Pop idol Justin Timberlake, host of the MTV Europe Music Awards, won two of the top prizes himself in the Danish capital.
The singer of Sexy Back picked up the Best Male Artist and Best Pop Act awards, while pop diva Christina Aguilera won top female act. Red Hot Chili Peppers, who had been tipped as favourites with four nominations, only picked up the Best Album award for Stadium Arcadium. Madonna, up for three awards for her Confessions on a Dance Floor album, failed to take home any prize.
Depeche Mode picked up the award for the best group, while Las Vegas, Nevada band The Killers won the Best Rock Act prize. Kanye West took home the Best Hip Hop Act prize, and the English band Muse clinched the Best Alternative Act award.
Gnarls Barkley picked up the Best Song award for Crazy, while Britainâ€™s Rihanna won the Best R and B Act prize, and We are Your Friends by Justice Vs Simian was named the Best Video.
More than 8,000 fans braved the cold to see acts such as the British rock group Keane and US rap star Snoop Dogg, playing in a parallel show to the indoor awards ceremony.
The MTV awards show was created in 1994 as an alternative to the Grammys, the US music awards show, and is hosted by a different European city every year.