Gaga and Perry are Big VMA Winners

Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Katy Perry were among the major winners at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Gaga won the first award, landing the "Best Video with a Message" video during the pre-show. She -- or should we say her alter ego Jo Calderone -- later picked up Best Female Video for "Born This Way," accepting on behalf of Gaga.

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Britney Spears and Foo Fighters also picked up the early awards of the night, for Best Pop and Best Rock videos, while Nicki Minaj won Best Hip-Hop Video for "Super Bass."

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Katy Perry won for Best Collaboration with Kanye West for "E.T." She teased her singing partner West by telling him, "Now this is the time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye!" referring to his outburst during the 2009 VMAs when he stopped winner Taylor Swift mid acceptance speech.

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The bubbly singer went on to win the top award, Video of the Year, for her song "Firework."

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Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," meanwhile, took home multiple behind-the-scenes awards for editing, art direction, and cinematography.

Here are some of the night's big winners:

Video of the Year
Katy Perry, "Firework"

Best Female Video
Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"

Best New Artist
Tyler, The Creator, "Yonkers"

Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, "U Smile"

Best Collaboration
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T."

Best Hip-Hop Video
Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"

Best Rock Video
Foo Fighters, "Walk"

Best Pop Video
Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends"

Best Video with a Message
Lady Gaga, "Born This Way"

Best Choreography
Beyoncé, "Run the World (Girls)"

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T."

Best Art Direction
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

Best Editing
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

Best Cinematography
Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"