Johannesburg, 13 November 2017:
The 2017 MTV EMAs
opened with Best Hip Hop
doing a thrilling orchestra-backed performance, along with guest artist Skylar Grey
, of his newly dropped track "Walk on Water," taking the mic in a London pub before joining the EMA stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Following, the audience saw global pop star and hometown hostess Rita Ora
run through London's streets to get to the show, with UK radio crew Kurupt FM of British sitcom "People Just Do Nothing" and a cameo from the Mayor of London himself.
Proving they're the biggest band in the world, U2
performed "Get Out Of Your Own Way" from London's historic Trafalgar Square and was honored with the night's prestigious milestone award, Global Icon. Best Pop
winner Camila Cabello
's captivating and elaborate musical production featured a hugely choreographed routine that moved through three scenes and incorporated soaring overhead shots, ending in a Havana-style swimming pool. Liam Payne
got hearts racing with a steamy performance of "Strip That Down" featuring dancers in streetwear moving across an LED disco floor, while perched on hydraulics set to a spectacular LED light show.
Bold entrances were the theme for the night with Travis Scott
flying in on the back of an animatronic bird over the audience for his performance of "Butterfly Effect," while Stormzy
arrived in a police car for his smash grime track "Big For Your Boots." The Killers
performed "The Man" via a stripped down, stirring classic rock performance. Shawn Mendes
was crowned Best Artist
and rocked his Best Song
-winning track "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" in an ever-evolving light box.
Host Rita Ora's
performance featured more than 50 dancers in an over-the-top medley of songs from her new album, "Your Song" and "Anywhere."
Other artists delivering a mix of fan favorite tracks included Demi Lovato
with her performance of "Sorry Not Sorry" and "Tell Me You Love Me," and Kesha
's moving rendition of "Learn to Let Go." David Guetta
closed the show with an electrifying performance of his new single "Dirty, Sexy, Money" with guests French Montana
, and Charli XCX
Later, Rita Ora
was presented with the first-ever "MTV EMA Power of Music Award"
honoring the charitable efforts on behalf of all the artists who responded to Grenfell.
Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards
and Best Local Act awards
for multiple regions including Spain, The Netherlands, Japan and Nigeria. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2017. They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives. Best African Act
was awarded to Nigerian music sensation, Davido
. Says Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa & BET International, "
This is a proud moment for African talent. Congratulations to Davido
for winning the Best African Act
and as co-winner of the Worldwide Act
at the 2017 MTV EMAs
. All our nominees at this year's awards serve as an inspiration to young artists on the continent. These accolades are indicative of our commitment to elevate and unlock Africa's collective talent and potential on a global scale."
At the close of show, Ora announced that the 2018 MTV EMAs
would be held in Bilbao, Spain
Viewers can watch all the entertainment on a rebroadcast of the show on MTV (Channel130 on DStv) today, Tuesday 13 November at 14:00 CAT and at 17:30 and 22:00 CAT.
See complete list of winners and performances below.FULL LIST OF 2017 MTV EMA WINNERS BEST AFRICA ACT
Davido - Nigeria WORLDWIDE ACT WINNERS
Davido – Nigeria
Lil' Kleine - The Netherlands
C. Tangana – Spain
BABYMETAL – Japan
ALMA – Finland
Stormzy - UK & Ireland
Lali - Argentina BEST SONG
Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back BEST ARTIST
Shawn Mendes BEST LOOK
ZAYN BEST NEW
Dua Lipa BEST POP
Camila Cabello BEST VIDEO
Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE. BEST LIVE
Ed Sheeran BEST ELECTRONIC
David Guetta BEST ROCK
Coldplay BEST HIP HOP
Eminem BEST ALTERNATIVE
Thirty Seconds To Mars BIGGEST FANS
Shawn Mendes BEST PUSH
Hailee Steinfeld BEST WORLD STAGE
The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017 FULL PERFORMANCE LIST
Rita Ora – "Your Song," "Anywhere"
Demi Lovato – "Sorry Not Sorry," "Tell Me You Love Me"
Kesha – "Learn to Let Go"
Shawn Mendes – "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
The Killers – "The Man"
Clean Bandit – "Miss You" ft. Julia Michaels, "Symphony" ft. Zara Larsson, "Rockabye" ft. Anne-Marie
Stormzy – "Big For Your Boots"
Camila Cabello - "Havana"
U2 – "Get Out of Your Own Way," remote from Trafalgar Square
Eminem – "Walk on Water" ft. Skylar Grey
French Montana – "Unforgettable" ft. Swae Lee
Travis Scott – "Butterfly Effect"
David Guetta ft. Charli XCX, French Montana –"Dirty Sexy Money"
Liam Payne – "Strip That Down"
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. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVEMA. ENDS ABOUT THE 2017 MTV EMAS
The 2017 MTV EMAs
, in partnership with Smirnoff
, will broadcast LIVE across the globe on Sunday
, 12 November
at 22:00 CAT
from the SSE Arena, Wembley in London, England in partnership with #LondonIsOpen. One of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world, the MTV EMAs bring music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV's global network of more than 60 channels and over 300 digital media properties and platforms.ABOUT MTV
MTV is the world's premiere youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of nearly 785 million households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all platforms.ABOUT VIACOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA NETWORKS AFRICA (VIMN AFRICA)
Multimedia entertainment powerhouse VIMN Africa
offers the most comprehensive international broadcast portfolio on the African continent, reaching more than 100 million viewers across 48 territories in Africa. VIMN Africa
currently comprises 10 separate TV channels and 5 consumer websites, as well as multiple mobile and social media sites. The company's African business interests include content production and distribution; spot sales, 360-degree sponsorships, events, mobile, digital and consumer products.