By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 24, 1998 12:00 AM

Creed, who are relative newcomers to the block, and old-timers Bon Jovi were among the winners in the My VH1 Music Awards Thursday, with categories designed and decided by viewers voting online. Veteran rockers Carlos Santana, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (whose lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, announced at the ceremony, “Beating Creed once or twice is good enough for us”) nabbed two awards apiece, blocking a clean sweep for Creed, which went into the event with a leading nine nominations. Creed was given the breakout award “Welcome To The Big Time,” as well as song of the year for its hit single (“Higher”), the group of the year award and the “2 For 2” award (for having a second album that was as good as its first). Host John Leguizamo opened the show with an Eminem-style rap that featured the refrain: “I’ve been to bed with Britney/I’ve been to bed with Mandy/ I couldn’t get Christina/So I did her brother Andy.” Bon Jovi won video of the year for “It’s My Life.” Accepting the award, Jon Bon Jovi boasted, “We’ve been around longer than VH1.” Backstage, he advised newcomers: “Don’t worry about what’s fashionable. Because bell-bottoms will be gone and then back again. You’ve got to remain true to who you are.”