2001 VMAs Present: The Best Of The Red Carpet. About the Show Thursday, September 06, 2001 Hosted by Jamie Foxx For a second time, the 2001 Video Music Awards were at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Our trip back to Radio City Music Hall the year before must have sent a message, as the Met asked us back, even after the spectacle, erm, we mean show, that we staged there in 1999. Jamie FoxxHost Jamie Foxx, known for his own musical abilities as well as his acting chops and comedic skills (is there anything he can't do?), drew inspiration from the venue to kick off the show. His operatic medley of the year's most popular songs undoubtedly set the bar for the incredible performances to come. Fatboy Slim was the king of Moonmen at the 2001 VMAs, taking home six awards for "Weapon of Choice." The video, which featured a dancing and gravity-defying Christopher Walken (who, it has been confirmed, has those powers in real life), won the award for Breakthrough Video and Best Direction, among others. Shunning the notion that the boy band era would end, also winning big was *NSYNC, in all their frosty-locked glory. They walked with four awards for "Pop" -- Best Dance Video, Best Group Video, Best Pop Video and Viewer's Choice. And what could be more fitting than a surprise appearance by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, near the end of *NSYNC's performance of the song? Nothing, that's what. Jackson lit up the stage with some of his trademark dance moves while Justin Timberlake beat boxed. Incredible. The Video of the Year award went to Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink featuring Missy Elliot for their work on "Lady Marmalade," which they recreated for the film Moulin Rouge. It was a win that was uncomfortable, at best, until it was decided that each woman would get their own award and would not have to share visitation rights with just one Moonman. In related news, the previous statement was a joke; those gals loooove one another. Classin' the joint up a bit for us was Alicia Keys, who won the Best New Artist award for "Fallin'," and helped us pro. VMA: A Tribute To Britney Spears - "I'm A Slave 4 U" Watch as a feisty feline reenacts Britney's 2001 'I'm A Slave 4 U' VMA performance. Tune-in to the show on Sunday, August 28 at 9/8c to see the VMAs honor the pop princess. Highlights Even OutKast's hip-hop phenomenon, Stankonia, couldn't stop the sugar-pop momentum that was taking over the world in 2001. Fatboy Slim and *NSYNC split most of the honors at the Jamie Foxx-hosted event. VMA #TBT: Britney Spears Performs "I'm A Slave 4 U" Between the tiger, python and body glitter, Britney Spears' 2001 VMA performance was beyond epic. MTV Assistant Editor John Walker muses about the impact the moment had on his own life and pop culture at large. Read More. VMA Round Table Discusses Britney's Iconic Python Outfit Tamar Anitai, Annie Georgia Greenberg, Jarvis Derrell, Mary HK Choi and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd discuss why Britney's "Slave 4 U" performance outfit is a Top VMA Fashion Moment. 2019 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Britney Spears' 'Slave 4 U' Performance Is Artists' Most Epic VMA Moment Karmin, JoJo and 98 Degrees agree: Brit Brit's python-featuring performance is the most memorable VMA performance of all time. Britney's Snake: Where is She Now? EXCLUSIVE Gaby Wilson shares the results of MTV News's investigative report into the whereabouts of the snake Britney Spears danced with during her iconic 2001 VMAs performance. Tune in to the 2016 VMAs, live from New York on Sunday, August 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.