NEW YORK/BILBAO—OCT. 19, 2018 –MTV today revealed a set of badass females leading the “2018 MTV EMA” lineup: Global superstar Nicki Minaj, multi-platinum superstar Halsey and Spanish sensation Rosalía are the first performer names announced for the global music celebration airing live from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 9:00pm CET.


MTV also named its first presenters for the big night: actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna from the new upcoming Netflix crime drama “Narcos: Mexico.”


Minaj returns to the EMA stage with two nominations this year, “Best Hip Hop” and “Best Look,”  after hosting the “2014 MTV EMAs” in Glasgow. This marks Halsey and Rosalía’s EMA stage debut, with Rosalía securing a nod for “Best Spanish Act.”


The undisputed reigning queen of hip hop, Nicki Minaj released her platinum selling highly anticipated fourth studio album “Queen” in August, her first album in four years, including hit singles “Barbie Tingz”, “Chun-Li” and “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande.


Halsey’s EMA performance announcement follows the release of her new single “Without Me,” Halsey’s first new solo music since 2017’s Billboard 200 number 1, platinum album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Halsey’s world tour recently wrapped up with two sold-out shows in London.”


Rosalía’s EMA set comes on the heels of the Latin Grammy-nominated artist’s new album drop, El Mal Querer. The video for her first single off the album, “Malamente,” clocked 20 million views in just three months.

Additional performers and presenters to be announced.

The full list of “2018 MTV EMA” nominees is available here.

Official sponsors of the “2018 MTV EMAs” is the movie Overlord.

Voting is now open at until November 3rd at 11:59pm CET at

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The 2018 MTV EMAs, in partnership with the movie Overlordwill broadcast LIVE on Sunday, 4th November at 9pm CET from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. One of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world, the MTV EMAs bring music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV’s global network in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms. Follow @MTVEMA on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (@MTVEMA) and Instagram, and join the conversation with #MTVEMA. Bruce Gillmer and Richard Godfrey are Executive Producers for the 2018 MTV EMAs. Debbie Phillips and Ceire Deery are Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. For MTV EMA news, updates and press materials please visit

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