SAINTS AND WINNERS; Spice Girls beat rivals to awards.
Mel C and Baby Spice Emma Bunton from the band looked clearly overwhelmed as they went up to collect their trophy.
"We've done it again," shouted Mel C at the fifth annual awards ceremony in Milan, Italy.
She added: "And a big hello from the other two", referring to pregnant pair Mel B and Victoria Adams, who were not at the ceremony.
Robbie Williams danced his way to the stage to pick up his Best Male Artist award from George Michael.
He stood at the podium, silently beckoned the crowd forward and shouted: "Damn right, too".
All Saints were not to be over- shadowed though and wowed the crowd with a performance of their single, a cover of the 70s Labelle hit Lady Marmalade.
It took a lead from the Spice Girls' tour routines, by having male dancers shadowing them for a raunchy routine. They performed as a trio, without heavily-pregnant member Melanie Blatt.
Prodigy were named Best Dance Act although the group's musical mainman Liam Howlett acknowledged they had not done much to merit the award. He said: "We haven't done f*** all this year. We don't deserve this."
As well as George Michael, other celebrities were dishing out the awards. Juventus soccer star Alessandro Del Piero and Donnatella Versace presented the Spice Girls' award.
John Paul Gaultier and Georgio Armani presented the Best Breakthrough Artist award to All Saints.
And the Duchess Of York, wearing a black velvet outfit, received a cheer when she greeted the crowd in Italian before presenting a Best Video award to Massive Attack.
It wasn't such a good night for 80s star Madonna, however, who struggled through an off- key version of her new single The Power Of Goodbye.
Dressed in black, she seemed nervous as she ran through the song - though she had ditched a PVC bin-bag style coat worn for the event's rehearsals earlier in the day.
New York rap-rock band The Fun Lovin' Criminals also revealed at the awards that their drummer Steve-O had been receiving death threats.
The band's songs often appear to glamourise gangsters such as their top thirty hit King Of New York which was inspired by mafia boss John Gotti.
Band-mate Huey told the crowd: "Just to let you know that our man Steve- O is alright. To those rat b******s who tried to kill him, we're gonna get you."
Other acts to play at the ceremony were Aqua who ran a slick medley of No1 hits Turn Back Time, Barbie Girl and Dr. Jones.
WHO WON WHAT IN MILAN
BEST MALE: Robbie Williams
BEST GROUP: Spice Girls
BEST ROCK ACT: Aerosmith
BEST FEMALE: Madonna
BEST DANCE ACT: The Prodigy
BEST SONG: Natalie Imbruglia, Torn
BEST NEWCOMER: All Saints
BEST ALBUM: Madonna, Ray of Light
BEST RAP ACT: Beastie Boys
BEST VIDEO: Massive Attack
SELECT AWARDS: Eagle Eye Cherry, Five, Franka Portente and Thomas D
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Nov 13, 1998|
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