The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009 took place May 30 at the Saitama Super Arena north of Tokyo in front of an audience of 12,000.
Among the foreign artists who performed at the event were Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Green Day and Ciara.
Korean R&B sensation BoA also took the stage with her producer, Sean Garrett, providing musical support. In addition, the Beastie Boys were surprise guests.
For the second year in a row, the best video award went to the Japanese R&B collective Exile for the song “Ti Amo (Chapter 2).”
And while foreign acts were nominated in every category, Japanese artists walked away with the bulk of the statues.
The exceptions were Katy Perry for best pop video (“I Kissed a Girl”) and Nelly & Fergie for best collaboration video (“Party People”).
Local favorites Teriyaki Boyz won the best hip-hop video award, which featured input from Pharrell and Busta Rhymes.
The show was broadcast live on Japanese TV and will be rebroadcast June 19 on MTV’s “World Stage,” which is carried by 62 MTV channels worldwide.