LONDON — Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sunday at the MTV EMAs, whilst U2 have been proclaimed world icons in a display that celebrated London’s numerous tradition, from pubs to pirate radio.

Mendes, the 19-year-old Canadian megastar, additionally gained the best-song trophy for There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, to the pleasure of enthusiasts status in a well mannered onstage mosh-pit at the town’s SSE Arena. Fittingly, he additionally took the prize for splendid enthusiasts.

The display, previously referred to as the MTV Europe Music Awards, opened with a clip of Eminem acting his new unmarried Walk on Water in a London pub. He then emerged onstage in denims and a black hoodie to accomplish the slow-burning quantity are living, with Skylar Gray filling in on the duet tasks Beyoncé carried out on the recording.

Eminem used to be additionally named splendid hip-hop artist, and proclaimed marvel.

“I don’t know how I got this because I haven’t had an album out in a few years,” he stated.


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Sunday marked the awards’ go back to London for the first time since 1996, and in the community bred singer Rita Ora used to be a suitably chipper host. Taking the level clad in a bathrobe and towel, she saved issues shifting, modified outfits each and every couple of minutes and gamely joshed in video clips with the stars of pirate-radio sitcom People Just Do Nothing.

The display featured a number of visible dazzle, from the 50 dancers accompanying Demi Lovato on Sorry Not Sorry and Tell me You Love Me to the massive animatronic chicken sporting Travis Scott onto the level.

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Singer Camila Cabello, who gained the best-pop prize, carried out Havana with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beauties round a practical projection of a pool. London dust artist Stormzy arrived in a police automotive and left in a blaze of fireworks after acting the rousing Big for Your Boots.

Performers ranged throughout genres and generations, and integrated singer/songwriter Kesha, digital act Clean Bandit, rapper French Montana, rockers The Killers and previous One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne.

Kendrick Lamar gained splendid video for Humble, a lavish clip laced with spiritual and art-history imagery.

Coldplay used to be named splendid rock act, whilst the best-alternative prize went to Thirty Seconds to Mars. Frontman Jared Leto thanked Europe, including that the U.S. is a land of immigrants and “we welcome you with open arms.”

British singer/songwriter Dua Lipa used to be named splendid new artist.

U2, who performed an MTV-sponsored live performance in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday, gained the Global Icon award from Leto, who stated “U2 changed my life.”

“Their songs are prayers, their concerts a church,” he stated. “They challenge us, they inspire us.”

The Irish band devoted the award to label boss Chris Blackwell of Island information, who signed them virtually 40 years in the past. And in a nod to a brand new technology of artists, Bono crooned an a capella model of Stormzy’s Blinded By Your Grace.

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