New York -- A trio of pop music superstars captured three statues apiece at
the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night here.
Former N'Sync member Justin Timberlake, who marked his solo performance debut
at the 2002 VMAs, earned his three awards through two videos. 'Cry Me a River,'
reportedly inspired by his breakup with former girlfriend Britney Spears, won
for Best Male and Best Pop Video, while 'Rock Your Body' captured Best Dance
Singer/actress Beyonce Knowles' 'Crazy In Love' video, adapted live in
performance on last night's show at Radio City Music Hall with Knowles lowered
upside down on a trapeze, earned Best Female and R&B Video, plus best
Coldplay's 'The Scientist,' where a member of that band relives his
involvement with an auto accident, won Best Group and Breakthrough Video honors,
as well as a best director award for Jamie Thraves.
The big prize of the night, Video of the Year, went to Missy Elliott for her
semi-surreal 'Work It' clip.
Elliott had been nominated twice before in that category. 'Work It' also
landed Best Hip-Hop Video.
Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' video, poignantly showing the country music icon at
various stages of his life, didn't nab the major awards as some music and TV
critics hoped. But it did take home an honor for best cinematography.
And hard rock band Good Charlotte, referred by VMA host Chris Rock as
'sounding like a mediocre Green Day,' picked up MTV's Viewer's Choice award for
their 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' video.