HA­VANA SINGER CAMILA CA­BELLO SWEEPS MTV AWARDS

Her chart­buster pro­pels Cuban­ori­gin singer Camila Ca­bello to the top of the MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards list

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Singer Camila Ca­bello swept the MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards on Sun­day, win­ning Best Song with her hit Ha­vana as well as Best Artist and Best Video. “This year has been the best of my life,” said the 21year-old Cuban na­tive, at the event held in Bil­bao, Spain.

Ca­bello had opened the show hosted by Amer­i­can ac­torsinger Hailee Ste­in­feld with a ren­di­tion of her La­tin­in­flu­enced chart­buster.

She is fresh from win­ning pres­ti­gious prizes at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards in Au­gust — Artist of the Year and Video of the Year — af­ter her al­bum, Camila, reached the top of US charts in Jan­uary.

The au­dio ver­sion of Ha­vana, which fea­tures rap­per Young Thug, has had more than 1.3 bil­lion hits on YouTube. Ca­bello, a for­mer mem­ber of the band Fifth Har­mony, was also named Best Pop Artist at last year’s MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards. Ca­bello had six nom­i­na­tions; fol­lowed by five each for singer Ari­ana Grande, rap­per Post Mal­one, and Cana­dian artist Drake; and four for Bri­tain’s Dua Lipa.

With two awards — for Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Look — US rap­per Nicki Mi­naj held her own, mak­ing two ap­pear­ances on stage, with French DJ David Guetta and US singer Ja­son Derulo.

Dua Lipa won Best Pop Artist, while the US group Panic! at the Disco won Best Al­ter­na­tive Artist and Marsh­mello snagged Best Elec­tro Artist.

Cana­dian singer Shawn Men­des, win­ner of three prizes in 2017, won Best Live Artist.

US vet­eran Janet Jack­son was crowned a “global icon”, a ti­tle pre­vi­ously awarded to U2, Queen, Whit­ney Hous­ton, and Eminem. Ac­cept­ing the award, she ad­dressed abused women, say­ing, “I am one of those women, women who have been gagged both lit­er­ally and emo­tion­ally... I stand with you. You are my sis­ters.” AFP

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Camila Ca­bello with her awards

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Host and singer Hailee Ste­in­feld on stage

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Rap­per Nicki Mi­naj per­forms at the awards

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Lit­tle Mix pose with their Best UK& Ire­land Award

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Singer Janet Jack­son

Singer Ja­son Derulo

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