Shawn Mendes beat Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to win the prestigious best artist at the recently held MTV EMAs in London. Sharing the glory were also US which took home the Global Icons at the show which celebrates London's pop culture ranging from pubs to pirate radio shacks.
Mendes, the 19-year-old Canadian star, also won the best-song trophy for “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” to the delight of fans standing in a polite onstage mosh-pit at the city’s SSE Arena. Fittingly, he also took the prize for best fans.
Sunday marked the awards’ return to London for the first time since 1996, and local celebrity singer Rita Ora was a suitably chipper host. Taking the stage clad in a bathrobe and towel, she kept things moving, changed outfits every few minutes and gamely joshed in video clips with the stars of pirate-radio sitcom “People Just Do Nothing.”
The show featured plenty of visual dazzle, from the 50 dancers accompanying Demi Lovato on “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell me You Love Me” to the giant animatronic bird carrying Travis Scott onto the stage.
Singer Camila Cabello, who won the best-pop prize, performed “Havana” with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beauties, staged around a realistic virtual projection of a pool. London grime artist Stormzy arrived in a police car and after performing the rousing “Big For Your Boots left with a trailing blaze of fireworks, well defining the energy of the evening.