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Taylor Swift triumphs at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards as One Direction wins best new act

Taylor Swift at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

An "insecure" Taylor Swift has triumphed at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) picking up three gongs.

The singer was named Best Female Act and Best Live Act as well as picking up the prize for Best Look.

Brit boyband One Direction won Best New Act.

Rita Ora at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The show opened with a spectacular entrance by Rita Ora when she was lowered to the stage suspended in a cage before launching into a version of R.I.P.

She was followed by US pop band Fun who played their massive hit We Are Young, before Carly Rae Jepson performed Call Me Maybe.

Psy with the award for Best Video Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The circus themed-event in Frankfurt, Germany, was hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum and featured trapeze artists and fire dancers joining the acts on stage.

Alicia Keys performed Girl on Fire, before reality star Kim Kardashian presented the Best Song award to Carly Rae Jepson for Call Me Maybe.

Carly Rae Jepsen at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Reformed rockers No Doubt then performed their new single, and the cast of Geordie Shore named Justin Bieber the Best Male Act of the night.

The Canadian singer, who was not at the event, recorded a thank you message for his fans, saying: "This is the greatest night ever".

Holly Hagan, Charlotte-Letitia Crosby, James Tindale, Vicky Pattison, Ricky Guarnaccio, Scott Timlin, Gaz Beadle, Sophie Kasaei Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
  • The award for Best Hip Hop act went to Nicki Minaj
  • David Guetta won Best Electronic Act
  • Del Rey won the Best Alternative Act

Other performances included The Killers who took to the stage to play Runaways.

But Korean pop sensation Psy got the biggest reaction of the night when he played his breakout hit Gangnam Style complete with dozens of lookalike dancers.

Jedward at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Picking up the Best Look award for the most stylish act, Swift said:

I am so excited I can't believe you gave me three awards.

I'm kind of insecure in general so this is great for my self-confidence.

Alesha Keys picked up the Global Icon Award on behalf of the family of the late Whitney Houston and praised the singer's "incredible ability to captivate and mesmerise us".

Heidi Klum at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

She told the audience Whitney Houston "was my home girl, my friend" before introducing a tribute video which included messages from One Direction and Lady Gaga.

  • Bieber won another award when he was named Best Pop Act, before Linkin Park won Best Rock Act.
  • The Jonas Brothers handed the Best Worldwide Act to Chinese singer Han Geng.
  • The Best Video award was won by Psy who thanked his fans and his family for living with "a selfish job with a selfish guy".

There was also a video tribute to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch who died this year, before Swift closed the show with her huge hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.