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MTV Eminem's hat-trick of happiness

Rapper Eminem had triple cause to celebrate tonight - after he was the biggest winner at the 2013 MTV Europe Awards in Amsterdam.

But it was Miley Cyrus who sparked controversy after she appeared to light a rolled-up joint on stage.

US hip-hop star Eminem, 41, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers, triumphed with the prizes for Global Icon and Best Hip Hop act on the same day he scored his seventh consecutive number one UK album with The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

He took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God - two tracks from his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

"This is crazy. I want to say thank you to everybody over the years," he said to Will Ferrell's Anchorman alter-ego Ron Burgundy as he accepted the Global Icon gong.

Making a reference to the 2004 comedy, he joked: "I love award."

Cyrus, 20, alluded to her drug-taking past by taking what looked like a joint from her handbag as she accepted the award for Best Video for her song, Wrecking Ball.

The Bangerz singer, who opened the show with a performance of We Can't Stop accompanied by a dwarf, previously courted controversy for her "twerking" with Robin Thicke.

"I couldn't fit this award in my purse but I did find this," she said before flicking a lighter and smoking it.

Other big winners on the night included Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Perry proved she had the edge over fellow songstresses Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez to be crowned Best Female.

"This is so cool. I was sitting backstage drinking champagne, looking at all those people, thinking I'm not going to win. I love what I do and I'm glad you see that," she said as she received her trophy on stage.

Jared Leto and his Thirty Seconds To Mars bandmates took home the award for Best Alternative act.

"This is actually surreal because we are going to play this venue in two days. Thank you to all the dreamers... You made ours come true," the frontman said.

There were memorable performances from Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Kings Of Leon, The Killers before Swedish duo Icona Pop - Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo - closed the ceremony with their hit, I Love It.

Thicke's performance of Blurred Lines featured a special guest apparance from Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

The MTV Europe Music Awards, which were hosted by LMFAO's Redfoo, were streamed live on MTV channels around the world.

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