Superstar Madonna was shocked at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) last night (03NOV05), when the ceremony's Kazakhstani host Borat SAGDIYEV labelled her a "transvestite".

The singer opened the Lisbon, Portugal ceremony with a performance of her new single HUNG UP, which samples Abba's hit GIMME, GIMME, GIMME.

The Abba-inspired track appeared to confuse British ALI G comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's alter-ego Borat, who thought he had stepped back into the Swedish's supergroup's 1970s heyday.

Walking onto the stage at the Pavilhao Atlantico, Borat said, "Welcome to the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.

"The singer before me - who was he? It was very courageous of MTV to start the show with a genuine transvestite."