The EMA’s took place last night at London’s Wembley Arena with a host of international artists in attendance. Shawn Mendes was the evenings’ big winner, taking home the trophies for Best Artist, Biggest Fanbase and Best Song for his summer smash, ‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’. Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar took home Best Video for ‘Humble’, while the Best Rock went to Coldplay (yeah, we know).
Other winners included opening act Eminem who premiered new number ‘Walk on Water’, with co-writer Skylar Grey. Upon winning an award for best hip-hop artist, he thanked fans and MTV for his success, “I want to thank the fans, and I want to thank MTV. But I also want to thank Chuck D and B-Real for so much inspiration. They’re the reasons that I’m even able to be here right now. These guys are like Gods to me.”
However, considering the fact he hasn’t released an album since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, his award came as a shock, beating both Kendrick Lamar and Drake to victory. That wasn’t the only shock, Kanye West’s arch nemesis, Taylor Swift, won nothing, despite her six nominations.
Eminem’s victory flagged a few concerns about the awards ceremony, namely, how did he end up getting nominated in the first place? Why exactly it’s the ‘European Music Awards’ if the majority of nominated artists are from outside of Europe? And, on an unrelated note, who decided that U2 are ‘Global Icons’ barely a week after Bono was caught up in the Paradise Papers scandal?
That said, Stormzy did manage to pull off a political performance on a moving police car. Performing ‘Big For Your Boots’, he took the opportunity to tackle the police treatment of young blacks in inner city London, following earlier encounters when a gang of officers forced their way into his residency accusing him of “burgling his own home.” Moments before, his live debut was almost derailed after being locked in the female toilets, with the grime MC taking to Snapchat to call for help. Luckily, he was saved by a friend who gave him the all clear.
Other performers included Travis Scott, who catapulted over the crowd on a mechanical eagle for a rendition of ‘Butterfly Effect’ while UK chart-topper and winner of Best Pop Camilla Cabello, led dozens of dancers through a Cuban-esque swimming pool for ‘Havana’.
See the full list of winners on the MTV website