Blur singer Damon Albarn used an MTV Europe awards victory by his side-project Gorillaz to protest the American military action in Afghanistan.
The BBC reports that Gorillaz -- an animated group that employs Albarn's singing voice -- won best dance artist and best song for their track "Clint Eastwood."
Albarn showed the crowd a symbol for the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament and declared: "Bombing one of the poorest countries in the world is wrong. You've got the voice, use it."
The report said Jennifer Lopez sent a video message. Like most American artists, she stayed away from the show, which was broadcast from Frankfurt, Germany, to an estimated worldwide audience of one billion.
Limp Bizkit picked up awards for best group, best album, and top website. Craig David won best R&B act and best U.K. and Ireland act.
Kylie Minogue, U2, REM., Depeche Mode, Dido, and Atomic Kitten performed at the show, The BBC said.