Singer Rita Ora poses for photographers upon arrival on the MTV European Music Awards 2017 in London, Sunday, Nov. 12th, 2017. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) (Associated Press)
By Jill Lawless | AP By Jill Lawless | AP November 12 at four:13 PM
LONDON — Shawn Mendes took the prize for finest tune Sunday on the MTV EMAs as Rita Ora hosted an lively British-accented awards present in London.
Mendes, the 19-year-old Canadian star, gained the trophy for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” to the delight of followers standing in a well mannered onstage mosh-pit on the metropolis’s SSE Arena.
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran had been amongst contenders for the best-artist trophy on the ceremony, the place Irish rockers U2 are set to be named world icons.
Swift had nominations in six clbades on the music awards, together with finest artist and finest video, for “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Mendes, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus are additionally nominated for the first-ever finest artist prize, which replaces the awards’ beforehand separate female and male artist clbades.
The present, previously often called 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 denims and a black hoodie to carry out the slow-burning quantity reside, with Skylar Gray filling in on the duet duties Beyoncé carried out on the recording.
Eminem was additionally named finest hip-hop artist and proclaimed shock.
“I don’t know how I got this because I haven’t had an album out in a few years,” he mentioned.
The upbeat present, which used daring high-resolution animation, video and projections to spectacular impact, additionally had reside performances by former One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello adopted
Cabello carried out “Havana” with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beauties round a practical projection of a pool. London grime artist Stormzy arrived in a police automobile and left in a blaze of fireworks after performing the rousing “Big For Your Boots.”
U2, who performed an MTV-sponsored live performance in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday, is because of obtain the Global Icon award. The band thrilled a number of thousand followers with a mixture of new tunes and basic hits on the outside present.
U2 paid tribute Saturday to the 22 folks killed by a bomber at Manchester Arena in May, and Bono despatched out a message of unity, saying: “We need each other, and we have much more in common than what divides us.”
The awards are held in a distinct European metropolis annually, with winners chosen by followers throughout the continent.
They had been final held in London in 1996.
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