Lady Gaga Rules 2010 MTV VMAs

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Lady Gaga at the VMAs
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Kevin O'Donnell

Lady Gaga was last night's big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, taking home eight moon men statues, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video for "Bad Romance." Gaga was up for a record 13 nominations for two videos - the other was for her epic Beyoncé collaboration "Telephone" - and while Gaga didn't earn a total sweep, she appeared visibly moved with each trophy scored, especially when surprise presenter Cher handed off the award for Video of the Year.

"Thank you so much!" said Gaga, who was visibly holding back tears. "I was so nervous that I would let my fans down!" (Gaga also announced that the title of her forthcoming record, due out later this year, would be Born This Way.)

Other winners last night included Eminem (two VMAs, including Best Hip-Hop, for "Not Afraid"); Thirty Seconds to Mars (Best Rock Video, "Kings and Queens") and Justin Bieber (Best New Artist, "Baby).

Gaga's big night turned many VMA nominees into repeated bridesmaids, from Katy Perry to Ke$ha to B.o.B. to Rihanna.

Gaga may have ruled last night's awards ceremony, but the VMAs, hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler, were stacked with plenty of electric performances. (Check our picks for the Five Biggest VMA Moments here.)

Eminem opened the show performing his smash single "Not Afraid" and was joined on-stage by a flame-haired Rihanna for their collaboration "Love the Way You Lie."

Bieber riled up his base of young female fans with an outdoor performance of the medley "U Smile/Baby/Somebody to Love."

Florence and the Machine uncorked the night's most artistically dynamic performance. Taylor Swift got a standing ovation after unveiling the somber "Innocent" from her forthcoming album.And B.o.B. tapped Bruno Mars and Paramore's Hayley Williams for the night's biggest collaboration, seamlessly transitioning between "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes," before Williams joined her bandmates for their ballad, "The Only Exception."

Still, Kanye West delivered the biggest (and most anticipated) performance of the night, closing out the show with a banging new anthem "Runaway." "Let's have a toast for the douchebags," he rapped over a glitchy beat. "Let's have a toast for the assholes!" Viewers who were anticipating an on-stage reunion between West and Swift, who West humiliated last year during her acceptance speech, were let down, although West did take to his Twitter last week to publicly apologize. "She deserves the apology more than anyone," he Tweeted.

Check out West's performance from the show below, scroll down for a full winners' list, then check out SPIN's wrap-up of the nights biggest moments here.

Video of the Year
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Best Collaboration
Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce – "Telephone"

Best Female Video
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Best Male Video
Eminem - "Not Afraid"

Best Hip-Hop Video
Eminem - "Not Afraid"

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris - "Baby"

Best Pop Video
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Best Rock Video
30 Seconds To Mars - "Kings and Queens"

Best Dance Music Video
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Best Art Direction
Florence + The Machine - "Dogs Days Are Over"

Best Choreography
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Best Cinematography
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"

Best Direction
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance" (Directed by Francis Lawrence)

Best Editing
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Best Special Effects
Muse - "Uprising"

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