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
Justin Bieber - Sorry
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - Starboy
Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots
BEST HIP HOP
BEST LOOK SPONSORED BY LISTERINE
BEST WORLD STAGE
Martin Garrix - Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
GLOBAL ICON AWARD
BEST NEW ZEALANDACT
Troye Sivan - Australia
Shawn Mendes – Canada
Maluma – Columbia
GOT7 – Korea
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'.