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London To Host MTV EMAs

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Look out London - MTV is coming to town. The entertainment giant has just announced that the city will host the 24thannual MTV European Music Awards 2017The EMAs will take place live from The SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 12th November.  Sat Bal

The event, which is famed for bringing together the globe’s most famous musicians, was first held in London in 1996. This will be the sixth time that the UK has hosted the awards show with previous host cities including Edinburgh (2003), Liverpool (2008), Belfast (2011) and Glasgow (2014).

 “London is arguably the world’s musical epicentre and it’s both a huge privilege and opportunity to bring the MTV EMAs 2017 to the UK’s capital city,” commented David LynnCEO of MTV’s international parent company, Viacom International Media Networks. “The EMA creates an incredible buzz wherever it lands it; that will be amplified tenfold in London.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: "After two decades away, the MTV EMAs are returning to electrify the greatest city in the world once again. It promises to be an absolutely incredible evening, featuring some of the globe's top artists and watched by millions.  London is the natural city to host one of the greatest musical shows on earth – with our exceptional musical history, wealth of creative talent and outstanding venues – we're the entertainment capital of the world.  Whether you're a musical superstar, Londoner or visitor to the city – London is Open to entertain you!”

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Laura Whitmore, Ray BLK, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Dave Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Networks and Tinie Tempah at a photocall to announce London as the host city for the 2017 MTV EMA's at MTV London on February 14, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Sadiq Khan; Dave Lynn; Tinie Tempah; Ray BLK; Laura Whitmore

At today's press call, Laura Whitmore, Ray BLK, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Dave Lynn and Tinie Tempah

Bruce Gillmer, who executive produces the MTV EMAs and is EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, MTV International, added: “The MTV EMAs are one of the biggest and most unforgettable nights in music globally.  We anticipate this year’s event in London will be even bigger and louder than ever before.  The city’s incredible musical heritage along with the local fan's robust energy will undoubtedly make this one killer show." 

 

John Drury, VP & General Manager of The SSE Arena, Wembley said“Everyone at the venue and the wider AEG team are delighted that London's first MTV EMAs in 21 years will be at The SSE Arena, Wembley.  It's fitting that the world's leading music brand will be working with one of the world's most iconic venues. Wembley's intimate atmosphere will no doubt help to create more special EMAs moments and we can’t wait to welcome them here.” 

Fans can stay up-to-date with all things EMAs by following the show on InstagramSnapchatTwitter and Facebook and follow the social conversation using #MTVEMA.

See our MTV EMA Milan review here:

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The Chainsmokers Lead Isle of MTV

The Chainsmokers are to headline this year’s Isle of MTV Malta music festival in June with Malta hosting the fun-in-the-sun for the 11th consecutive year. Sat Bal

 

MTV’s announcement sees The Chainsmokers follow global acts including Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Nelly Furtado to top the bill at the annual open-air music festival. The multi-platinum selling duo will perform the closing set at the event on Tuesday 27th June. 

Their debut single #Selfie shot The Chainsmokers into the global charts back in 2014 but their electro-dance compositions reached new heights with their 2016 single Closer which recently broke the record for number of weeks at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mixshow chart, topping the chart 17 weeks running.

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the guys behind The Chainsmokers, left it to their fans to decide whether they were to release an album. Now by public demand, they will release their debut album this year via Columbia / Disruptor Records. Their latest single Paris is out now.

“The Chainsmokers absolutely dominated 2016 & we couldn’t be more excited to have them join us in Malta for Isle of MTV this year.  It’s going to be an amazing, must experience event!”  said Bruce Gillmer, EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, MTV.

MTV’s partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority was recently renewed for a further four years. Isle of MTV Malta will be filmed and edited into a 60-minute special that will broadcast across 20 MTV channels throughout Europe. The show will also be supported across all MTV social media platforms as well as via a bespoke website and this integrated marketing campaign aims to further cement and promote Malta’s position as a holiday destination for young people. MTV reports that the 10-year tenure of Isle of MTV in Malta has increased the number of under-24 age group of visitors to the island by  120% and now accounts for 20% of all tourists.

 

See our 2016 review IOM Malta here:

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Ed Sheeran Tour Announced

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Ed Sheeran springs back into tour action with the announcement of global tour dates for the UK & Ireland, Europe, Mexico and Central & South America.       Abigail Parkin

 The 25-year-old singer’s singles Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill have hit the #1 and #2 spots across the charts worldwide. His global credentials continue in the USA after landing Sheeran secured his first-ever #1 as a performer on the Billboard Hot 100 with Shape Of You -and Castle On The Hill sitting close behind at #6 on the chart making Sheeran the first artist to debut in Billboard's 'Top 10' with two songs simultaneously. 

Keeping it English, the video (view below) for “Castle On The Hill”, which was shot in his native Framlingham, Suffolk, has already reached over 10 million hits after its release on Monday.

 In the UK Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena kicks off the fun on 16-17 April. Then follows Newcastle Arena (19-20 Apr), Manchester Arena (22-23), Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (25-26) Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena (28-29) and London’s 02 Arena on 1-2 May.

Ed Sheeran’s genre-defying third studio album ÷ (divide) will be released on 3 March through Asylum/Atlantic Records (available to pre-order now). 

 

See Castle On The Hill  Ed’s official video here

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Bunga Bunga Launch

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Bunga Bunga Covent Garden launched last night with a headline performance by Sheridan Smith on 12 January. Abigail Parkin

The new live entertainment dining venue hosted guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane who watched Sheridan Smith perform Don't Rain on My Parade and People.

 The event was staged in association with Martini and guests enjoyed cocktails such as Don Silvio Bunga Martini Rubino while rousing performances from the Man in the Balloon took place along with the Champagne Juggler and the Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys.

Sheridan Smith wowed the audience in a gold wrap-around dress, in her first performance since her father passed away last year. Her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattoo, etched down her arm, made its public tribute to him.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and boats a new address. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner of BungaTINI is a secret door to a meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker can expect  some of London’s finest acts. 

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Happy Birthday IOM Malta!

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The 10th anniversary of Isle Of MTV in Malta saw the crowds wowed by Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa, Clean Bandit with a closing set from electro-house giant, Steve Aoki at Valletta’s Il-Fosos Square.  Sat Bal joined the revellers at Tuesday’s celebratory event (29 Jun'16)

Every year, at around this time, the lobby of the luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior falls into a peculiar silence when a particular performer arrives. This time that honour fell to Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang entourage. The rap star left the hotel’s receptionists fawning and guests pointing as he ambled past the spacious check-in area. That’s what a chart-topping single in 95 countries does for you.  

 

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Later at MTV’s press conference (above) Wiz told us what he thought of Malta, particularly the Blue Grotto where he took that now infamous  smokin’ pic of himself: “It’s really tight and you should check it out!”

Bad-boy Wiz pointed out that the prospect of the audience going topless tonight was something we could check out too. "Maltese boobies?" asked Becca, helpfully. "Yeah those!" he beamed.

Moving back to music he also announced the start of his Euro tour and his tour excursions with Snoop Dogg, who was also a past performer at Isle of MTV.

In the background Josh and Mike Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats fame cooked up all manner of tasty nosh as the press call proceeded, tempting Jess Glynne  to a nibble.

On Isle of MTV show day hostess Becca Dudley (more of her later) invited the first of many to hit the stage. Local band Airport Impressions regaled the crowd - 70,000 of them according to Steve Aoki - with their rock and house set.

 

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Becca Dudley puts on a pre-stage pose for us

 

They were followed by UK’s Clean Bandit (below) who roused the audience with hits from the album New Eyes. The singalong with fans also included hits Rather Be and Real Love.  

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Sunset saw Jess Glynne emerge in a black satin two-piece with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself ringing through the al fresco venue. Production values were MTV-high and the stage set shimmered to  tracks including Ain’t Got Far to Go and Hold My Hand. But the real show-stopper was her tribute I Feel For You to the late, great Prince.

 

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The drawls and deep bass lines of Wiz Khalifa then filled the air as he opened with global hit Black and Yellow and later the crowd-pleasing We Dem Boyz with 2011 smash Young, Wild & Free, ending his set.

 

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Of all tonight’s stellar performers we reckon it was DJ/producer Steve Aoki who truly got the crowd collectively buzzed – not least because of his carnival cake-throwing capers. Ten cakes were ‘served’ to splattered fans, signifying the event’s 10th birthday. Sweet, too, was his invitation to an enthralled  fan to join him in his DJ booth.  Snapchatting made Steve as party-inclusive as his tracks from Back 2 U to Can’t Go Home in the pyro and flame lit sky.

 

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Steve Aoki's carnival cake-throwing capers 

 

Judging by the elated crowd reaction this MTV partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority has more than shown its mettle.

 

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MTV staffers living the work and the life.  Seema, Farah and Sharlotte take a bow!

 

It was a fitting 10th birthday close and then it was off to the afterparties to celebrate some more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Living

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New from Aston Martin comes the Art of Living, a meticulously selected events programme that promises “unprecedented access to some of the most exciting experiences on the planet.” Kelly Valla takes a spin (10 Jun’16)

The prestige car maker has rallied around leading specialists across a global range of expertise to ensure that the experiences feel ‘one-off’ and enlightening. Here’s a sample…

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Racing - 24 Hours of Le Mans

17th - 20th June 2016

 

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Get ready for automotive action as the driving teams prepare for the races ahead while you live the experience from trackside. experience.

 

Polo South Downs 

17th - 18th July 2016

Aston Martin Polo

Viscount Cowdray's 16,500-acre spread in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex has been a home to polo for 100 years. Here, you can mingle with the world's most accomplished polo players pre-competition at the Jaeger- LeCoultre Gold Cup. See the action from premium positions in the stand.

The Aston Martin DB11, Italy 

30th July-1st Aug 2016, 1st-3rd Aug, 3rd-5th Aug

 

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The Tuscan roads set the scene for your driving of the all-new Aston Martin DB11. Hone your driving skills, sample exquisite regional gastronomy and relax in a 15th-century villa. Italian living at its finest.

 

New Zealand on Ice

22nd - 28th August 2016 

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We all remember the car battle-on-ice in Die Another Day. Here’s the chance to match thrill with skill as Aston Martin’s experts help boost your driving skills in the unique settings of the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.

 

 

Tokyo Exploration 

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Tokyo’s artisans shine light on the city’s design secrets in tandem with Aston Martin’s own design approaches. Gain access to the closed-door work of renowned architects and designers and then settle down to culinary creativity at Tokyo’s most avant-garde restaurants. Elsewhere, meet the experts currently in the vanguard of technological evolution. Kyoto brings you historic Japan where you can watch the masters use age-old techniques in their workshops to craft  masterpieces.

 

Register at:  https://www.astonmartinartofliving.com/register/

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Tall Storeys at Vogue Festival

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The exacting standards of Vogue magazine saw Neptunus structures supply the temporary venue that housed the recent Vogue Festival 2016 fashion event. Abigail Parkin  (31 May ’16)

Themed around the magazine’s centenary anniversary, the event was staged in partnership with Harrods at ‘Vogue World’ on East Albert Lawn in Kensington Gardens and at The Royal Geographic Society.

Visitors flocked to the venue for two days of all-things-fashion induced by a speaker panel of style luminaries which included Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Christopher Kane and Kim Kardashian West.

Events agency Timebased Events was enlisted to deliver the Vogue Festival brief. The agency has a rich provenance in creating demanding events for glamorous names such as GQ and the (imminent) Glamour Women of the Year awards.

Richard Dodgson, Timebased’s creative director, said: “Neptunus supplied us with an excellent selection of equipment for this event that was all delivered on time and within the budget. We were particularly pleased with the brand new roofs which ensured the event structure looked suitably premium.”

This included a series of temporary structures covering over 1,800 square metres which formed a fashion show catwalk, talk space area, a Green Room, main entrance, production offices and a kitchen. A team of 10 Neptunus’ technicians took just three days to construct the venue.

 

 

 

 

 

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MTV Crashes Coventry

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This was the weekend that MTV was sent to Coventry, bringing with it a host of stars for two days of fun and frolics. (29 May’16)   

 

The city’s Ricoh Arena welcomed stars including Kaiser Chiefs, John Newman and Chase & Status to its stages – and thousands of fans through its doors, for the weekend party.

Basking in sunshine the crowds warmed nicely to DJ Sigala (below) and guest John Newman spurred on by hostess and girl-about-MTV Laura Whitmore.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Sigala performs during 'MTV Crashes Coventry' at Ricoh Arena on May 27, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Sigala

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X Factor star Fleur East wasted no time transforming from backstage…

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...to on stage, pumping out hits including Sax.

 

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Fleur East performs during 'MTV Crashes Coventry' at Ricoh Arena on May 27, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Fleur East

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It then fell to Tom Odell to soothe the pace with his grand piano renditions of Wrong Crowd.

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Who better on this roster than Kaiser Chiefs to up the tempo with I Predict a Riot and Ruby??

 

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs performs live  during 'MTV Crashes Coventry' at Ricoh Arena on May 27, 2016 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images for MTV) *** Local Caption *** Ricky Wilson

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Chase & Status aptly ended the day with End Credits plus more from the hotly received DJs.

Thus ended day 1 with the baton handed over to artists including Basement Jaxx, Kano, Pete Tong and The Chainsmokers for day 2.

Hot on the heels of MTV Crashes, there’s no let-up for the Ricoh Arena as it welcomes Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen to its ever-busy stages.

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Space Out at SGP

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“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally mind-blowing.”  - Arthur C. Clarke. Welcome to the theme of the most surreal, dressy festival known to us.       (4 Apr’16)

Secret Garden Party is set to Sci-fi this summer at its idyllic home in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside with a new festival theme: Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy.’ Revellers can expect an Intergalactic Mermaid School, Laser Wars and robots (of course). Since this is SGP we’ll wager that any aliens encountered will be of the friendliest kind, in continuing its 12-year ethos of festival bonhomie.

This year  SGP’s celebration of the outlandish will see the festival’s creative team launching a quest for the best performers at the event. Auditions will be held in mid-May. For info and applications go to:

http://goo.gl/forms/qYQkQxSGk5

The deadline for applications is 01/05/16

Keep your eye on social media for mood boards.

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Red Carpet at MTV’s EMA in Milan

 

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA)  blasted off in Milan last night and Red Carpet was there to watch it all unfurl. Sat Bal took to the red carpet to interview the talent before the show kicked off in Milan’s vast Mediolanum Forum. (26 Oct’15)

 There’s more content to follow (and check out our Twitter feed!) but here we bring you a round-up of the night’s winners and performances…

Something like 800 million televisions switched on last night to watch host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose present the 2015 MTV EMAs. The night belonged to multiple winner Justin Bieber but performances such as the duet between Italian tenor  Andrea Bocelli and Tori Kelly brought a new resonance to the EMAs this year.

 

 

Our MTV party started with a visit to EMA sponsor Tezenis Underwear’s cocktail party at their flagship Milan store. This was followed by an invitation on Saturday night to watch Duran Duran (above) and Ellie Goulding, below, perform along with Italian singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni. We’re glad we accepted!

 

The performers delivered a rousing party show and special guest Mark Ronson later performed with Duran on stage at the event, part of Milan Music Week World Stage at Piazza Duomo. 

 

The cat the got the cream...Bieber and his awards haul

 

Next day at the main EMA show Justin Bieber raised fan noise levels to a crescendo with his performance of What Do You Mean?, and was the biggest winner of the night with five MTV EMAs. He took home Best Male for a sixth year in a row; won BestLookWorldwide Act: North AmericaBest Collaboration for his work with Skrillex and Diplo on Where Are You Now?; and Beliebers came out in full effect to help him win Biggest Fans in a heated social vote, with One Direction landing in second place.

 

Production was typical MTV high-end and Justin Bieber opened with a cool futuristic Tron-like set

 

Macklemore (below) & Ryan Lewis opened the show with a high-octane performance of their award-winning song Downtown, which featured mopeds, travellators and Eric Nally flying high above the stage.  Later in the night, they won Best Video for Downtown

 

 

 

Host Ed Sheeran was busy throughout the night. Not only did he commandeer proceedings with co-hostRuby Rose, but he joined Rudimental atop a collection of retro radios for a funky collaboration on their hit Lay it All On Me, and took home awards for Best Live Act and Best World Stage.

 

 

Ed Sheeran accepts Best Live Act award

 

Pharrell Williams closed the night with a powerful performance of his hit track Freedom. Afterward, the broadcast cut to Piazza Duomo in central Milan, where thousands of fans held up a massive 23 x 16 metre ‘Freedom’ flag. Incorporating national flags from all over the world, the flag symbolized the birth of a utopian country that knows no borders and kicked off the MTV Freedom campaign, which seeks to raise awareness, activism and donations in support of the current refugee crisis. See freedom.mtvema.com. #EMAfreedom

 

 

 In honour of this year’s host country, legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a breathtaking rendition of his classic Time To Say Goodbye, then joined powerhouse Tori Kelly for a once-in-a-lifetime duet of Pink’s hit song, Just Give Me a Reason.

 

 

 

 

 Nicki Minaj won Best Hip Hop; Best Pop went to One Direction; Rihanna got Best Female; Taylor Swift won Best Song with Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar; and Best Alternative went to Lana Del Rey

Jason Derulo took over the arena with his hit Want To Want Me, as he and his dancers, below, zoomed between all three stages on SwegWays. 

 

 

 Ellie Goulding wowed the crowd as she emerged from a cluster of giant, mirrored crystals (see headline pic) for a glittering performance of her hit Love Me Like You Do.

 

A gladiatorial Ruby Rose helps Ed Sheeran out with hosting duties

 

MTV PUSH artists Jess Glynne and James Bay hit the MTV EMA stage with debut performances. Elsewhere, twenty one pilots and superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Afrojack entertained tens of thousands of fans in central Milan’s Piazza Duomo with a spectacular outdoor MTV EMAs concert. 

Pop heroes Duran Duran were presented with the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award to celebrate their  pioneering work in the music video art form. 

This year’s EMAs was in partnership with Tezenis Underwear and Guitar Hero Live, and broadcast live on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00PM CET.

 

Where to next?

The conclusion of the show also included an exciting announcement: the 2016 MTV EMAs will be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. See you there!

 

 FULL LIST OF 2015 MTV EMA Winners

BEST SONG
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar     Bad Blood

 

BEST POP
One Direction                                                   

 

BEST FEMALE
Rihanna                                                                               

 

BEST MALE                                          
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LIVE ACT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR HERO LIVE ® 
Ed Sheeran

 

BEST NEW ACT                                                  
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                           Downtown

 

BEST ROCK                                                                          
Coldplay                                                                                                                                              

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE                          
Lana Del Rey                                                                    

 

BEST HIP HOP                                    
Nicki Minaj                                                                                                                                         

 

BEST ELECTRONIC                                                            
Martin Garrix                                                    

 

BEST PUSH                                          
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST COLLABORATION
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo                         Where Are You Now?

 

BIGGEST FANS
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LOOK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEZENIS UNDERWEAR
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST WORLD STAGE
Ed Sheeran                                                         V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD

Duran Duran

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: North America

Canada – Justin Bieber

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: LATIN America

Brazil – Anitta

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Europe

Italy – Marco Mengoni

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Africa / India 

Africa – Diamond Platnumz

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Asia 

China – Jane Zhang

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Australia / New Zealand

Australia – 5 Seconds of Summer