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Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
8/30/2004 7:57:38 AM

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Hip-hop artist Outkast and rapper Jay-Z cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) in Miami, snagging four "moonmen" each at the bash.

Outkast got top honours, grabbing the video of the year award.

The lavish affair at a downtown Miami arena featured high energy live performances by top pop, hip-hop and rap musicians.

Jay-Z's gritty 99 Problems clip raised some eyebrows for showing him dying in a hail of bullets.

"I was trying to push the envelope...and this is my reward," Jay-Z said, as he accepted the award for the best rap video.

Jay-Z - who oozed sartorial elegance in a white tropical suit, a stylish straw hat and black shades - also got nods for best direction, best editing and best cinematography.

Outkast and their Hey Ya clip also got awards for best hip-hop video, best art direction and best special effects.

Band members thanked God, their parents and their fans.

No Doubt were recognised for best pop video and best group video.

Usher's clip, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, walked away with best male video and best dance video.

Beyonce Knowles got an award for best female video for Naughty Girl.

Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Franz Ferdinand, Jet, Yellowcard and Maroon 5 also got an award each.

Show Stoppers:

Usher kicked off the show at a downtown Miami arena singing Confessions Part II as a water cascade poured down by the stage, before he smashed through a mirror.

Christina Aguilera, clad in a sexy gold dress, joined Nelly in singing Tilt'cha Head Back, from his upcoming album.

The two put on a high-energy show reminiscent of Broadway's Chicago.

Piano legend Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance with Lenny Kravitz to join Alicia Keys in performing If I Ain't Got You.

Jet, Hoobastank and Yellowcard belted out Are you Gonna be My Girl, The Reason and Ocean Avenue, back-to-back.

P Diddy was among the presenters, who also included Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Paris Hilton, Shakira, Ludacris, the Beastie Boys and Shaquille O'Neal.

After 20 years in New York and Los Angeles, it was the first time the annual award ceremony was staged in Miami.

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