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Thanks a million Lady Gaga. You hit the right note at MTV EMA

By Ed Curran

Published 08/11/2011

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6
Fans at Belfast City Hall
Fans at Belfast City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody at Belfast City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody at Belfast City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody at Belfast City Hall
Fans enjoy the open air concert at City Hall
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody with fan Shauna
Snow Patrol play the open air concert at City Hall
Fans enjoy the open air concert at City Hall
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/MTV 2011/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/MTV 2011/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Artwork showing Lady Gaga during the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Artwork showing Lady Gaga during the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Katy Perry appears onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian May (L) and Roger Taylor of Queen receive the award for Global Icon during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the Best Song award for 'Born This Way' onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Bruno Mars receives the award for Best New act onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Selena Gomez
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: MTV Europe Music Awards Hostess Selena Gomez performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: MTV Europe Music Awards Hostess Selena Gomez (L) and actor David Hasselhoff speak onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model Bar Rafaeli (L) and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Models Irina Shayk (L) and Bar Rafaeli perform onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model Irina Shayk, Lady Gaga and model Bar Rafaeli speak onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber with awards attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber with awards attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the Best Song award for 'Born This Way' from actress Hayden Panettiere onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Hayden Panettiere (R) and naked guest speak onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Hayden Panettiere (R) and naked guest speak onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the Best Song award for 'Born This Way' from actress Hayden Panettiere onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Hayden Panettiere appears onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Aactress Hayden Panettiere presents onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian May of Queen performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the Best Song award for 'Born This Way' from actress Hayden Panettiere during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: David Guetta performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jessie J performs with David Guetta onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung of Korean boy band Big Bang perform onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: David Guetta performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: David Guetta performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: David Guetta performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber receives the award for Best Pop onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber receives the award for Best Pop onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Adam Lambert performs with Queen onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: A general view is pictured during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian May of Queen performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung and Seungri of Korean band Bigbang receive the Best Worldwide Award during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian May of Queen performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Brian May of Queen performs with Adam Lambert during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: DJ and music producer David Guetta and singer Taio Cruz attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: DJ and music producer David Guetta attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jessie J attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Bruno Mars attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Bruno Mars (4L) attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: DJ and music producer David Guetta attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jessie J attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Rapper Wretch 32 attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Rapper Wretch 32 attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: David Hasselhoff attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model Irina Shayk attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: President and CEO, Viacom Inc. Phillipe Dauman and Debbie Dauman attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Irina Shayk
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model Jade Thompson attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: (L to R) Paul Wilson, Gary Lightbody, Tom Simpson, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connolly of Snow Patrol attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Jessie J attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs on stage during a rehearsal prior to the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs on stage during a rehearsal prior to the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: A general view outside the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Singer Justin Bieber fans wait for him to arrive to the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Singer Justin Bieber fans wait for him to arrive to the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: MTV Europe Music Awards Hostess Selena Gomez and singer Justin Bieber arrive to attend the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: MTV Europe Music Awards Hostess Selena Gomez and singer Justin Bieber arrive to attend the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Singer Justin Bieber attends the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Singer Justin Bieber is awarded the MTV Voices Award with Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility and Head of MTV Staying Alive Georgia Arnold at the MTV Voices Dinner during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Merchant Hotel on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Richard Godfrey, MTV Europe Music Awards Executive Producer talks during a MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 press conference at Odyssey Arena on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Michael 'Flea' Balzary of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo performs on stage during a rehearsal prior to the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jason Derulo performs on stage during a rehearsal prior to the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Sergio Pizzorno and Tom Meighan of Kasabian perform during a MTV Live Event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Ulster Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Tom Meighan of Kasabian performs during a MTV Live Event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Ulster Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Sergio Pizzorno and Tom Meighan of Kasabian perform during a MTV Live Event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Ulster Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Tom Meighan of Kasabian performs during a MTV Live Event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Ulster Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian walks onto the stage before a MTV Live Event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Ulster Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: The Japanese Popstars perform during a MTV Live Event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at Ulster Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 05: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol performs on stage during a rehearsal prior to the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at City Hall on November 5, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Jennifer Metcalfe attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Jennifer Metcalfe attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jessie J attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Jessie J attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Jennifer Metcalfe attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Katy B attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: LMFAO with SkyBlu (L) and Redfoo attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Mayor of Belfast Niall O Donnghaile
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: LMFAO with SkyBlu (R) and Redfoo attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Greg Lake of Geordie Shore attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Jordan Stephens and Harvey Alexander-Sule of Hip Hop Duo Rizzle Kicks attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model BB from Dirty Sexy Things (R) and guest attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Michael 'Flea' Balzary of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: MTV Europe Music Awards Hostess Selena Gomez attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Coldplay with (L-R) Jonny Buckland, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman and Will Champion attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model BB from Dirty Sexy Things (R) and guest attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga performs at the MTV European Music Awards 2011

A very big thank you to Lady Gaga and all the many international artists who participated in the MTV Awards in Belfast. The event has put the city on the map for reasons that are positive and very different to its reputation in the past.

By music and song, the artists made a significant contribution to peace and to prosperity for people here. This was a watershed weekend, which I would rate alongside the night in November 1995 when President Clinton switched on the Christmas tree lights at the City Hall. While politicians like Clinton and many others from abroad and home played the big parts on the stage of peace, the pop stars who came to Belfast also deserve credit.

In earlier days, I recall U2's iconic concerts in Botanic Gardens and Elton John and Pavarotti in the grounds of Stormont. Now we have the reach of the MTV European Music Awards to a global audience.

Each and every one of those who appeared in Belfast has played a part in the remarkable renaissance of what was once one of the world's most infamous trouble-spots.

This is as it should be. Behind the unkind headlines of the past 40 years, another Northern Ireland has slumbered which is only now emerging in its own right. It existed with the likes of George Best, Van Morrison and Nobel prizewinner Seamus Heaney during our Troubles, but it is now expressing itself as never before. A new generation of highly-talented young people, ranging from Rory McIlroy on the golf course to Janet Devlin on X Factor, is setting Northern Ireland on a different course.

The MTV Awards in Belfast capped the new mood, as will the City of Culture events in Londonderry in 2013. Aside from sport and entertainment, what is broadly referred to as the creative arts and media industry is now a major player in Northern Ireland.

I was reminded of this recently while walking with friends through the Gosford Castle estate near Markethill in Co Armagh. The car-park was crowded with pantechnicons servicing the production of Game of Thrones - the international blockbuster TV series now being filmed in Northern Ireland.

Our society is moving on. A taxi-driver who once ferried journalists to troublesome flashpoints now transports visiting stage and screen personalities and has landed a part as a film extra in Game of Thrones.

The creative arts industry employs more people here than the shipyards did in their halcyon era and the vibes are good for further expansion.

Belfast is hardly Beverley Hills, but it's fast building a reputation for television production and surely must attract even more interest after the weekend's worldwide exposure.

The creative arts, coupled with tourism, represent hope for the future here at a difficult time for all of Europe, as evidenced by the G20 summit in Cannes last week.

A small country, such as Northern Ireland, is worryingly and unduly dependent on public sector employment. The message from Cannes to the Greeks, Italians and Spanish - and to us, as well - is that public money is finite. We cannot sustain the current levels of public expenditure and we also cannot wave a wand and find new jobs privately funded from home or abroad. That is another reason why attracting the MTV awards is so important.

It is essential that we use this exposure to boost interest in the fledgling arts and entertainment industry. The challenge to attract more tourists and to build on the MTV event and turn 35,000 people employed in the creative arts into 50,000. So, Lady Gaga and others, thanks for turning up in Belfast.

Of all the renowned celebrities I have witnessed gracing our presence on the Odyssey stage in the past decade, possibly Bruce Springsteen reflected best the contribution people from here have made to music beyond these shores.

Springsteen must have known from the adulation of the audience that his music was their music; that what our ancestors had taken to America more than two centuries ago, he was returning on a Belfast stage with the fiddles and accordions in his band and the words of his songs.

I appreciate pop music is not of the Springsteen tradition, but the welcome to all the celebrities at the weekend was no less warm-hearted. The MTV awards are another step towards normality. They tap a richly creative vein within this society.

Who knows, by coming here, the awards may even have inspired more of our young people to see that the creative arts industry offers a worthwhile future, if not in front of the cameras on the red carpet, then certainly behind them.

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