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Billy Wins, Elton Loses and Brett Gets Flatened at the Tonys

In the history of Broadway's Tony Awards, there's never been a show quite like last night's. From the opening, which featured Poison, to the end where the Elton John's Billy Elliot won the last of its ten awards, there was loud music pumping through the speakers.

The opening number may have been the biggest surprise, but not because it featured a medley of numbers from the nominated musicals. As part of the Rock of Ages section of the show, Poison took the stage to perform Nothin' But a Good Time. As the number ended and Bret Michaels was walking to the back of the stage, the next set piece was lowered directly onto him, knocking him to the floor.

Michaels' publicist, Joann Mignano said that he did suffer a broken nose and a cut to his lip that required three stitches but was in good spirits. He remained hospitalized until today so he could have a CAT scan.

As far as awards go, Billy Elliot did not disapoint, taking home ten of the fifteen awards for which it was nominated (musical, book, lead actor, featured actor, scenic design, lighting design, sound design, direction, choreography and orchestrations). In a first, the award for lead actor in a musical went to the three boys who shared the lead role in Elliot. They were required to rotate the lead with each performance due to the strenuous dance numbers.

The other big surprise was Elton John's loss of best score for Billy Elliot to Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey for Next to Normal. It's not the first time Elton has had this kind of disapointment. His score for The Lion King, which won most of the major awards in 1998, was beat out for best score by Ragtime. He did win the award a couple of years later for Aida.

The production of Hair won for musical revival while Liza Minnelli took the special event Tony.