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In 2018, the MTV EMAs were held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Barakaldo, near Bilbao, Spain.

This was the third time that Spain has hosted the awards show.

The nominations for the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards were announced on Thursday, October 4, 2018 (see below).

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Hailee Steinfeld hosts the 2018 EMAs.

Leading the pack this year was US singer Camila Cabello who is nominated in six categories including best song, best video and best artist.

Other top nominees included Ariana Grande and rapper Post Malone with five nominations, followed by Canadian artist Drake and Britain's Dua Lipa with four. Canadian singer Shawn Mendes was nominated for three awards this year.

For the first time ever the host and performer for the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards was Hailee Steinfeld. Star of the Bumblebee movie, Hailee was also a nominee for Best Pop this year.

Heading the list of performances was the recipient of the Global Icon Award, legendary superstar Janet Jackson.

Opening the show was Nicki Minaj & Little Mix. Other live performances on awards night included Halsey, Rosalia, and Alessia Cara who made their EMA debuts. More performances were given by Marshmello with Anne-Marie amd Bastille, Jack & Jack, Muse, Panic! At The Disco, Little Mix, Bebe Rexha, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo.

The lineup of presenters included actors Michael Peña, Diego Luna, Lindsay Lohan, Anitta, former Disney star Debby Ryan, Ashlee Simpson, and Evan Ross, Jourdan Dunn, and Terry Crews.

New this year? For the first time ever the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards presented the MTV EMA Generation Change Award. The inaugural lineup of nominees included Xiuhtezcati “X” Martinez (USA) Sonita Alizadeh (Afghanistan), Mohamed Al Jounde (Lebanon), Hauwa Ojeifo (Nigeria), and Ellen Jones (UK). Each young award winner was honored for their work to bring awareness to environmental, health and human rights issues.

Just up ahead, check out the complete list of big winners at this year's MTV EMAs!



2018 lead nominee Camila Cabello was the night's big winner.


DID YOU KNOW? MTV EMA fun facts

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Miley Cyrus lights up at the EMAs in 2013.

• Record holders for most career EMA wins include Justin Bieber with 20, followed by Eminem with 15, and Lady Gaga with 10.

• Metallica caused a backstage uproar at the 1996 EMAs when they performed the songs "So What?" instead of their scheduled single, "King Nothing". The expletive-laden "So What?" was heard unedited during the live telecast, but was deleted in all later rebroadcasts.

• The most dazzling entrance ever at the EMAs happened during the show in 2000, when Jennifer Lopez entered the stage from the ceiling in a specially built plane to perform "Love Don't Cost a Thing".

• Despite winning the award for Best Hip-Hop at the 2006 awards, Kanye West was so disappointed at not winning for Best Video that he crashed the stage in protest. A tirade quickly followed in which Kanye said he should have won the prize for his video "Touch the Sky" because it "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it. I was jumping across canyons!"

• More controversy erupted at the 2013 EMAs when Miley Cyrus appeared to light up a joint on stage after accepting the Best Video Award for "Wrecking Ball".

Sean Cosgrave is a frequent editorial contributor to Chiff.com.


2018 MTV Europe Music Award Nominees & * Winners

BEST ARTIST
* Camila Cabello
Ariana Grande
Drake
Dua Lipa
Post Malone

BEST VIDEO
* Camila Cabello: "Havana ft. Young Thug"
Ariana Grande: "no tears left to cry"
Childish Gambino: "This Is America"
Lil Dicky: "Freaky Friday ft. Chris Brown"
The Carters: "APES**T"

BEST SONG
* Camila Cabello: "Havana ft. Young Thug"
Ariana Grande: "no tears left to cry"
Bebe Rexha: "Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line"
Drake: "God's Plan"
Post Malone: "rockstar ft. 21 Savage"

BEST POP ARTIST
* Dua Lipa
Camila Cabello
Ariana Grande
Hailee Steinfeld
Shawn Mendes

BEST NEW ARTIST
* Cardi B
Anne-Marie
Bazzi
Hayley Kiyoko
Jessie Reyez

BEST LOOK
* Nicki Minaj
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Migos
Post Malone

BEST HIP HOP ARTIST
* Nicki Minaj
Drake
Eminem
Migos
Travis Scott

BEST LIVE
* Shawn Mendes
Ed Sheeran
Muse
P!nk
The Carters

BEST ROCK
* 5 Seconds Of Summer

Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Muse
U2

BEST ALTERNATIVE
* Panic! At The Disco
Fall Out Boy
The 1975
Thirty Seconds To Mars
twenty one pilots

BEST ELECTRONIC ARTIST
* Marshmello
Calvin Harris
David Guetta
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

BIGGEST FANS
* BTS

Camila Cabello
Selena Gomez
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

BEST WORLD STAGE
* Alessia Cara: MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018
Clean Bandit: MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017
Charli XCX: MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017
David Guetta: Trafalgar Square, UK 2017
Jason Derulo: Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Post Malone: Wireless Festival, UK 2018
Migos: Wireless Festival, UK 2018
J Cole: Wireless Festival, UK 2018
Nick Jonas: MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

BEST PUSH
* Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)
PRETTYMUCH (October 2017)
Why Don't We (November 2017 )
Bishop Briggs (January 2018)
Superorganism (February 2018)
Jessie Reyez (March 2018)
Hayley Kiyoko (April 2018)
Lil Xan (May 2018)
Sigrid (June 2018)
Chloe x Halle (July 2018)
Bazzi (August 2018)
Jorja Smith (September 2018)

BEST US ACT
* Cabello
Ariana Grande
Cardi B
Imagine Dragons
Post Malone

BEST CANADIAN ACT
* Shawn Mendes
Alessia Cara
Arcade Fire
Drake
The Weeknd

MTV EMA GENERATION CHANGE AWARD (Winner will be announced in November)
Xiuhtezcati “X” Martinez (USA) #MTVEMA #GenerationEarthGuardians
Sonita Alizadeh (Afghanistan) #MTVEMA #GenerationEndChildMarriage
Mohamed Al Jounde (Lebanon) #MTVEMA #GenerationRefugeeRights 
Hauwa Ojeifo (Nigeria) #MTVEMA #GenerationSafe
Ellen Jones (UK) #MTVEMA #GenerationInclusion



MTV EMAs on the Web


Elsewhere around the Web, surf around for related news and updates, the complete list of nominees & winners, background info on past EMA presentations, plus pictures and red carpet appearances by the world's top pop and rock stars...

EMA - The official site of the Europe Music Awards with official online voting, nominees and winners, pictures, video clips, news & updates.

MTV Europe Music Awards - Good overview from Wikipedia with a list of EMA awards hosts and cities dating back to 1994, plus complete winner lists from recent years.

 

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