Nigerian Davido wins Best African Act and is included in Worldwide Act Award.

The 2017 MTV EMAs opened with Best Hip Hop winner Eminem doing a thrilling orchestra-backed performance, along with guest artist Skylar Grey, of his newly dropped track “Walk on Water,” taking the mic in a London pub before joining the EMA stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Following, the audience saw global pop star and hometown hostess Rita Ora run through London’s streets to get to the show, with UK radio crew Kurupt FM of British sitcom “People Just Do Nothing” and a cameo from the Mayor of London himself.

Proving they’re the biggest band in the world, U2 performed “Get Out Of Your Own Way” from London’s historic Trafalgar Square and was honored with the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon.

Best Pop winner Camila Cabello’s captivating and elaborate musical production featured a hugely choreographed routine that moved through three scenes and incorporated soaring overhead shots, ending in a Havana-style swimming pool.

Liam Payne got hearts racing with a steamy performance of “Strip That Down” featuring dancers in streetwear moving across an LED disco floor, while perched on hydraulics set to a spectacular LED light show.

Bold entrances were the theme for the night with Travis Scott flying in on the back of an animatronic bird over the audience for his performance of “Butterfly Effect,” while Stormzy arrived in a police car for his smash grime track “Big For Your Boots.”

The Killers performed “The Man” via a stripped down, stirring classic rock performance.

Shawn Mendes was crowned Best Artist and rocked his Best Song-winning track “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” in an ever-evolving light box.

Host Rita Ora’s performance featured more than 50 dancers in an over-the-top medley of songs from her new album, “Your Song” and “Anywhere.”

Other artists delivering a mix of fan favorite tracks included Demi Lovato with her performance of “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell Me You Love Me,” and Kesha’s moving rendition of “Learn to Let Go.”

David Guetta closed the show with an electrifying performance of his new single “Dirty, Sexy, Money” with guests French Montana, and Charli XCX.

Later, Rita Ora was presented with the first-ever “MTV EMA Power of Music Award” honoring the charitable efforts on behalf of all the artists who responded to Grenfell.

Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Spain, The Netherlands, Japan and Nigeria. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2017. They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.

Best African Act was awarded to Nigerian music sensation, Davido.

Says Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa & BET International, “This is a proud moment for African talent. Congratulations to Davido for winning the Best African Act and as co-winner of the Worldwide Act at the 2017 MTV EMAs. All our nominees at this year’s awards serve as an inspiration to young artists on the continent. These accolades are indicative of our commitment to elevate and unlock Africa’s collective talent and potential on a global scale.”

At the close of show, Ora announced that the 2018 MTV EMAs would be held in Bilbao, Spain.

Viewers can watch all the entertainment on a rebroadcast of the show on MTV (Channel130 on DStv) today at 14:00 and at 17:30 and 22:00 on Tuesday,14 November.

See complete list of winners and performances below.

FULL LIST OF 2017 MTV EMA WINNERS

BEST AFRICA ACT

Davido – Nigeria

WORLDWIDE ACT WINNERS

Davido – Nigeria

Lil’ Kleine – The Netherlands

  1. Tangana – Spain

BABYMETAL – Japan

ALMA – Finland

Stormzy – UK & Ireland

Lali – Argentina

BEST SONG

Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

BEST ARTIST

Shawn Mendes

BEST LOOK

ZAYN

BEST NEW

Dua Lipa

BEST POP

Camila Cabello

BEST VIDEO

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.

BEST LIVE

Ed Sheeran

BEST ELECTRONIC

David Guetta

BEST ROCK

Coldplay

BEST HIP HOP

Eminem

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Thirty Seconds To Mars

BIGGEST FANS

Shawn Mendes

BEST PUSH

Hailee Steinfeld

BEST WORLD STAGE

The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

FULL PERFORMANCE LIST

Rita Ora – “Your Song,” “Anywhere”

Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me”

Kesha – “Learn to Let Go”

Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

The Killers – “The Man”

Clean Bandit – “Miss You” ft. Julia Michaels, “Symphony” ft. Zara Larsson, “Rockabye” ft. Anne-Marie

Stormzy – “Big For Your Boots”

Camila Cabello – “Havana”

U2 – “Get Out of Your Own Way,” remote from Trafalgar Square

Eminem – “Walk on Water” ft. Skylar Grey

French Montana – “Unforgettable” ft. Swae Lee

Travis Scott – “Butterfly Effect”

David Guetta ft. Charli XCX, French Montana –“Dirty Sexy Money”

Liam Payne – “Strip That Down”

Smirnoff is the official South African broadcast sponsor for the 2017 MTV EMAs.

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