage by security, quipped, "That was all planned."
Over the course of the awards show, no one particular artist or video swept the categories, though James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" won for both best male video and best cinematography.
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Kelly Clarkson was a no-show, but she won best female video for "Because of You," beating out Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Nelly Furtado and Shakira. And the Black Eyed Peas were exuberant over their "My Humps" win for best hip-hop video, with band member Taboo shouting, "Positive hip hop can really make it!"
Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie – all carefully isolated kept separate – were among the presenters.
Simpson, sounding scratchy-voiced from her bruised vocal cord, presented the award for best dance video (to the Pussycat Dolls), admitting that as a young girl she dreamed of one day being nominated in that category – until she realized, "I'm just a white girl who can't dance. I can only push my tush."
Meanwhile, Lachey, on the arm of Hilton's Simple Life partner (and rival), Richie, presented the best pop video to "Stupid Girls" singer Pink, who joked, "I totally won. It's awesome."
In an awkward videotaped sequence, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline pretended to be home as they announced the R&B video winner. But first she asked him for her lipstick, he asked her for his cigarettes – she responded, "If they were up your a– you'd know" – and they feigned not being able to find their 11-month-old son, Sean Preston.
Best rap video went to Chamillionaire for "Ridin'" and best group video went to the All American Rejects for "Move Along." "We have our moon man," declared Reject's Tyson Ritter, clutching his VMA, "and I am getting totally wasted tonight."
Best R&B video winners were Beyoncé with Slim Thug for "Check on It." "I wasn't expecting this," said Beyoncé. "Actually, I don't know what to say."
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Toward the end of the show, one of the evening's more serious moments came when Al Gore, introduced by Queen Latifah, spoke about global warming. The former vice president said the MTV audience "is the generation that will save the world."
Complete List of Winners
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"
BEST MALE VIDEO
James Blunt: "You're Beautiful"
BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Kelly Clarkson: "Because of You"
BEST GROUP VIDEO
The All-American Rejects: "Move Along"
BEST RAP VIDEO Chamillionaire: "Ridin' "
BEST R&B VIDEO
Beyoncé with Slim Thug: "Check on It"
BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Black Eyed Peas: "My Humps"
BEST DANCE VIDEO
Pussycat Dolls with Snoop Dogg: "Buttons"
BEST ROCK VIDEO
AFI: "Miss Murder"
BEST POP VIDEO
Pink: "Stupid Girls"
BEST NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO
Avenged Sevenfold: "Bat Country"
Fall Out Boy: "Dance, Dance"
RINGTONE OF THE YEAR
Fort Minor: "Where'd You Go"
BEST DIRECTION IN A VIDEO
Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy" (Director: Robert Hales)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO
Shakira with Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A VIDEO
Missy Elliott: "We Run This"
BEST ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO
Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"
BEST EDITING IN A VIDEO
Gnarls Barkley: "Crazy"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO
James Blunt: "You're Beautiful"
BEST VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK
"Mark Ecko's Getting Up" (Atari)
BEST VIDEO GAME SCORE
"Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" (Jeremy Soule)