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MTV EMA, GLASGOW

At an MTV cocktail party on Saturday night Bob Bakish clarified what the 20th EMA is about. The CEO of Viacom told us to expect an event – not a music concert. That ‘event’ exploded into a high-production extravaganza at Glasgow’s new SSE Hydro arena on Sunday night. Sat Bal (11 Nov’14)

Bob Bakish’s sentiments were made manifest when Ariana Grande (pictured) sailed above our heads singing Break Free  in a futuristic transparent pod at the ‘time-travel’ themed event. The ‘Best Pop’ and ‘Best Female’ winner went on to specifically honoured MTV on a ‘seamless production’ during her award acceptance speech.

Nicki Minaj (below) practically took over the EMA, hosting, performing and going through a dozen or so wardrobe changes throughout the show.  If it was about celebrating the bod then Minaj had a lot to celebrate. She squeezed into, and splurged out of, various costumes, notably when she performed Anaconda and Super Bass in a sheer corset to the delight of the audience.  

 

The hip hop star’s rendition of The Proclaimers’ Walk 500 Miles didn’t quite convince us that she’d been practising her Scottish accent. While she didn’t light up a joint on stage like (allegedly!) Miley Cyrus last year’s EMA host, Minaj did keep the show crackling with a string of F-words that (allegedly) rivalled her wardrobe choices, in number and obscenity!

 

We take up our position on the carpet with international press

 

 

...and see Ed Sheeran who tells us that gigs and a career come before big awards (Pic- Sat Bal)

 

 

Ariana Grande drops by for a pre-show chat  (Pic- Sat Bal) 

 

Admittedly, the show had its share of no-shows – One Direction (three awards including Best Pop),  Katy Perry (Best Look, Best Video) and Beyoncé (Best Song with a message) – but there were plenty of stars to make the quota glitter. Here were some of them… 

 

U2's Bono took things in a more soulful  direction singing new track 'Every Breaking Wave'

 

Slash and Biffy Clyro infused the rock side of the show

 

Sheeran hits the stage

 

While Kiesza makes a call

Ozzy Osbourne is presented with Global Icon award by Slash

 

But the surprise result was Chinese singer Bibi Zhou who beat 1D and 5SOS  to Worldwide Act – a sobering thought for those who decry EMA winners as predictable. Well done Bibi!

 

Then off we headed to the MTV afterparty at Glasgow's The Arches

 

...where Redfoo and his crew held court

 

The Winners at the MTV EMA 2014 were..

Best video: Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft. Juicy J

Best alternative: Thirty Seconds to Mars

Best new: 5 Seconds of Summer

Best female: Ariana Grande

Best look: Katy Perry

Worldwide act: Bibi Zhou

Best live: One Direction

Best rock: Linkin Park

Best male: Justin Bieber

Best world stage: Enrique Iglesias

Best song with a message: Beyonce - Pretty Hurts

Best hip-hop: Nicki Minaj

Best pop: One Direction

Best song: Ariana Grande - Problem ft. Iggy Azalea

Biggest fans: One Direction

Best electronic: Calvin Harris

Best push: 5 Seconds of Summer

Global Icon: Ozzy Osbourne

 NB: Pics by Getty Images (unless otherwise captioned)

 

Thanks Glasgow!

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