Dua Lipa kicked off the 2019 MTV EMAs with the first global live performance of her new single Don't Start Now, setting the tone for a night where women won out in many of the evening's main categories.
Billie Eilish claimed two gongs – Best Song for Bad Guy and Best New; local favourite Rosalía collected Best Collaboration with J Balvin for Con Altura ft, El Guincho, Halsey won Best Pop and Best Look; Taylor Swift took Best US Act and Best Video for Me! ft. Panic At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie; Nicki Minaj won Best Hip-Hop; FKA Twigs won Best Alternative, Little Mix were named Best UK Act and Ava Max claimed Best Push.
Hosted by Becky G, who also performed, last night's show at the FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre in Seville marked the second time in as many years the EMAs had taken place in Spain following last year's event in Bilbao.
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Rosalía was accompanied by 52 dancers against a pyramid of red chairs for a rendition of Di Mi Nombre, while NCT 127 became the first K-Pop group to play on the global MTV stage, performing Highway to Heaven. Other artists to perform included Halsey, Ava Max, Niall Horan, Mabel and Akon.
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Liam Gallagher accepted the first-ever MTV EMA Rock Icon award in his own inimitable style, quipping: "I want to congratulate MTV for recognising my brilliance." The frontman later closed the show with performances of Why Me? Why Not single Once and the Oasis classic Wonderwall, complete with string instruments and a band containing founding Oasis guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs.
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Green Day, who performed a 70-minute MTV World Stage set at the historic Plaza De Espana on Saturday night, received the Best Rock award. Elsewhere, Shawn Mendes was named Best Artist; BTS won Best Live and Best Fans and Martin Garrix took Best Electronic.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Taylor Swift - Me! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco
Billie Eilish - Bad Guy
Rosalía, J Balvin - Con Altura ft. El Guincho
BEST WORLD STAGE
Muse - Bilbao, Spain 2018
BEST US ACT
BEST UK ACT
Full performance list:
Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now
Mabel - Don’t Call Me Up
Niall Horan - Nice To Meet Ya
Akon feat. Becky G - Como No
Green Day (from MTV World Stage) - Father of All, Basket Case
Halsey - Graveyard
Ava Max - Torn, Sweet But Psycho
Rosalía - Di Mi Nombre
NCT 127 - Highway To Heaven
Becky G - 24/7, Sin Pajama, Mayores
Liam Gallagher - Once, Wonderwall