How MTV Took Over Europe

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MTV PARTY POPPERS: Clockwise from left: Kylie Minogue, Missy Elliott, Timberlake, Aguilera, Kraftwerk and Knowles

In the heart of the city, a castle dominates the skyline from the top of a jagged rock face — Edinburgh is built to expect invaders. But few have been as welcome as the hordes that arrived last week. On Wednesday night Justin Timberlake gave an impromptu DJ set in a pound-a-pint student pub, while Beyoncé Knowles went on a private shopping spree in the city's Harvey Nichols store. They were here for the MTV Europe Music Awards, where Christina Aguilera burst out of a nun's habit to reveal her trademark chaps, and, of course, little else. The event was broadcast...

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