"It's such a dream come true to be here tonight," said an emotional Gaga after winning best female video for "Bad Romance."
"Tonight, little monsters, we're the cool kids at the party."
Gaga's "Bad Romance" also earned her the biggest award of the night, video of the year, beating out among others, herself. Her video for "Telephone" with Beyonce was also nominated for the top moonman.
After last year's memorable awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, where Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech and became the center of a pop culture tsunami, last night's show was a bit on the tame side early on.
The biggest surprise was a post-jail appearance from Lindsay Lohan, who joked with host Chelsea Handler in a filmed sketch, saying, "Do you think anyone wants to work with a drunk? Trust me, they don't."
Aside from Handler's homage to Gaga, appearing with a dollhouse hat on her head, the show was mostly about handing out awards, mostly going to Gaga. The New York native landed best dance video and best female video for "Bad Romance" and best collaboration video for her "Telephone" clip with Beyoncé.
Eminem won best male video for "Not Afraid," one of eight awards he was nominated for Sunday night. However, after opening the show with Rihanna, doing their No. 1 smash "Love the Way You Lie," Eminem left the Los Angeles theater to head back to New York, where he will play Yankee Stadium Monday night and tomorrow night with Jay-Z.
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