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November 07, 2008

Rickrolling at MTV Europe awards

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A fawning introduction by none other than Rock God Bono, the night's sweetest honor and a deafening reception from the assembled crowd of 10,000. Why not top it off with a little air guitar?

Paul McCartney, that's Sir Paul to us commoners, was named the Ultimate Legend at last night's "MTV Europe Music Awards." Other winners of the mostly fan-voted U.S.-dominated awards included Formerly Embattled Pop Starlet Britney Spears, Jared Leto-led 30 Seconds to Mars, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Pink and Tokio Hotel.

Our newly elected president, Barack Obama, had his fair share of shout-outs during the night, from McCartney thanking everyone who voted for him to Perry sporting his silkscreened likeness on a mini-dress.

By far the best choice of the evening: Rick Astley, beating out U2 and Spears for Best Act Ever and formally enshrining rickrolling (the term and practice) into the annals of awardom.

More from Billboard here.

 

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