BTS, Lady Gaga and Little Mix dominate MTV EMAs

BTS were the big winners at the 2020 MTV EMAs, taking home four prizes, including best song and best group.

The Korean boyband also won the “biggest fans” category for the third time, overtaking One Direction and Justin Bieber, who have each won twice.

Lady Gaga was named artist of the year, just as she did at the US equivalent of the MTV-branded show in September.

The virtual ceremony was hosted by Little Mix, minus Jesy Nelson, who had to pull out after falling ill.

The 29-year-old was also forced to miss the grand final of the BBC One talent show Little Mix: The Search on Saturday night.

Her bandmates performed new single, Sweet Melody, as a trio; and later picked up the best pop prize.

“We just wish our girl Jesy was here to receive this with us,” said Leigh-Anne Pinnock. “She’d be so happy.”

Singer Jade Thirlwall also poked fun at social distancing regulations, wearing a belt studded with spikes that enforced a two metre perimeter around her at all times.

“I may borrow that when I go to the supermarket,” quipped her bandmate, Perrie Edwards.

They weren’t the only ones to take extra precautions: Alicia Keys performed Love Looks Better with her face completely covered by a gem-encrusted mesh mask.

Alicia Keys travelled through the streets of downtown Los Angeles while playing piano during her performance.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis across, this year’s EMAs featured filmed performances from various locations around Europe – enabling musicians to stage more spectacular performances than they’d have managed in the usual arena setting.

British punk-pop star Yungblud strapped on angel wings and flew around London’s historic Roundhouse venue, while singing his hits Cotton Candy and Strawberry Lipstick.

David Guetta and Raye played on a specially-constructed stage at Budapest’s Széchenyi Bath – bathed in a waterfall of lights.

Their performance marked the fact that the ceremony was originally supposed to be held in Hungary before Covid-19 struck.

Yungblud also won the “push” award for best new artist.
David Guetta and Raye performed the single Let’s Love

Sam Smith played their new song Diamonds in an empty theatre, against a dramatic backdrop of red light and lightning strikes.

The singer, who revealed they were non-binary last year, ended their performance with a stark message about LGBT rights.

The singer’s third album, Love Goes, entered the charts at number two on Friday
Smith has become more vocal about LGBT rights in recent years

US rap star DaBaby used his performance to deliver a message about police brutality and racial justice.

As he started singing the number one hit Rockstar, the rapper was seen being arrested and slammed into the hood of a police car.

Transitioning to the song Blind, he appeared in court defending himself and wrapped up the performance giving a victorious press conference on the steps of the courtroom.

DaBaby received four nominations at the ceremony, but went home empty-handed.

Lewis Hamilton presented the “video for good” award to H.E.R. for I Can’t Breathe – which compiled footage of protests against police brutality and systemic racism from around the world, culminating with a register of the names of people who have been killed, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

“In what’s been an extremely challenging year, it’s great to see that music is still a unifying force,” said the Formula 1 driver, “whether it’s offering hope, solidary and comfort – or powerfully standing up for what’s right.”

The show also included tributes to stars like Chadwick Boseman, Juice WRLD, Popsmoke and Glee actress Naya Rivera, and a montage dedicated to rock legend Eddie Van Halen – “a musician who helped build MTV in its early days”.

Little Mix won the best pop award

DJ Khaled was awarded best video for Popstar, his hit with Drake and Justin Bieber; while Cardi B was named best hip hop, Coldplay won best rock, and Hayley Williams snagged the award for best alternative.

Receiving the best song award for their pop smash Dynamite, BTS thanked their fans, saying: “This means so much for us, because we really wanted to enjoy this song with our fans at this difficult time.”

“We’ve been working hard to be a group that can touch hearts and people and give them hope through music,” added RM.

Pop newcomer Tate McRae performed a tightly-choreographed version of You Broke Me First on a waterlogged stage

The full list of winners is below.

Best Video:

DJ Khaled feat. Drake – Popstar
Billie Eilish – everything i wanted
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
Karol G feat. Nicki Minaj – Tusa
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Taylor Swift – The Man
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Best Artist:

Lady Gaga
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
The Weeknd
Best Song

Best Song:

BTS – Dynamite
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar
Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Roddy Ricch – The Box
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Best Collaboration

Best Collaboration:

Karol G feat. Nicki Minaj – Tusa
BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez – Ice Cream
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch – Rockstar
Justin Bieber feat. Quavo – Intentions
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
Sam Smith, Demi Lovato – I’m Ready
Best Pop

Best Pop:

Little Mix
Dua Lipa
Harry Styles
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Best Group

Best Group:

5 Seconds of Summer
Chloe x Halle
Little Mix

Best New artist

Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Roddy Ricch
Biggest Fans

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift
Best Latin

Best Latin

Karol G
Anuel AA
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Best Rock

Best Rock

Green Day
Liam Gallagher
Pearl Jam
Tame Impala
The Killers
Best Hip Hop

Best Hip Hop

Cardi B
Megan Thee Stallion
Roddy Ricch
Travis Scott
Best Electronic

Best Electronic:

David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers
Best Alternative

Best Alternative:

Hayley Williams
FKA twigs
Machine Gun Kelly
The 1975
twenty one pilots
Video for Good

Video for Good:

H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe
Anderson .Paak – Lockdown
David Guetta & Sia – Let’s Love
Demi Lovato – I Love Me
Jorja Smith – By Any Means
Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture
Best Push

Best Push:

AJ Mitchell
Conan Gray
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Lil Tecca
Tate McRae
Best Virtual Live

Best Virtual Live:

BTS Bang Bang Con – The Live
J Balvin – Behind The Colores Live Experience
Katy Perry @ Tomorrow Land – Around The World
Little Mix – Uncancelled
Maluma – Papi Juancho Live
Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

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