Shawn Men­des, Eminem among win­ners at MTV EMAs in Lon­don

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LON­DON (AP) – Shawn Men­des beat Tay­lor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sun­day at the MTV EMAs, while U2 were pro­claimed global icons in a show that cel­e­brated Lon­don’s di­verse cul­ture, from pubs to pi­rate ra­dio.

Men­des, the 19-year-old Cana­dian star, also won the best-song 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. Fit­tingly, he also took the prize for best fans.

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 Bey­oncé 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. Sun­day marked the awards’ re­turn to Lon­don for the first time since 1996, and lo­cally bred singer Rita Ora was a suit­ably chip­per host. Tak­ing the stage clad in a bathrobe and towel, she kept things mov­ing, changed out­fits ev­ery few min­utes and gamely joshed in video clips with the stars of pi­rate-ra­dio sit­com “Peo­ple Just Do Noth­ing.”

The show fea­tured plenty of vis­ual daz­zle, from the 50 dancers ac­com­pa­ny­ing Demi Lo­vato on “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell me You Love Me” to the gi­ant an­i­ma­tronic bird car­ry­ing Travis Scott onto the stage.

Singer Camila Ca­bello, who won the best-pop prize, 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.”

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