Global Icon honourees Green Day close show with powerful performance of “American Idiot”
Worlds collided in a spectacle of music and stunning visuals on the 2016 MTV EMAs stage, featuring epic performances that took over Rotterdam. Host Bebe Rexha kicked off the global music celebration as she crashed through the ceiling to start the party, followed by superstar Bruno Mars delivering the first big global performance of his smash single 24K Magic, literally lighting up the stage with his dance moves.
Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were head to head with two wins each before the start of the red carpet, when Beliebers voted in force for Justin Bieber to win the title of Biggest Fans. With this nod added to his Best Song and Best Canadian Act wins, Justin Bieber took home three purple EMAs. MTV turned all the 2016 awards purple as a tribute to the iconic late artist Prince.
Global phenomenon Green Day also returned to the EMAs stage with a vengeance, honoured with the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon. They had an explosive onstage performance of “Bang Bang,” and closed the show just days ahead of the U.S. election with “American Idiot.”
Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe including Shawn Mendes (Canada), Zara Larsson (Sweden), Maluma (Columbia),Wizkid (Nigeria), GOT7 (Korea) and Troye Sivan (Australia) as the Worldwide Act winners. Đông Nhi is the Best Local Act for Southeast Asia.
2016 MTV EMAs: Full Winners List
Best Song: Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Best Video: The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
Best Female: Lady Gaga
Best Male: Shawn Mendes
Best Live: Twenty One Pilots
Best New: Zara Larsson
Best Pop: Fifth Harmony
Best Rock: Coldplay
Best Alternative: Twenty One Pilots
Best Hip Hop: Drake
Best Electronic: Martin Garrix
Best Push: DNCE
Biggest Fans: Justin Bieber
Best Look: Lady Gaga
Best World Stage: Martin Garrix – Isle of MTV, Malta (2015)
Global Icon Award: Green Day
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