2017 MTV EMAs
Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the Best Artist prize Sunday at the MTV EMAs, while U2 were proclaimed Global Icons. Mendes also won the Best Song trophy for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” at the city’s SSE Arena. He also took the prize for Best Fans.
The show, formerly known as the MTV Europe Music Awards, opened with a clip of Eminem performing his new single “Walk on Water” in a London pub. He then emerged onstage in jeans and a black hoodie to perform the number live, with Skylar Gray filling in on the duet duties Beyoncé performed on the recording. Eminem was also named Best Hip Hop Artist.
Sunday marked the awards’ return to London for the first time since 1996, and locally bred singer Rita Ora hosted.
The show featured plenty of dazzle, from the 50 dancers accompanying Demi Lovato on “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell me You Love Me” to the giant animatronic bird carrying Travis Scott onto the stage.
Camila Cabello, who won the Best Pop prize, performed “Havana” with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beauties around a realistic projection of a pool. London grime artist Stormzy arrived in a police car and left in a blaze of fireworks after performing the rousing “Big For Your Boots.”
Performers ranged across genres and generations, and included singer-songwriter Kesha, electronic act Clean Bandit, rapper French Montana, rockers The Killers and former One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne.
Kendrick Lamar won Best Video for “Humble,” a lavish clip laced with religious and art-history imagery.
The awards are held in a different European city each year, with winners selected by fans across the continent. Next year’s ceremony will be held in Bilbao, Spain.
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Look: See the winners
Best Song: Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”
Best Artist: Shawn Mendes
Best Look: Zayn
Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
Best Pop: Camila Cabello
Best Video: Kendrick Lamar - “Humble”
Best Live: Ed Sheeran
Best Electronic David Guetta
Best Rock: Coldplay
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Biggest Fans: Shawn Mendes
Best Push: Hailee Steinfeld
Best World Stage: The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
Worldwide Act Winners:
Lil’ Kleine – The Netherlands
Tangana – Spain
Babymetal – Japan
Alma – Finland
DaVido – Nigeria
Stormzy – UK & Ireland
Lali – Argentina
Global Icon: U2
WATCH: See performances from the show
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