At the 2021 MTV European Music Awards held on Sunday, popular Korean band BTS and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran emerged as the big winners.
As per Variety, BTS won the most awards, including Best Pop, Best Group, Best K-Pop and Biggest Fans, but were not on hand to collect the awards. Sheeran, who was present, won Best Artist and Best Song for 'Bad Habits'.
Justin Bieber, who was the frontrunner with eight nominations, didn't win any awards.
Italian rock band Maneskin won Best Rock. After the usual round of thanks during their acceptance speech, lead singer Damiano David said, "We also want to say that people usually told us that we were not going to make it with our music - well, I guess you were wrong."
Show host and performer Saweetie won Best New, Nicki Minaj won Best Hip-Hop and Olivia Rodrigo Best Push. Colombian singer Maluma who won Best Latin said: "Colombia is not Pablo Escobar anymore - Colombia is Maluma, baby."
YUNGBLUD won the award for Best Alternative. "I would like to say that this award is a tribute to individualism - this is an award for the 13-year-old boy from the north of England who was absolutely terrified to be who he was. If you are out there and you feel like you cannot be who you are, you can be. Keep fighting. Keep being brilliant," the musician said.
The Best Collaboration award went to Doja Cat ft. SZA for 'Kiss Me More', while David Guetta won Best Electronic and Billie Eilish was honoured with the Video for Good award.
Among the regional local act categories, Taylor Swift won for the US and Little Mix for the UK and Ireland.
The MTV EMA Generation Change Awards went to five honorees for fighting against anti-LGBTQ+ policies. MTV went ahead with the awards in Hungary, despite the country passing anti-LGBTQ+ laws in June, in solidarity with the community.
Viktoria Radvanyi, a board member of Budapest Pride, Hungary's first feminist and anti-racist LGBTQ+ NGO appeared on stage to accept the award on behalf of the winners. She urged the community to vote together and not to be driven back into the closet.
Here's the full list of 2021 MTV EMA winners:
Ed Sheeran - 'Bad Habits'
Lil Nas X - 'MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)'
Doja Cat ft. SZA - 'Kiss Me More'
VIDEO FOR GOOD
Billie Eilish - 'Your Power'
MTV EMA GENERATION CHANGE AWARD
Amir AshourMatthew BlaiseSage Dolan-SandrinoErika HiltonViktoria Radvanyi
2021 MTV EMA LOCAL ACT WINNERS
Best African Act - Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Australian Act - Ruel
Best Brazilian Act - Manu Gavassi
Best Canadian Act - Johnny Orlando
Best Caribbean Act - Bad Bunny
Best French Act - Amel Bent
Best German Act - Badmomzjay
Best Hungarian Act - Azahriah
Best India Act - DIVINE
Best Italian Act - Aka 7even
Best Israeli Act - Noa Kirel
Best Japan Act - Sakurazaka46
Best Korea Act - Aespa
Best Latin America-North Act - Aleman
Best Latin America-South Act - Tini
Best Latin America-Central Act - Sebastian Yatra
Best New Zealand Act - Teeks
Best Nordic Act - Tessa (Denmark)
Best Polish Act - Daria Zawialow
Best Portuguese Act - Diogo Picarra
Best MTV Russia Act - Max Barskih
Best Southeast Asia Act - JJ Lin (Singapore)
Best Spanish Act - Aitana
Best Swiss Act - Gjon's Tears
Best UK and Ireland Act - Little Mix
Best US Act - Taylor Swift
After a virtual 2020, the event was live from the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena in Hungary and aired on MTV in 180 countries.
Sheeran opened the proceedings with a rendition of his latest single 'Overpass Graffiti' and later on performed his hit number 'Shivers'.
The world premiere performance of Maluma's 'Mama Tetema', included a segment where he and his dancers were drenched in artificial rain, in keeping with the water theme.
With a medley of two unreleased songs, 'Coconuts' and 'Hit It From The Back', Kim Petras made EMAs history as the first trans artist to perform at the show.
There were also performances by OneRepublic, Maluma, Imagine Dragons, Maneskin, Griff and Girl in Red. YUNGBLUD closed the night with a performance of his latest single 'Fleabag' that was replete with pyrotechnics and ended with him and his band trashing the stage.
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