|The buzz of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards certainly surrounds Kanye West and Taylor Swift, but the big headlines from the rock world all belong to Green Day, who took home three awards (Best Rock Video, Best Direction and Best Cinematography) for their clip for "21 Guns," and they also delivered a triumphant, raucous performance of "East Jesus Nowhere" (where they welcomed a massive throng of fans onto the stage to rock with them during the tune's finale).|
MTV News was tagging along with the band all throughout the evening, including the moments just before they hit the stage for their show-stealing performance. "It's always a little nerve-racking and fun," bass player Mike Dirnt said. "That the fans vote for it — that's the important thing." Dirnt also said that he enjoyed playing around with Jack Black's giant battle ax while frontman Billie Joe Armstrong gave the acceptance speech for Best Rock Video.