Obama, Rick Astley Preside Over MTV Europe Awards

The MTV Europe Awards took place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last night. Katy Perry and Jared Leto hosted. Both also won awards. (Huh?) Britney Spears won a couple, too, though she didn’t attend. Tongue-and-cheekily, Rick Astley nabbed “Best Act Ever” via presenters Perry and Perez Hilton. (The end is near.) Pink, Tokio Hotel, and Kanye West were also winners. West (with Estelle), Killers (trippily, with feathers), Beyoncé, Kid Rock, and Paul McCartney all performed. The biggest presence was Barack Obama, even though he wasn’t there. Perry, who got “Best New Act,” wore an Obama shirt, as did Leto. Mr. 30 Seconds also reportedly led the crowd in a chant of “Congrats, Barack.” The only thing able to compete with all the Obamamania were the Beatles: McCartney was there because he received an “ultimate legend” award presented to him by Bono. As AP reports:

Bono hailed the ex-Beatle as “St. Paul McCartney” and the “one person in this hall tonight whose work is immortal.”

McCartney’s acceptance speech was more modest. “I want to thank my mum and dad,” he said, going on to pay tribute to his bandmates in The Beatles, the people of Liverpool and Americans, “for voting in Senator Obama.”

Backstage, McCartney said he had a song he thought the new U.S. leader would like for his wife, Michelle Obama — the Beatles ballad “Michelle.”

We have videos, including West, Perry riding a huge tube of Chapstick, and hopefully the last Rickroll ever.

Kanye & Estelle – “Love Lockdown”/”American Boy”

Killers – “Human”

Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl”

Katy Perry & Perez Hilton – Ricky Astley “Best Act Ever”