Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 06/18/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
TORONTO -- South Korean rapper Psy hosted in style, Drake dropped by for an unannounced visit and soon-to-be-wed Canadian music power couple Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger took a bow at the MuchMusic Video Awards.
Psy opened the festivities with his galloping viral smash Gangnam Style, and also won the viral video of the year award for the video, which racked up more than 1.65 billion YouTube views.
Meanwhile, Lavigne sent a buzz through the crowd when she walked the red carpet with Nickelback's Kroeger. The punk princess wore a black-leather crown covered in metal spikes atop her head, and the couple was mutually clad head-to-toe in black.
It wasn't long before she'd claimed her first award, for international video of the year by a Canadian.
Grammy-winning Toronto rapper Drake was the evening's big surprise guest, strolling onstage unannounced to give a brief speech after winning hip hop video of the year for his origin-story boast Started From the Bottom (which also brought home the award for director of the year).
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 18, 2013 C2
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