Men­des col­lects hard­ware at MTV EMAs in Lon­don

Lethbridge Herald - - TUNES & ENTERTAINMENT - Jill Law­less THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — LON­DON

Shawn Men­des took the prize for best song Sun­day at the MTV EMAs as Rita Ora hosted an en­er­getic Bri­tish-ac­cented awards show in Lon­don. Men­des, the 19-year-old Cana­dian star, won the tro­phy for “There’s Noth­ing Holdin’ Me Back,” to the de­light of fans stand­ing in a po­lite on­stage mosh-pit at the city’s SSE Arena.

Tay­lor Swift and Ed Sheeran were among con­tenders for the best-artist tro­phy at the cer­e­mony, where Ir­ish rock­ers U2 are set to be named global icons.

Swift had nom­i­na­tions in six cat­e­gories at the mu­sic awards, in­clud­ing best artist and best video, for “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Men­des, Kendrick La­mar, Ariana Grande and Mi­ley Cyrus were also nom­i­nated for the firstever best artist prize, which re­places the awards’ pre­vi­ously sep­a­rate male and fe­male artist cat­e­gories.

The show, for­merly known as the MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards, opened with a clip of Eminem per­form­ing his new sin­gle “Walk on Wa­ter” in a Lon­don pub. He then emerged on­stage in jeans and a black hoodie to per­form the slow-burn­ing num­ber live, with Sky­lar Gray fill­ing in on the duet du­ties Bey­once per­formed on the record­ing.

Eminem was also named best hip-hop artist and pro­claimed sur­prise.

“I don’t know how I got this be­cause I haven’t had an al­bum out in a few years,” he said.

The up­beat show, which used bold high-res­o­lu­tion an­i­ma­tion, video and pro­jec­tions to im­pres­sive ef­fect, also had live per­for­mances by for­mer One Di­rec­tion heart­throb Liam Payne and CubanAmer­i­can singer Camila Ca­bello fol­lowed

Ca­bello per­formed “Ha­vana” with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beau­ties around a re­al­is­tic pro­jec­tion of a pool. Lon­don grime artist Stor­mzy ar­rived in a po­lice car and left in a blaze of fire­works af­ter per­form­ing the rous­ing “Big For Your Boots.”

U2, who played an MTVspon­sored con­cert in Lon­don’s Trafal­gar Square on Satur­day, was due to re­ceive the Global Icon award. The band thrilled sev­eral thou­sand fans with a mix of new tunes and clas­sic hits at the out­door show.

U2 paid trib­ute Satur­day to the 22 peo­ple killed by a bomber at Manch­ester Arena in May, and Bono sent out a mes­sage of unity, say­ing: “We need each other, and we have much more in com­mon than what di­vides us.”

The awards are held in a dif­fer­ent European city each year, with win­ners se­lected by fans across the con­ti­nent.

They were last held in Lon­don in 1996.

Associated Press photo

Singer Shawn Men­des poses for pho­tog­ra­phers with his awards for Best Song and Best Artist back­stage at the MTV European Mu­sic Awards 2017 in Lon­don, Sun­day.

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