NZ's Tapz Wins Best Local Act; Global Music Stars Gather At The MTV EMAs 2017

Monday 13 November 2017

NZ's Tapz Wins Best Local Act; Global Music Stars Gather At The MTV EMAs 2017

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 was 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 honouring the charitable efforts on behalf of all the artists who responded to Grenfell.

Additionally, MTV recognised artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including New Zealand, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia and Japan. Worldwide Act recognises 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.

Tapz is the Best Local Act for New Zealand. At the close of show, Ora announced that the 2018 MTV EMAs would be held in Bilbao, Spain.

Below is the complete list of winners and performances:

BEST SONG
Shawn Mendes - There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

BEST ARTIST
Shawn Mendes

BEST LOOK
Zayn

BEST NEW
Dua Lipa

BEST POP
Camila Cabello

BEST VIDEO
Kendrick Lamar - Humble

BEST LIVE
Ed Sheeran

BEST ELECTRONIC
David Guetta

BEST ROCK
Coldplay

BEST HIP HOP
Eminem

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Thirty Seconds To Mars

BIGGEST FANS
Shawn Mendes

BEST PUSH
Hailee Steinfeld

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
Jessica Mauboy - Australia

BEST LOCAL ACT
Tapz

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'