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One Direction swept with five awards in total at the 20th annual MTV European Music Awards on Sunday night, winning televised awards as Best Pop, Best Live and Biggest Fans. The members of the group, who weren’t in attendance, thanked the Directioners for their support through a pre-recorded message. The show took place in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ariana Grande kicked off the show with a performance of My Everything singles “Problem” (sans featured guest Iggy Azalea) and “Break Free.”
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After leaving the audience speechless with her vocal prowess, Grande strutted back on stage to accept the award for Best Song for “Problem.”
Host of the night Nicki Minaj made a grand entrance by floating down onto the stage, wearing a two-piece gray ensemble and combat boots.
The night continued, moving to the second performance of the night. Kiesza popped out of a mirrored telephone booth to join a handful of backup dancers for a choreographed set of “Hideaway.”
Charlie XCX kept the crowd hyped with a two-song performance of her singles “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules.”
Katy Perry, who won for Best Look and Best Video (for “Dark Horse”) made a special appearance via a pre-recorded message to her Kitty Kats. Justin Bieber and Linkin Park also thanked fans for their wins via pre-recorded messages. Bieber won for Best Male Artist. Linkin Park won for Best Rock Artist.
Minaj took a break from her hosting duties to accept the award for Best Hip-Hop, beating out Drake, Kanye West, Eminem and Iggy Azalea. After thanking MTV, Young Money/Cash Money, her glam squad and more, Minaj plugged her upcoming third studio album: “I do want to say, after two years I’m releasing my third album, The Pinkprint. I’ll be here next year to perform.”
U2 performed their hit “Every Breaking Wave.”
Beyonce, who wasn’t in attendance, won Best Song with a Message for her emotional “Pretty Hurts.”
“Scotland, I’d like to take you on a journey tonight,” Minaj said before kicking off her three-song set with her top five Billboard hit, “Super Bass.” With Skylar Grey behind the keys and singing the hook, the rapper-singer previewed a new song allegedly titled “Bed of Lies.” The Head Barbz in Charge closed her set with her latest addictive single, “Anaconda.”
Ed Sheeran crooned “Thinking Out Loud,” while acrobatic dancers slid around him.
Enrique Iglesias, who won the award for Best World Stage performance earlier in the night, performed “I’m a Freak” and “Bailando.”
Throughout the show, a large-size dinosaur kept taunting Minaj, which playfully pushed her to curse: “I’m sorry I just cursed, but I’m Nicki Minaj.”
Grande won her second award for Best Female. She thanked her Arianators, especially for DM’ing her the night before when she was too excited to sleep.
5 Seconds of Summer won two back-to-back awards: Best Push and Best New, while Thirty Second to Mars won for Best Alternative.
Alicia Keys, and her baby bump, took to the piano to perform her latest single, “We Are Here.”
Slash, Myles Kennedy and Simon Neil and the Conspirators closed the MTV EMAs with a tribute to the Global Icon, Ozzy Osbourne. Slash honored the legendary Osbourne the Global Icon award earlier in the night.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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