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The 'California Gurl,' who tied with Gaga in taking home the most statuettes, was both happy and surprised to win the Video of the Year prize for her quadruple-platinum single 'Firework.'
"I was shocked, because there's a lot of really great people in that category, especially Adele, who I love and is most deserving of any nomination," Perry told reporters after the show. "I felt like I was in the right place tonight, especially with that award. I mean we all love 'California Gurls.' It's a great song, but it's not going to change the world. 'Firework,' for me, it feels like it's a movement. You can always pick songs about clubs and b-----s and h-s, but I think it takes a little bit more to make a song like 'Firework.'"
Aside from snagging so many trophies -- which she noted made her look like the "Octomom," especially as she tried to take pictures and hold them at the same time -- the 26-year-old was also smitten with husband Russell Brand's touching tribute to Amy Winehouse. Like the late British singer, Brand has suffered from both drug and alcohol addiction, although he's managed to kick his habits.
"I'm proud of him," Perry said. "I think he was right on. Not only was he providing the beautiful color palette that Amy was, but he was also providing a realistic point of view that may have helped people out there that needed help. I felt like it was really well rounded and smart, and that's why I married him."
Perry also took home awards in the Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects categories for her song 'E.T.' featuring Kanye West.
Watch Katy Perry Accept Her Video of the Year Award