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Bizkit hot at MTV Europe Awards

Limp Bizkit tops the list of winners at the 2001 MTV Europe Music Awards, followed by the cartoon rap group Gorillaz.

The annual ceremony, held late Thursday in Frankfurt, included prizes in 22 categories. Three awards went to Limp Bizkit, while Gorillaz walked away with two of the six awards for which they were nominated.

About 7,000 fans were entertained by guest artists including Dido, R.E.M. and the evening's stars, Limp Bizkit.

Increased security accompanied this year's awards amid concerns following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Prizes were presented by Boris Becker, Claudia Schiffer and Ben Stiller, among others.

Rap mogul's manse no party palace

Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has abandoned plans to expand his mansion atop a hill in California's San Fernando Valley because of neighborhood opposition, officials said.

Knight was planning to build a movie theater, pool and other amenities at the 9,000-square-foot structure. He has since withdrawn his request and wants to complete construction of the home, said Ana Vidal, an assistant city planner.

Neighbors were worried Knight, who founded Death Row Records, would throw loud parties at the house. Knight never planned to move into the mansion, according to his company, but wants to use it as a "positive" environment for children.

Construction began several years ago but stopped after Knight, 36, went to prison in 1996. He was released in August after serving five years for violating probation by getting into a fight.

Theater cancellation

The Dec. 8 performance at the Mahaffey Theater of HD Planet, a multimedia production hosted by TV's Bill Kurtis, has been canceled. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

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