Women took dwelling the key spoils on the 2018 MTV EMAs, which noticed massive wins for Camila Cabello, Nicki Minaj and Janet Jackson, alongside standout performances by Bebe Rexha, Spanish star Rosalía and host Hailee Steinfeld.
Minaj opened the present with a commanding, pyrotechnic-accompanied run by means of “Good Form” earlier than British pop group Little Mix joined her onstage to carry out the band’s new single “Woman Like Me,” which contains a visitor spot from the rapper.
Minaj additionally took dwelling awards for greatest hip-hop and greatest have a look at the 25th MTV EMAs, which had been held at Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Spain. “I need to thank all my followers world wide,” stated the rapper upon receiving the very best hip-hop title.
Cabello, who didn't carry out on the awards present however was current in Bilbao, received 4 awards, together with greatest artist, greatest tune and greatest video for “Havana” ft. Young Thug.
“I do know what it's prefer to be a fan," she stated after receiving her first honor of the evening. "I bear in mind once I was 14-years-old watching these exhibits, ready for my favourite artists to come back on. I understand how particular that bond is between a fan and their favourite artist and I do know particular the bond I've with is with my followers."
Other massive winners included Dua Lipa, who was named greatest pop act, and Cardi B, topped greatest new artist. Shawn Mendes, who dominated final 12 months’s EMAs in London, received greatest reside act, whereas 5 Seconds of Summer took the title for greatest rock.
Ariana Grande -- the second-most nominated artist going into the evening, behind Cabello -- didn't take dwelling a win in any of her 5 classes.
Hosting the occasion was Oscar-nominated actress and singer Steinfeld, whose charisma and stage presence made her one of many extra completed presenters in current EMA historical past, helped by a noticeable lower in the kind of lame skits which can be usually a regular characteristic of EMA exhibits.
One sketch that did hit the mark was a gap artwork heist sketch that noticed Steinfeld raid an artwork gallery (clearly impressed by Bilbao’s world well-known Guggenheim Museum) and culminated in Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie climbing down the venue partitions and rising by means of the ceiling to carry out “High Hopes” alongside his band mates, which he additionally carried out on the 2018 MTV VMAs again in August.
Later within the present, Steinfeld gave a robust plug for her upcoming function in Transformers spinoff Bumblebee by singing her new monitor “Back To Life” from inside an enormous human "automobile" created by greater than 20 dancers.
Other standout performances included Spanish fashionable Flamenco star Rosalía, final 12 months’s host Bebe Rexha singing “I’m a Mess” joined by 100 dancers carrying hospital robes, and international icon honoree Janet Jackson delivering a knock-out three tune medley of “Made For Now,” “All for You” and “Rhythm Nation” atop an elevated stage accompanied by drummers, torch carriers, pyrotechnic explosions and dozens of dancers.
“I really feel moved to talk for girls’s voices who've been stifled,” stated Jackson in a strong heartfelt acceptance speech. “I'm a kind of ladies. Women who've been gagged, each actually and emotionally. Women who've been abused. Women who've been intimidated. Women who've lived in concern.
"I stand with you. You are my sisters,” she went on to say, calling for girls to talk out for justice and the “spirit that crosses all borders, acknowledges the dignity of all individuals and affirms the fantastic thing about all faiths.”
“Speak out for acts of true charity, small and enormous," she continued. "Speak out for an all-embracing love as a result of its love that may heal our wounds."
If Jackson’s efficiency represented hearth, Halsey’s was all about water because the singer passionately belted out “Without Me” whereas chained to a stake within the floor as rainfall fell round her.
Also making their EMAs mainstage debut was US pop rap duo Jack & Jack, who soared excessive above the gang on wires throughout “Rise” earlier than crash-landing right into a front room set the place they had been joined by dozens of dancers.
As the occasion drew to an in depth, Minaj returned to the stage to hitch Jason Derulo and David Guetta for an lively run by means of their collaboration “Goodbye.”
The present ended with two songs by greatest digital winner Marshmello, starting with “FRIENDS” alongside Anne-Marie. Bastille then joined the DJ and Anne-Marie for the rousing “Happier,” and had been accompanied by big inflatable Marshmello heads and exploding confetti canons.
Here's the total record of 2018 MTV EMA winners:
Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug
Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug
5 Seconds of Summer
Panic! At The Disco
BEST WORLD STAGE
Alessia Cara, MTV Spotlight at Hyperplay, Singapore 2018
Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)
BEST US ACT (WORLDWIDE ACT*)