Justin Bieber was the big winner at the MTV EMAs 2015. The pop star went home with a five gong hoard, following the ceremony in Milan hosted by a slightly merry Ed Sheeran. Here are the best photos from the night, featuring performances by Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental and more.
Ed Sheeran co-hosted the show with Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose. Despite accusations on Twitter that he was making too much use of the free bar, Sheeran was applauded for his hosting charm. Rose deserves a nod too. The actress brushed off Sheeran’s innuendos with style. “Do you want to play hide the banana,” he asked her at one point. She ignored his advances. Quite right too.
Stood inside a giant black ice claw which slowly opened around her, Ellie Goulding swept through ‘Love Me Like You Do’, her song from the ’50 Shades of Grey’ film soundtrack.
Hat toting folk singer James Bay took to the stage with his band to play breakthrough hit ‘Hold Back the River.’ By the end of the track he’d roused the audience into a sing-a-long, with the crowd chanting along to his “lonely water” chorus like a well behaved school choir.
Ditching his hosting duties for the mic, Sheeran jumped onstage with Rudimental for a smooth version of their ‘Lay It On Me’ collab, taken from Rudimental’s recently released second album ‘We The Generation.’
Duran Duran celebrate their win. The 80s pop maestros collected the show’s first ever Video Visionary Award. A fitting tribute to the band, who rose to fame during MTV’s early years and were one of the first groups to up their video budget, act out story lines and film in exotic locations. So basically, we’re blaming them for Drake’s dance moves and all those wrecking ball memes.
Lowered onstage via a huge pop-up platform, Jason Derulo sported bright red high-tops and showed off his fancy footwork skills, dancing his way through ‘Want To Want Me’ before jumping on a smart scooter and gliding across the stage like an R&B robot.
Dressed in all black, Jess Glynne goes ninja chic for a three track medley of ‘My Love’, ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself.’
Justin Bieber continued his mission to change popular opinion, impressing Beliebers and Non-Beliebers alike with slick choreography and his effortless stage presence throughout a snazzy red and white rendition of his number one hit ‘What Do You Mean?’
Tired from all the dancing, Bieber crawled home with five awards. The biggest winner of the night, the pop star picked up Best Male, Best North American Act, Best collaboration for ‘Where Are You Now?’ with Skrillex and Diplo, Best Look and Biggest Fans (apparently Beliebers have an average height of 6ft 2).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis roped Eric Nally in, or rather up, for their performance of ‘Downtown.’ The hip hop duo also picked up ‘Best Video’ for the track. “I had no idea we were going to win an award,” said Macklemore. “What you guys give to us, we give back to you in the art we make.”
Sheeran and Rose collapse on a sofa at the end of the show. “I think you’re drunk,” Rose told Sheeran, before trying to feed him some pasta.
Pharrell Williams channeled his inner farmyard boy, as he closed the show with ‘Freedom’ surrounded by a troupe of rainbow clad dancers.