The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards took place last night (Aug. 31) in New York.
Radio City Music Hall became center stage for unpredictable wins and performances during last nights awards.
Jay-Z got the show started from the top of Rockefeller Center’s historic observation deck, to usher in Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” performance.
Host Jack Black was nothing short of unpredictable himself, as he came on stage dressed in his own Moonman rendition.
Lil’ Kim shocked the audience as she suited up in her orange jumpsuit and cuffs one last time, for her first major appearance since her July 3rd prison release.
“Your girl is back,” she told her fans as she traded in her one piece suit, for a much sexier alternative.
Wyclef kept the crowd busy as Shakira did a sexy hip-shaking version of “Hips Don’t Lie.”
Ludacris and Pharrell got on the stage for “Money Maker,” as the Pussy Cat Dolls strolled in to join their act.
The night continued with Beyonce’s fiery performance, which began with a sixty-five-foot decent on to the stage, as sirens blazed for her new single “Ring the Alarm.”
The self proclaimed King of the South T.I, got together with Young Dro to do an energy packed performance of their hits “Shoulders Lean” and “What You Know.”
T.I., who was nominated for two awards, was joined on stage by a chorus of children.
Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes came out to do a tribute to Hype Williams, with renditions of “Supa Dupa Fly” and “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” which Williams directed.
Hype was the recipient of the Video Vanguard Award for his innovative contributions to the music video world.
Kanye West presented the award, calling Williams “one of the greatest filmmakers of all time,” citing “they’re not just videos they’re movies, the music that we make is a soundtrack to our lives and these are the visuals.”
Amongst the other big winners of the night was a surprised Chamillionaire, who took home an award for Best Rap Video “Ridin Dirty.”
“I’m tryna’ do my thing. I’m up here nominated for best rap video. I really don’t expect to win, but it’s all good. I’m glad to be here and I’m glad to be nominated,” he told AllHipHop.com prior to winning his award.
Beyonce and Slim Thug had a big win for H-Town, bringing home Moonmen for Best R&B Video with “Check on It.”
The Best Hip-Hop Video award went to the Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps.”
They took the category over Common for “Testify,” Daddy Yankee’s “Rompe,” Kanye West and Jamie Foxx’s “Gold Digger,” and Three Six Mafia featuring Eightball and MJG’s “Stay Fly.”
This was the first year that viewers were able to vote on all of the award categories. For more about the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards visit www.MTV.com.