Men­des, Eminem win at MTV Europe awards

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

LON­DON — Shawn Men­des beat Tay­lor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the best-artist prize Sun­day at the MTV EMAs, while U2 band mem­bers 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” at the city’s SSE Arena. 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 to per­form the num­ber live, with Sky­lar Gray fill­ing in on the duet du­ties Bey­once per­formed on the record­ing. Eminem was also named best hip-hop artist. “I don’t know how I got this be­cause I haven’t had an al­bum out in a few years,” he said.

Kendrick La­mar won best video for “Hum­ble,” a clip laced with re­li­gious and art-his­tory im­agery.

Cold­play was named best rock act, while the best-al­ter­na­tive prize went to Thirty Sec­onds to Mars.

U2 ded­i­cated the Global Icon award to la­bel boss Chris Black­well of Is­land records, who signed the band al­most 40 years ago.

The awards are held in a dif­fer­ent European city each year; fans across the con­ti­nent choose win­ners.

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Singer-song­writer Shawn Men­des per­forms Sun­day at the MTV EMAs in Lon­don. He won sev­eral awards.

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