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The 2017 MTV EMAs opened with Best Hip Hop winner Eminem doing a thrilling orchestra-backed performance, along with guest artist Skylar Grey, of his newly dropped track “Walk on Water,” taking the mic in a London pub before joining the EMA stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley.


Following, the audience saw global pop star and hometown hostess Rita Ora run through London’s streets to get to the show, with UK radio crew Kurupt FM of British sitcom “People Just Do Nothing” and a cameo from the Mayor of London himself.


Proving they’re the biggest band in the world, U2 performed “Get Out Of Your Own Way” from London’s historic Trafalgar Square and was honored with the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon.


Best Pop winner Camila Cabello’s captivating and elaborate musical production featured a hugely choreographed routine that moved through three scenes and incorporated soaring overhead shots, ending in a Havana-style swimming pool.


Liam Payne got hearts racing with a steamy performance of “Strip That Down” featuring dancers in streetwear moving across an LED disco floor, while perched on hydraulics set to a spectacular LED light  show.


Bold entrances were the theme for the night with Travis Scott flying in on the back of an animatronic bird over the audience for his performance of “Butterfly Effect,” while Stormzy arrived in a police car for his smash grime track “Big For Your Boots.”


The Killers performed “The Man” via a stripped down, stirring classic rock performance.


Shawn Mendes was crowned Best Artist and rocked his Best Song-winning track “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” in an ever-evolving light box.


Host Rita Ora’s performance featured more than 50 dancers in an over-the-top medley of songs from her new album, “Your Song” and “Anywhere.”


Other artists delivering a mix of fan favorite tracks included Demi Lovato with her performance of “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell Me You Love Me,” and Kesha’s moving rendition of “Learn to Let Go.”


David Guetta closed the show with an electrifying performance of his new single “Dirty, Sexy, Money” with guests French Montana, and Charli XCX.


Later, Rita Ora was presented with the first-ever “MTV EMA Power of Music Award” honoring the charitable efforts on behalf of all the artists who responded to Grenfell.


Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Spain, The Netherlands, Japan and Nigeria. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2017.  They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.


At the close of show, Ora announced that the 2018 MTV EMAs would be held in Bilbao, Spain.


See complete list of winners and performances below.




Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back



Shawn Mendes






Dua Lipa



Camila Cabello



Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.



Ed Sheeran



David Guetta









Thirty Seconds To Mars



Shawn Mendes



Hailee Steinfeld



The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017



Rita Ora – “Your Song,” “Anywhere”

Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me”

Kesha – “Learn to Let Go”

Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

The Killers – “The Man”

Clean Bandit – “Miss You” ft. Julia Michaels, “Symphony” ft. Zara Larsson, “Rockabye” ft. Anne-Marie

Stormzy – “Big For Your Boots”

Camila Cabello – “Havana”

U2 – “Get Out of Your Own Way,” remote from Trafalgar Square

Eminem – “Walk on Water” ft. Skylar Grey

French Montana – “Unforgettable” ft. Swae Lee

Travis Scott – “Butterfly Effect”

David Guetta ft. Charli XCX, French Montana –“Dirty Sexy Money”

Liam Payne – “Strip That Down”



Lil’ Kleine – The Netherlands

  1. Tangana – Spain

BabyMetal – Japan

ALMA – Finland

DaVido – Nigeria

Stormzy – UK & Ireland

Lali – Argentina


Worldwide Act category language:

Worldwide Act recognises those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2017.  They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.




Best UK & Ireland Act – Louis Tomlinson


Best Spanish Act – Miguel Bosé


Best Swiss Act – Mimiks


Best Swedish Act – Zara Larsson


Best MTV Russia Act – Ivan Dorn


Best Portuguese Act – Overule


Best Norwegian Act – Alan Walker


Best New Zealand Act – TAPZ


Best Polish Act – Dawid Kwiatkowski


Best LatAm Central Act – J Balvin


Best LatAm South Act – Lali


Best LatAm North Act – Mon Laferte


Best Dutch Act – Lil’ Kleine


Best Japan Act – BABYMETAL


Best Italian Act – Ermal Meta


Best Israeli Act – Noa Kirel


Best German Act – Wincent Weiss


Best Greater China Act – Huo Zun


Best India Act – Hard Kaur


Best Brasilian Act – Anitta


Best Danish Act – Christopher


Best French Act – Amir


Best Australian Act – Jessica Mauboy


Best Adria Act – Nicim Izazvan


Best African Act – DaVido


Best Hungarian Act – Magdolna Rúzsa


Best US Act – Fifth Harmony


Best Finnish Act – ALMA


Best Belgian Act – Loic Noittet


Best Canadian Act – Shawn Mendes


Best Korea Act – GFRIEND


Best SE Asia Act – James Reid



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