Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber win big at MTV EMAs
MTV staged its 22nd annual Europe Music Awards in Milan, Italy Sunday night, and while Kanye West didn’t take the stage to declare his candidacy for president like he did at the network’s flagship awards show in August, the Ed Sheeran-hosted event gathered a variety of high-profile performers and doled out plenty of shiny hardware.
Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” — the Kendrick Lamar-featuring song that took home Video of the Year at the VMAs — won Best Song at the EMAs, beating out tracks by Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. But Swift couldn’t snag Best Video, which went to “Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who topped Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Sia, and Swift.
Rihanna, who still hasn’t put out her hotly-anticipated eighth album, won Best Female over Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Goulding, and Swift. Meanwhile, Best Male went to Justin Bieber, whose competition included Jason Derulo, West, Williams, and Sheeran. The resurgent star also won awards for Biggest Fans, Best Look, Best Canadian Act, Best North American Act, and Best Collaboration, for his work on Skrillex & Diplo’s “Where Are Ü Now.”
Other major awards went to Shawn Mendes (Best New Act), One Direction (Best Pop), Martin Garrix (Best Electronic), Coldplay (Best Rock), Lana Del Rey (Best Alternative), Nicki Minaj (Best Hip Hop), and Sheeran himself (Best Live Act).
The EMAs air stateside on MTV at 8 p.m. ET Monday evening. For a full winners list, head over to MTV.