Shawn Mendes Ends Justin Bieber’s Six Year ‘Best Male’ Streak at MTV EMAs
Although he had beaten longtime fan favorite Bieber, Mendes delighted the Dutch crowd with his heartfelt acceptance speech. After thanking his fans, management and the organizers he said, “It’s my mom’s birthday today so happy birthday mom, I love you.” Despite not winning the coveted accolade for the first time since 2009, Bieber still won the most awards of the night, triumphing in the Biggest Fans, Best Song (“Sorry”) and the Best Canadian Act categories. The other multiple winners were Lady Gaga, who won Best Female and Best Look, rockers Twenty One Pilots who won Best Live Act and Best Alternative, and Dutch DJ Martin Garrix who won the Best World Stage and Best Electronic awards. All the statues given to winners were colored purple in honor of pop icon Prince, who died in April. Home favorite Garrix also helped host Bebe Rexha open the show, performing their hit “Name of Love” directly before the star won his Best Electronic prize. The Weeknd gave a dazzling rendition of his Best Video winning collaboration with Daft Punk, “Starboy” and Global Icon Award winners Green Day performed a virtuoso punk rock set. One of the stories of the night however was those who went home empty handed, with Beyonce, Adele, and Rihanna all failing to bag any prizes. Others who wowed the crowd at the Ahoy Rotterdam convention center were Bruno Mars, DNCE and Kings of Leon. The full list of EMA winners is:
Best Video – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk (“Starboy”) Best New – Zara Larsson Best Female – Lady Gaga Best Male – Shawn Mendes Best Look – Lady Gaga Best Live – Twenty One Pilots Biggest Fans – Justin Bieber Best World Stage – Martin Garrix Best Hip Hop – Drake Best Pop – Fifth Harmony Best Song – Justin Bieber (“Sorry”) Best Push – DNCE Best Electronic – Martin Garrix Best Rock – Coldplay Best Alternative – Twenty One Pilots Global Icon Award – Green Day Best U.S. Act – Ariana Grande Best Canadian Act – Justin Bieber Best U.K. & Ireland Act – Little Mix Best African Act – WizKidAwards were also given out to the most popular acts from selected countries or regions.