HAVANA SINGER CAMILA CABELLO SWEEPS MTV AWARDS
Her chartbuster propels Cubanorigin singer Camila Cabello to the top of the MTV Europe Music Awards list
Singer Camila Cabello swept the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, winning Best Song with her hit Havana as well as Best Artist and Best Video. “This year has been the best of my life,” said the 21year-old Cuban native, at the event held in Bilbao, Spain.
Cabello had opened the show hosted by American actorsinger Hailee Steinfeld with a rendition of her Latininfluenced chartbuster.
She is fresh from winning prestigious prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August — Artist of the Year and Video of the Year — after her album, Camila, reached the top of US charts in January.
The audio version of Havana, which features rapper Young Thug, has had more than 1.3 billion hits on YouTube. Cabello, a former member of the band Fifth Harmony, was also named Best Pop Artist at last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards. Cabello had six nominations; followed by five each for singer Ariana Grande, rapper Post Malone, and Canadian artist Drake; and four for Britain’s Dua Lipa.
With two awards — for Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Look — US rapper Nicki Minaj held her own, making two appearances on stage, with French DJ David Guetta and US singer Jason Derulo.
Dua Lipa won Best Pop Artist, while the US group Panic! at the Disco won Best Alternative Artist and Marshmello snagged Best Electro Artist.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, winner of three prizes in 2017, won Best Live Artist.
US veteran Janet Jackson was crowned a “global icon”, a title previously awarded to U2, Queen, Whitney Houston, and Eminem. Accepting the award, she addressed abused women, saying, “I am one of those women, women who have been gagged both literally and emotionally... I stand with you. You are my sisters.”
Camila Cabello with her awards
Host and singer Hailee Steinfeld on stage
Rapper Nicki Minaj performs at the awards
Little Mix pose with their Best UK & Ireland Award
Singer Janet Jackson
Singer Jason Derulo