Notable performances included local London grime star Stormzy, who took to the stage poking out of the sunroof of a police vehicle, and Travis Scott, who entered standing atop what looked like a floating hawk. Taking the stage clad in a bathrobe and towel, she kept things moving, changed outfits every few minutes and gamely joshed in video clips with the stars of pirate-radio sitcom "People Just Do Nothing".
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Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was honoured with the best pop prize, while Coldplay snatched the best rock award.
The best video, claimed by United States rapper Kendrick Lamar, was one of the few awards to be chosen by the MTV team. "You are wonderful, thank you".
Accepting their award, Jared Leto said: "Thank you". Their songs, our prayers, their concerts, a church.
The Irish band dedicated the award to label boss Chris Blackwell of Island records, who signed them nearly 40 years ago. And in a nod to a new generation of artists, Bono crooned an a capella version of Stormzy's "Blinded by Your Grace".