Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, popular Nigerian artiste DaVido and Dutch rapper Lil’ Kleine were the biggest winners at the 24th annual MTV European Music Awards (EMAs), held recently at the SSE Arena in London.
Eminem, who picked up the ‘Best Hip-Hop’ award and the UK’s Stormzy, performed at the ceremony hosted by Rita Ora. There were also performances by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.
Shawn Mendes was presented with not less than four prizes including awards in the ‘Best Artist’, ‘Best Canadian Act’ and ‘Biggest Fans’ categories. The teenager was also the winner of the ‘Best Song’ award for There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.
Pere crooner DaVido picked up the award for ‘Best African Act’, as well as, ‘Best Worldwide Act’ prize. Similarly, actor and rapper Lil’ Kleine (from the Netherlands) won the ‘Best Dutch Act’ and ‘Best Worldwide Act’ awards.
Other winners include America’s sweetheart Camila Cabello (‘Best Pop’), Coldplay (‘Best Rock’), Fifth Harmony (‘Best US Act’), Ed Sheeran (‘Best Live Act’), Anitta (‘Best Brazilian Act’) and Dua Lipa (‘Best New Act’).
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar won in the ‘Best Video’ category, while Zayn Malik picked up the ‘Best Look’ award. Taylor Swift had six nominations but did not leave with any award. However, the ‘Global Icon Award’ went to U2.
Evidently, DaVido could not contain his excitement in a series of social media posts. After he was presented with the ‘Best Worldwide Act’ award, he posted an image with the following caption in upper case letters “AHHH ANOTHER 1!!!! 2 EMA’S !!!! THIS SHIT EMOTIONAL !!! SAY HELLO TO MTV EMA’S 2017 BEST AFRICAN ACT AND BEST WORLDWIDE ACT”.
The official website of the MTV EMAs says the awards are “about the fans just as much as they are about their favorite artists.” adding that “Fans determine the night’s winners by voting for their favorite artists in the weeks leading up to the show”.
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