Justin Bieber revealed he has "pulled through" and dismissed recent allegations surrounding him at the 2011 MTV European Music Awards in Belfast.
The 17-year-old pop star - who won two prizes at the ceremony - addressed claims that he fathered a child with a young fan as he picked up his trophy for Best Pop at the Odyssey Arena. "Yo, two awards in the past 60 minutes," he said. "There's been a lot of c*** talked about me on the internet lately, but I've pulled through."
His girlfriend Selena Gomez, who hosted the evening, later commented to singer Katy Perry: "He's cute, isn't he?"
Coldplay kicked off the star-studded ceremony with a rousing rendition of Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, while Queen - who were crowned the Global Icon - closed the ceremony with American Idol winner Adam Lambert, performing a medley of their rock anthems We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.
Chart-topping superstar Lady Gaga, who led the nominations with six nods, triumphed with four prizes, including Best Female and the new Biggest Fan category. Her track Born This Way scooped Best Song and Best Video.
In a variety of outlandish outfits, she dedicated her wins to her videographer Nick Knight, her fans - who she dubbed little monsters - and her sister.
Other winners included Adele, who had been nominated in four categories and was named the Best UK and Ireland Act.
Jessie J introduced a video montage about the late Amy Winehouse, featuring fans recalling their memories of the singer, who died in July. "I never got to thank Amy Winehouse for breaking boundaries," she said. "She set a new standard for British female artists."