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Scoop: Justin Bieber is the big winner at MTV EMAs

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Justin Bieber poses with his awards during a photo call at the 2015 MTV European Music Awards in Milan, Italy on Sunday. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Pop singer Justin Bieber dominated the MTV EMAs with five European music awards Sunday night, including for best male performer, best collaboration and best look.

“It’s been a long couple of years. I just feel it’s awesome to be recognized for my music,” Bieber, who was up for six awards, told the crowd.

Clad in a boyish red ensemble, Bieber performed his single “What Do You Mean?” for screaming fans — many of whom surely helped him win the best fans category — inside the Mediolanum Center in Italy’s fashion capital of Milan.

“Make some noise!” he exhorted the crowd as he sang, as if they needed to be told.

As he picked up his award for best collaboration, Bieber said “it’s been a pretty good night.” By the time he took the fifth award, for best look, he just said “Wow.”

“I don’t know what to say, I got these looks from my mamma,” Bieber added.

He also won the worldwide act: North America category.

Usher lauds Belafonte

As he considered his growing commitment to activism, Usher only needed to look at the man seated next to him, Harry Belafonte, to know how much more he could give.

“Unfortunately, no matter what I say I’m never going to be able to upstage (Belafonte),” the million-selling musician joked during a weekend appearance at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

In an hourlong conversation moderated by Soledad O’Brien, the 37-year-old Usher and 88-year-old Belafonte related with obvious warmth to each other as fellow artists, activists and celebrities and as elder statesman and protege.

Maureen O’Hara dies

Fiery-haired and feisty, Maureen O’Hara could handle anything the world and Hollywood threw at her. Director John Ford punched her in the jaw at a party and John Wayne dragged her through sheep dung — real sheep dung — in “The Quiet Man.” In “Miracle on 34th Street” she learned to believe in Santa Claus.

But first and foremost, she always believed in herself.

“I do like to get my own way,” she said in a 1991 interview with The Associated Press. “There have been crushing disappointments. But when that happens, I say, ‘Find another hill to climb.’”

The Irish-born beauty was 95 when she died Saturday in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, said Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager.

Happy birthday

Actress Emilia Clarke is 28. … Actor Jon Heder is 37. … Actor Seth McFarlane is 41. … Game show host Pat Sajak is 68.

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