BILBAO, Spain – Camila Cabello has been the big winner at the 25th edition of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Sunday, taking four awards out of the six categories for which she was nominated, during a gala show held at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre.
A two-hour show was specially designed for TV broadcast, with advertising breaks included and a potential audience of 450 million homes in more than 170 countries. The artists who performed in the show also enjoyed the thousands of fans flocking to the stage.
The show started with Nicki Minaj, who won the award for Best Hip Hop artist, descending to center stage to perform “Good Form” before joining Little Mix to sing “Woman Like Me,” which warmed up the atmosphere.
The first award of the night was for the Cuban-American singer-songwriter Camila Cabello, who received the Best Artist award from the actors Michael Pena and Diego Luna. Cabello said in Spanish: “as the Spaniards would say, I’m freaking out,” before receiving three more awards during the night, thanks to the song “Havana.”
Then came the time for Janet Jackson, who won the “Global Icon” award in this edition of the EMAs. After that, Bebe Rexha, accompanied by a hundred dancers, emerged from a bathtub to sing “I’m a Mess.”
After receiving recognition as a “Global Icon” for her 40 years musical career, during which she launched eleven albums of which 160 million copies were sold, Janet Jackson addressed the public to raise their voice in support of abused women and claim that gender inequality should not be tolerated. “You are my sisters,” she proclaimed.