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