Mendes, Cabello bag top trophies at the MTV Europe Music Awards
Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran.
The awards ceremony at Wembley Arena, the first to be staged in London in 20 years, were hosted by Rita Ora and featured performances by U2 and David Guetta.
In a first for the EMAs, which were created in 1994, MTV announced categories stripped of gender in a bid to “break barriers”.
Mendes, 19, who launched his career by posting song covers to the internet before getting signed to a record label, also scooped the “biggest fans” award.
He performed the track that won him best song - There’s Nothing Holding Me Back - in front of an electrified crowd.
Eminem, who opened the show by unveiling his new single Walk on Water won for best hip hop artist.
Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was honoured with the best pop prize, while Coldplay snatched the best rock award.
French DJ David Guetta, who performed in front of the youthful crowd, won for best electronic act.
Taylor Swift, who was expected to be one of the big winners of the night with six nominations, failed to win any awards.
The majority of the winners were picked by music fans in an online vote, from 12 categories listed and a further 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions.
Louis Tomlinson, from the boy band One Direction, landed the best UK and Ireland act.
The best video, claimed by US rapper Kendrick Lamar, was one of the few awards to be chosen by the MTV team.
Other big-name winners included Ed Sheeran, for best live act, and Dua Lipa, for best new performer.
Thirty Seconds to Mars were named best alternative.
Irish band U2 collected MTV’s Global Icon gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem.
“U2’s impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous,” said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony.
“For over four decades and counting, they’ve entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe,” he added.
This year saw the MTV Europe Music Awards return to London for the first time since 1996. The awards are held in a different European city each year. Next year’s ceremony will be held in Bilbao, Spain.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes was the big winner after beating stiff competition from Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran
Camila Cabello performed Havana with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beauties around a pool projection
Rapper Travis Scott put on an electric performance of his platinum-selling single, Butterfly Effect as he made his entry atop a robotic fowl on stage
Rita Ora was a chipper host as she took the stage clad in a bathrobe and towel. She kept things moving, changed outfits every few minutes and joshed in video clips with the stars of sitcom People Just Do Nothing
50 dancers backed Demi Lovato as she belted out her hit single Sorry Not Sorry and the title track of her new album, Tell Me You Love Me
US rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars thanked fans in their acceptance as frontman Jared Leto refered to America as the “land of immigrants”
David Guetta with the best electronic act award. The DJ teamed-up with Charli XCX to perform their track Dirty Sexy Money