Worlds collided in a spectacle of music and stunning visuals on the 2016 MTV EMAs stage, featuring epic performances that took over Rotterdam and aired globally yesterday. Host Bebe Rexha kicked off the global music celebration as she crashed through the ceiling to start the party, followed by superstar Bruno Mars delivering the first big global performance of his smash single ‘24K Magic’, literally lighting up the stage with his dance moves and Broods made the Kiwis proud, taking home ‘Best New Zealand Act.’
Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were head to head with two wins each prior to the red carpet, when Beliebers voted in force for Justin Bieber to win the title of ‘Biggest Fans’. With this nod added to his ‘Best Song’ and ‘Best Canadian Act’ wins, Justin Bieber took home three purple EMAs. MTV turned all the 2016 awards purple as a tribute to the iconic late artist Prince.
Global phenomenon Green Day also returned to the MTV EMAs stage with a vengeance, honoured with the night’s prestigious milestone award, ‘Global Icon.’ They had an explosive onstage performance of ‘Bang Bang,’ and closed the show just days ahead of the US election with ‘American Idiot.’
Additionally, MTV recognised artists from around the globe including Troye Sivan (Australia), Shawn Mendes (Canada), Zara Larsson (Sweden), Maluma (Columbia), Wizkid (Nigeria) and GOT7 (Korea) as the ‘Best Worldwide Act’ winners.
See complete list of winners and key moments below:
FULL LIST OF 2016 MTV EMA WINNERS
BEST SONG Justin Bieber - Sorry
BEST VIDEO The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - Starboy
BEST FEMALE Lady Gaga
BEST MALE Shawn Mendes
BEST LIVE Twenty One Pilots
BEST NEW Zara Larsson
BEST POP Fifth Harmony
BEST ROCK Coldplay
BEST ALTERNATIVE Twenty One Pilots
BEST HIP HOP Drake
BEST ELECTRONIC Martin Garrix
BEST PUSH DNCE
BIGGEST FANS Justin Bieber
BEST LOOK SPONSORED BY LISTERINE Lady Gaga
BEST WORLD STAGE Martin Garrix - Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
GLOBAL ICON AWARD Green Day
BEST AUSTRALIANACT Troye Sivan
BEST NEW ZEALANDACT Broods
WORLDWIDE ACT Troye Sivan - Australia Shawn Mendes – Canada Maluma – Columbia GOT7 – Korea Wizkid- Nigeria Zara Larsson – Sweden
ADDITIONAL KEY MOMENTS
Multiplatinum R&B stunner The Weeknd made his EMA stage debut with the first global performance of his smash single 'Starboy'. The performance began in a wildly visual, star-filled dome, which opened to reveal the singer.
Host Bebe Rexha slayed her hosting duties while bringing the live debut of her new single 'I’ve Got U' to the EMAs stage, featuring an adorable faux-fur “U” creature whose eyes followed her every movement. Earlier in the show, she teamed with the world’s no. 1 DJ Martin Garrix for a stirring duet of 'In The Name of Love' with a full string orchestra. She also donned 15 outfit changes throughout the show.
Meanwhile, Kings of Leon rocked the EMA stage, the night after entertaining hundreds of fans at Rotterdam’s Old Luxor Theatre with a rare, exclusive, intimate World Stage concert
Best Push winners DNCE brought the party by performing 'Cake By The Ocean' and 'Body Moves' on a floating platform over the audience, complete with crowd surfers on inflatable donuts, cakes and pizza.
Best Male winner Shawn Mendes wowed the crowd as he emerged from a holographic pyramid, while playing piano for a moving rendition of his hit 'Mercy'. He was also among the Worldwide Act winners.
Best New and one of the Worldwide Act recipients, Zara Larsson, shook the arena with a fierce medley of her massive hits, 'Lush Life' and 'Ain’t My Fault'.
Lukas Graham commanded the stage with a passionate medley of their hits against a glittering backdrop of stars, culminating in a full-on orchestra for their smash ballad '7 Years'.
OneRepublic wowed the audience by performing their new track 'Let’s Hurt Tonight' as rain poured down from the stage, soaking the band while they serenaded fans.
Hometown hero and EMA Music Week Ambassador Afrojack rocked the house with his smash hits 'Gone' and 'Hey'.
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To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
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John Butler Trio announce their return to New Zealand in March to play Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre on Saturday 2 March and an afternoon set outdoors at The Hunting Lodge in Waimauku, Auckland on Sunday 3 March.
British rock royalty Arctic Monkeys have ushered in a spectacular new era with their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and it has now been announced that the band will return to New Zealand for a mammoth arena show in March 2019.
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In celebration of the highly anticipated November release of their fourth studio album Delta,English folk conquerors Mumford & Sons today announced details of a massive 60 date world tour which will include a very special one day event in Auckland this Summer –their first New Zealand show since 2015!
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, Estère teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/Rwandan MC Raiza Biza, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, the Tokoloshe.
If Anika Moa was feeling ready to kick back for the remainder of 2018, then things haven’t really run to plan. In fact it’s about to get a whole lot busier for the multi-talented entertainer with a new album release, tv series and live shows all on the way.
Since achieving international recognition from Rollingstone.com and Billboard.com for hit singles Too Strung Up and Stone Cold, and amassing over 3 million Spotify streams for their releases to date, Alae now unveil All Gived Up.
'Call Me', the latest track by Wellington electro-pop singer and producer Josie Moon made last week's New Music Friday playlists from Spotify Australia/NZ and Japan and influential UK blogger Popjustice.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
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The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedian and actor, Catherine Tate, is bringing The Catherine Tate Show - Live to New Zealand for the first time, with shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch commencing November 28, 2018.
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