Stephen M. Silverman
August 29, 2005 07:00 AM

It was a red-letter day for Green Day at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, as the veteran punk group took home seven moonmen, while newcomers The Killers and Fall Out Boy each grabbed one of their own.

Green Day, who showed up at the Miami event in the vintage green convertible from their gritty “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” video, were honored for best rock video and video of the year for the clip. They also won the viewer’s choice award, best group and several technical categories, losing only to Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” for art direction. (In all, Green Day had led the list of nominees, with eight.)

“It’s great to know that rock music still has a place at MTV,” said Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, in reference to the pop and hip-hop winners of the Video Music Awards’ recent past.

This year, Kanye West was the only rapper to win an “all-genre” award, with his “Jesus Walks” (best male video).

The Killers won for best new artist. Fall Out Boy won the MTV2 award for their song “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” beating out artists like Mike Jones, My Chemical Romance and reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, the Associated Press reports.

Although host Diddy promised that the evening’s theme would be, “anything can happen,” attendees didn’t quite know what to make of the exchange between presenters Lil’ Kim and “Entourage” actor Jeremy Piven. “You know, she’s about to go to the big house for lying,” the actor said, referring to Kim’s recent conviction for perjury. “I’d like to place a call to the warden and upgrade your situation.”

When Piven continued the jabs, Kim said, “Jeremy, I think I’ve suffered enough.”

That awkward moment aside, celebrants also could not ignore the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which hit southern Florida on Thursday and killed several people. After the storm passed, the party picked up again – until early Sunday morning, when rap mogul Suge Knight was targeted by gunfire at a Kanye West party.

Knight was shot in the leg and scheduled for surgery at a Miami hospital. His lawyers would not release his condition, which was not expected to be life threatening.

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