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Photos: 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

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  1. Lady Gaga 'meats' Cher

    Lady Gaga picked up the biggest award of the night, video of the year, from another flamboyant dresser -- Cher. Gaga picked up her moonman trophy while clad in a dress, hat and shoes that appeared to be made of meat. Gaga won eight awards, close to a VMA record -- although Peter Gabriel won 10 for "Sledgehammer" in 1987. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Lady Gaga

    Naturally, Lady Gaga lit up the white carpet in a Victorian-style gown and Mohawk feather headdress atop a white wig. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Selena Gomez

    Actress Selena Gomez blows the crowd a kiss. She said before the awards that she hopes Justin Bieber won the moonman trophy for best new artist, and Bieber indeed did. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Usher and Justin Bieber

    Usher and Justin Bieber arrive at the VMAs. Like Bieber, Usher began his career as a teenager and quickly rose to fame. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ashley Greene

    Ashley Greene, who stars as vampire Alice Cullen in the "Twilight" movies, vamped on the white carpet. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Trey Songz and Ne-Yo

    Trey Songz and Ne-Yo pose for photographers on the white carpet. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ke$ha

    Ke$ha was nominated for best female video, best new artist and best pop video, but went home empty-handed. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Moonman and Katy Perry

    Katy Perry dances with MTV's iconic Moonman, whose image is depicted on the VMA trophies. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Nailed it

    Perry wore images of fiance Russell Brand painted on her fingernails. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. 'Social Network' stars

    Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield star in "The Social Network," the fictionalized movie about the founding of Facebook. Timberlake plays Sean Parker of Napster, Eisenberg plays Facebook founder (and Eisenberg lookalike) Mark Zuckerberg, and Garfield plays Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Justin Bieber

    Wearing a "B" letterman's jacket, Justin Bieber slaps the hands of fans outside the awards. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Chelsea Handler kicks off the show

    Host Chelsea Handler spoofs always-elaborately costumed Lady Gaga during the opening number of the awards. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Eminem and Rihanna

    Rapper Eminem and singer Rihanna offered the night's first surprise as she joined him to perform their song, "Love the Way you Lie." Eminem earlier said that he felt only Rihanna could perform that part on the hit song, which focuses on a love-hate relationship. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. 'Jackass 3D' cast

    The cast of "Jackass 3D" put on 3-D glasses as they introduce an exclusive clip from the pain-filled flick. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Gaga meets 'Glee'

    Lady Gaga accepts the award for best pop video for 'Bad Romance' from 'Glee' cast members Cory Monteith and Jane Lynch. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift performed a song about last year's incident in which Kanye West grabbed her trophy away. The tune included the lyric "32 and still growing up now ...you're still an innocent." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Usher

    Usher performed his nominated hit, "OMG," which was said to be inspired by sci-fi icon Max Headroom. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  1. Image: Lady Gaga holds her video of year award with presenter Cher at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles
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