The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards managed to spread the love among Korn, Ricky Martin, Fatboy Slim, TLC and others, but it was award show queen Lauryn Hill who took home the most moonmen from Thursday night's festivities.
Hill walked away from New York's Metropolitan Opera House with four awards as her "Doo Wop (That Thing)" earned nods for Video Of The Year, Best Female Video, Best R&B Video, and Best Art Direction In A Video. Hill got off to an early start Thursday night, as two of her awards were handed out before the show began (see "Korn, Lauryn Hill Among Early VMA Winners").
Close behind Hill with three awards was Fatboy Slim (the artist formerly known as Norman Cooke), whose "Praise You" took home honors for Breakthrough Video, Best Choreography In A Video, and Best Direction In A Video for Spike Jonze.
In a somewhat less solemn moment, Madonna's entrance to present the Video Of The Year award was preceded by a string of female impersonators capturing the singer's many looks over the years. Madonna then admitted to a serious case of nerves as she welcomed Paul McCartney to the stage to help her announce the winner.
In an evening rich with surprise guests, one of the stranger twists found the cast of "The Blair Witch Project" sharing a podium with veteran funnyman Buddy Hackett.
"First, I want to apologize for being overdressed, but to make up for it I peed in my pants," Hackett joked.
Beyond the surprise guests and the big winners, however, the night's true star was host Chris Rock, who managed to fearlessly fire at Ricky Martin, Puff Daddy, Jennifer Lopez, and many of the night's VIPs. After all, an awards show host who introduces a Britney Spears-'N Sync performance by asking the crowd, "Are you ready for some real lip-synching?" is bound to go down in history as one of the all-time greats.
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