Shawn Mendes, Eminem, Ed Sheeran and others take home their awards as the legendary show returns to London for first time in 21 years.
The event was attended by London mayor Sadiq Khan who helped bring the EMAs to the capital as part of his #LondonIsOpen campaign. London was celebrated throughout the night, with Stormzy screaming to the crowd ‘This is London, this is your city’ during his performance of his hit single Big For Your Boots for which he arrived on stage in a police car. His girlfriend and a fabulous and funny TV presented Maya Jama was hosting backstage interviews with the guests of the ceremony.
Rita Ora was hosting the award ceremony and arrived in a bathrobe and diamonds – something that every woman dreams about putting on for a night out. Grenfell Tower fire tragedy was referenced as Ora collected the first ever MTV Power Of Music award on behalf of the 50 British musicians who contributed to the charity cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Hollywood star Jared Leto and his band 30 Seconds To Mars took home The Best Alternative Prize. Leto used his acceptance speech to make a veiled remark at US President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, as he told the crowd:
‘We are Americans, a land of immigrants, and we just want to say we welcome you with open arms and open hearts and we love you, god bless you.’
Rapper Eminem opened the show with a performance of his new single Walk On Water before being named The Best Hip-hop Act. Although the fans were happy to see Eminem collect the award, many claim that he was an unlikely recipient as his fellow nominees were Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone.
Eminem literally has ONE song out this year that he dropped TWO days ago and won best hip hop artist at the EMA’s. White privilege at its finest.
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Canadian sensation and the love of almost all the girls in the world Shawn Mendes was the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) as he picked up three awards including the inaugural Best Artist prize.
Dua Lipa won The Best New Artist prize in her home city of London, however unfortunately was not able to collect it as she is currently on a tour supporting Coldplay who were named The Best Rock act.
Other winners included former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello in The Best Pop category, while Kendrick Lamar won The Best Video prize for his visuals to the hit track Humble.
Text: Irina Gorskaia
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