Bling ga­lore at MTV’s Europe awards

Sunday Times - - News Justice - with Craig Ja­cobs ja­cobsc@sun­day­

● Who can turn down an of­fer to at­tend one of the world’s blingest mu­sic awards?

Es­pe­cially when you get to shimmy with some of the world’s big­gest stars, in­clud­ing a mu­si­cal le­gend, the self-pro­claimed queen of rap and a white-hel­met-wear­ing DJ re­port­edly worth a cool $21m.

So off I jet­ted last Fri­day to Bil­bao in

Spain for a party-filled week­end end­ing with the 2018 MTV Europe Mu­sic Awards as the guest of the African off­shoot of Vi­a­com In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Net­works. First stop was the con­glom­er­ate’s shindig to show­case its of­fer­ings span­ning not only its chan­nels such as MTV and Com­edy Cen­tral but also movie house Para­mount Pic­tures.

Held at the city’s Euskalduna con­fer­ence cen­tre, I caught up with Alex Okosi, the man be­hind Vi­a­com in Africa, be­fore head­ing to the nearby

San Mames sta­dium where rock band

Muse and sup­port act Crys­tal Fight­ers en­ter­tained us.

The awards were held at the Bil­bao Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre the fol­low­ing af­ter­noon. One of the first to walk the pink­ish red car­pet was Latin glam­our cou­ple Ana Fer­nan­dez and

Adrian Roma, while stomp­ing with­out stop­ping was that enig­matic disc-spin­ner, Marsh­mello, who earns a whop­ping $150,000 a gig and is re­ported to be US artist Chris Com­stock be­hind the mask.

Then there was every plas­tic sur­geon’s dream cast, Brit re­al­ity stars Nathan Henry, So­phie Kasaei and the body­suit-be­daz­zled Chloe Ferry, whose der­riere looks like it’s had a bit of aes­thetic en­hance­ment.

I was still re­cov­er­ing from the Botox over­load when up bolted Hollywood bad gal Lind­say Lo­han, sur­pris­ing a Kiwi re­porter by pro­nounc­ing “I love New Zealand!” be­fore scoot­ing off.

Ac­tor Terry Crews ar­rived with his glamorous wife, Re­becca King-Crews, and rat­tled off his fave Mzansi spots in­clud­ing Sun City and Joburg.

I liked Lind­say’s gold pleated Saint Lau­ren strap­less num­ber, the sil­ver feath­ered and lace gown worn by su­per­model Jour­dan Dunn and the night’s big­gest win­ner, Havana singer Camila Ca­bello’s long princess-like red silk gown. Lo­cally, singer Shekhi­nah made a grand en­trance in a flo­ral jacket-dress (sadly she didn’t walk away with the African Act award – it went to Nige­ria’s Tiwa Sav­age) while I was un­der­whelmed by Na­dia Nakai’s too-long Gert-Jo­han Coet­zee dress.

Best dressed? Dua Lipa’s thigh-high flo­ral play­suit cap­tured the fun of the awards.

On to the ac­tual cer­e­mony, and Nicki Mi­naj de­served her self-ap­pointed ti­tle with a flam­ing open­ing act which took my breath away, while Janet Jack­son proved that, at 52, she still has it. But my fave has to be the scene-steal­ing per­for­mance by Amer­i­can singer Bebe Rexha whose song I’m A Mess is set to be a fix­ture on my sum­mer playlist.

Re­becca King-Crews and Terry Crews

Jour­dan Dunn

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