Fatboy Slim Takes Early Lead In VMA Pre-Telecast Awards

British DJ takes home five awards, including one for Breakthrough Video.

NEW YORK — Even before the televised portion of the 2001 Video Music Awards kicked off, Fatboy Slim, who led the field of nominees with nine nods at the onset for his Christopher Walken-prancing clip for “Weapon of Choice,” was ahead of the winners pack by leaps and bounds.

The British DJ and his Spike Jonze-directed clip racked up five wins in the pre-telecast portion of the show, including one in the prestigious Breakthrough Video category. (Click for a complete list of VMA winners.)

Of the 21 awards to be handed out Thursday night (September 6) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, six were doled out before MTV began its telecast of the 18th annual VMAs at 8 p.m.

The U.K. dance master also took home Moonmen for Best Choreography in a Video, Best Art Direction in a Video, Best Editing in a Video and Best Cinematography.

Fatboy would’ve made a clean sweep of the pre-telecast awards had it not been for his countryman Robbie Williams, who walked away with a win in the Best Special Effects in a Video category for his skin-stripping “Rock DJ” clip.

With the loss to Williams, Fatboy Slim won’t be scoring a perfect game tonight, though the future could still hold some wins for him. “Weapon of Choice” will also be vying for the titles of Best Dance Video, Best Direction in a Video and the granddaddy of them all, Best Video of the Year, during the televised portion of the show.

Williams, after losing out to Fatboy Slim for Breakthrough Video, is also in contention for Best Male Video.

Catch all the sizzlin’, star-packed VMA action direct from Miami on August 28. MTV News’ preshow kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, followed by big show at 8 p.m.

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