The cable giant takes audacity seriously on its 10th annual show

By Trey Alexander
Updated June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Lil ' Kim: Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect

Forget the usual awards-show glitz and glam. The 2001 MTV Movie Awards, taped June 2 (and aired June 7), was more about pasties and pee. Lil’ diva Lil’ Kim — who joined Pink, Mya, and Christina Aguilera in a fiery performance of ”Lady Marmalade” from ”Moulin Rouge” — was barely dressed in daisy-shaped pasties on the red carpet (actually, it was gold shag). ”I designed it,” she boasted. And ”Saturday Night Live”’s Will Ferrell, offering relaxation tips to Best Comedic Performance winner Ben Stiller (”Meet the Parents”), wet his pants. On stage.

But some of the best moments at the 10th-anniversary telecast were surprisingly tame. ”Swordfish”’s Halle Berry, miffed at reports she’d received an extra $500,000 to appear topless in the flick, demanded an ounce of flesh from costars John Travolta and Hugh Jackman, who obliged with a PG-rated striptease that revealed only their bellies. And MTV favorite Jim Carrey — who earned his ninth Golden Popcorn statue, for Best Villain in ”Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — turned the volume to zero. He accepted in silence (a prerecorded speech filled L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium as Carrey mimicked telepathy).