EMINEM MAKES GRAND RETURN TO THE STAGE WITH WORLD PERFORMANCE DEBUT OF HIS NEW SINGLE “WALK ON WATER” ; GLOBAL ICON HONOREES U2 ROCK LONDON’S ICONIC TRAFALGAR SQUARE ; JAMES REID NAMED 2017 MTV EMAS “BEST SOUTHEAST ASIA” ACT
13 NOVEMBER 2017, SINGAPORE
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 they were honored with the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon. Closer to home, James Reid emerged as the winner in “Best Southeast Asia Act” category, voted by fans on the 2017 MTV EMA website.
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 they were 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 such as Greater China, Korea and Japan. 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.
THE MTV EMAS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Closer to home, James Reid emerged as the winner in the “Best Southeast Asia Act” category, voted by fans on the 2017 MTV EMA website. James received the highest number of votes to beat the competition, which included Faizal Tahir (Malaysia), Dam Vinh Hung (Vietnam), Isyana Sarasvati (Indonesia), Slot Machine (Thailand), The Sam Willows (Singapore) and Palitchoke Ayanaputra (Thailand).
“Thank you MTV for awarding me Best Southeast Asian Act. It is such an honor to be representing the Philippines and with this recognition, I will keep on making music and bring the Philippines to the world stage.” said James Reid.
View his video message HERE.
“Big congratulations to James Reid on his MTV EMA win! This year’s MTV EMAs Best Southeast Asia Act again placed the spotlight on some fantastic regional talent. The outpouring of fan support in voting for hometown acts has been tremendous. I hope this kind of international recognition spurs on an already inspired local music scene. We stay excited about artists from our corner of the globe taking music from Southeast Asia to the world”, said Abhishek Rao, Brand Head, MTV South East Asia and Creative Lead Asia, Viacom International Media Networks.
The other Best Local Acts in Asia include:
- BEST JAPAN ACT – BABYMETAL
- BEST KOREA ACT – GFriend
- BEST MAINLAND CHINA/ HONG KONG/ TAIWAN ACT – Huo Zun
The 2017 MTV EMAs aired live today on MTV Asia on Monday, 13 November: Red Carpet (2am WIB, 3am MY/SG) and Main Show (3am WIB, 4am MY/SG). The repeat telecast airs on the same day: Red Carpet (6pm WIB, 7pm MY/SG) and Main Show (7pm WIB, 8pm MY/SG).
Additional encore telecasts of the 2017 MTV EMAs are:
- Tuesday, 14 November at 12am, 1pm and 7pm (MY), 11am and 5pm (WIB), 12pm and 6pm (SG)
- Wednesday, 15 November at 3.30pm and 9pm (WIB), 4.30pm and 10pm (SG), 5.30pm and 11pm (MY)
- Thursday, 16 November at 1pm (WIB), 2pm (SG), 3pm (MY)
Live Twitter Chat
Fans in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand can join the global social dialogue using #MTVEMA on the show day. Selected tweets will go on-air* during the same-day encore telecast at 7pm (WIB) or 8pm (MY/PH/SG). Those with the best tweets stand a chance to win limited edition MTV EMA merchandise!
*For the tweets to be displayed on-air, it has to be in English.
MTV x Manhattan Fish Market
Available only during this season of music celebration until 20 November, consumers can savor quintessential British flavor with the MTV EMA-ZZZing Fish & Chips special at the Manhattan Fish Market. The fish & chips set for two includes Cherry Snapper fish and root beer drinks at $24 nett during all operation hours. The special offer* is available for both in-restaurant dining and delivery via FoodPanda and Deliveroo.
*Only applicable in Singapore. Terms and conditions apply.
At the close of show, Ora announced that the 2018 MTV EMAs would be held in Bilbao, Spain.
See complete list of winners and performances below.
FULL LIST OF 2017 MTV EMA WINNERS
Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
BEST HIP HOP
Thirty Seconds To Mars
BEST WORLD STAGE
The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
WORLDWIDE ACT WINNERS
Lil’ Kleine – The Netherlands
C. Tangana – Spain
BABYMETAL – Japan
ALMA – Finland
DaVido – Nigeria
Stormzy – UK & Ireland
Lali – Argentina
BEST SOUTHEAST ASIA ACT
View the full winners list HERE.
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”