Men­des, Ca­bello bag top tro­phies at the MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards

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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

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