News - 2021 MTV EMAs

The 2021 MTV EMAs returned live from the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary with a global celebration of music for all at the weekend. Here's the full list of winners... 

Press Release

 The epic event, which aired on MTV in 180 countries, featured electrifying performances from today’s hottest stars and honored some of the world’s biggest artists while also celebrating music, love and equality.

Ed Sheeran took Best Artist and Best Song for Bad Habits. Lil Nas X was awarded Best Video for MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),and BTS snagged the most awards with four including Best Pop, Best K-Pop, Best Group, and Biggest Fans.

First-time EMA winners Måneskin took home Best Rock, while show host and performer Saweetie won Best New. Nicki Minaj earned a top award with Best Hip-Hop, Olivia Rodrigo was awarded Best Push, Maluma won Best Latin, and YUNGBLUD snagged the award for Best Alternative. The Best Collaboration award went to Doja Cat ft. SZA for Kiss Me More, while David Guetta nabbed Best Electronic, and Billie Eilish was honored with Video for Good.

Deriving inspiration from the host city’s popular thermal spas and the Danube River, which runs through Budapest, the show was surrounded by water with stages that appeared to be floating. Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran, who earned top awards for Best Artist, and Best Song, opened the night surrounded by neon graffiti to perform a lively rendition of his latest single, Overpass Graffiti. Later in the show, the British singer-songwriter performed his chart-topping hit Shivers.

Best New award recipient and EMA host Saweetie brought the fashion and the funny with unforgettable show moments including basking by a pool with champagne in a palm tree-lined oasis, interacting with Squid Games-inspired soldiers in hot pink suits and MTV-branded masks, chatting virtually with friend and Brazilian singer Anitta, and riding a skateboard. Descending from the sky in a glittery snowflake, she also performed a medley of her hits Best Friend, Tap In and OUT OUT.

Global Latin superstar Maluma and Best Latin winner brought the heat for the world premiere performance of his new single MAMA TETEMA. Tanzanian singer Rayvanny and a team of dancers joined him on stage for the high-energy performance set in a club and featuring rain.

Imagine Dragons returned to the EMAs for the debut of their new single Enemy. Immersed in a flood of laser lights, the best-selling rock band rocked the stage alongside Grammy-nominated rapper and artist J.I.D and a squad of dancers.

With a giant MAMMAMIA sign shooting off pyrotechnics, first-time EMA performers and Best Rock winners Måneskin lit up the stage with a rousing rendition of their hit single MAMMAMIA. The Italian rock band was donned in black and gold with lead singer Damiano David sporting a glittery pair of leather briefs.

Kim Petras made her EMAs debut and EMAs history as the first trans artist to perform at the show. With a giant coconut on the stage and clad in a green latex dress with a black bodysuit underneath, the international pop star brought the sexy and the camp with a medley of two new unreleased songs, Coconuts, and Hit It From The Back. British rising star Griff made her EMA debut performing One Night with a shadow dancer and dancer dressed in a mirror ensemble.

Norwegian, indie pop musician, and MTV PUSH artist, girl in red made her EMA debut performing her hit single Serotonin from her internationally charting debut album, if i could make it go quiet. Initially performing inside a grey house, the beanie-wearing artist went out to get closer to the crowd before the house lifted into the air off the stage.

World Stage headliners OneRepublic performed a lively rendition of their single Run in front of a sold-out crowd at Heroes Square in Budapest complete with a fireworks finale.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and Best Alternative award winner YUNGBLUD closed the night with a high-octane, pyrotechnics-filled performance of his latest single fleabag. During the electrifying show, people fell from the sky, and the stage was trashed by the performer who at one point kissed his bass player. 

The show also featured special appearances by international pop star Rita Ora, supermodel Winnie Harlow, international musician and producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre, international singer-songwriter and actor Olly Alexander (Years & Years), international DJ and producer Joel Corry, and Brazilian star and singer Manu Gavassi.

For the first time, the MTV EMA Generation Change Award winners were recognized during the EMAs main show. This year’s honorees are five young changemakers who are furthering equality and love while fighting against anti-LGBTQ+ policies. Actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore honored the recipients via a taped piece where she spoke about equality.

The winners of this award were:

Amir Ashour (Iraq), founder and chair of the board of IraQueer; 
Matthew Blaise (Nigeria) a non-binary and openly gay activist and founder of The Oasis Project, which supports queer people in Nigeria; 
Sage Dolan-Sandrino (United States) an Afro-Cuban queer and trans woman and the founder of a creative studio and digital magazine, the TEAM Mag; 
Erika Hilton (Brazil) the first Black trans woman ever elected in São Paulo, Brazil, 
and Viktória Radványi (Hungary) a board member of Budapest Pride, Hungary’s first feminist and anti-racist LGBTQ+ NGO, who appeared on stage to accept the award on behalf of the winners, creating a powerful moment of solidarity with the global LGBTQ+ community. 

The MTV EMA Generation Change Award is a part of an expanded partnership between MTV Entertainment (MTVE), a division of ViacomCBS, and All Out, the leading global LGBTQ+ advocacy group, and part of ViacomCBS’ Content for Change initiative.

Additionally, MTV celebrated all the local EMA winners from different regions around the globe from Spain to Latin America, to Hungary and Africa.

FULL LIST OF 2021 MTV EMA WINNERS * indicates winner

Best Artist

Doja Cat
Ed Sheeran*
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Lil Nas X The Weeknd

Best Pop

Doja Cat
Dua Lipa
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Olivia Rodrigo

Best Song

Doja Cat ft. SZA - Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits*
Justin Bieber - Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license
The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber – STAY

Best Video

Doja Cat ft. SZA - Kiss Me More
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
Justin Bieber - Peaches ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon
Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)*
Normani ft. Cardi B - Wild Side
Taylor Swift – willow

Best Collaboration

Black Eyed Peas, Shakira - GIRL LIKE ME
Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
Doja Cat ft. SZA - Kiss Me More*
Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow - INDUSTRY BABY
The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber – STAY
The Weeknd & Ariana Grande - Save Your Tears (Remix)

Best New

Olivia Rodrigo
Rauw Alejandro 

Best Electronic

Calvin Harris
David Guetta*
Joel Corry
Swedish House Mafia

Best Rock

Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Kings Of Leon
The Killers

Best Alternative

Machine Gun Kelly
Twenty One Pilots

Best Latin

Bad Bunny
J. Balvin
Rauw Alejandro

Best Hip Hop

Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Kanye West
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj*

Best K-Pop

Monsta X
NCT 127

Best Group

Imagine Dragons
Jonas Brothers
Little Mix
Silk Sonic

Best Push

girl in red
JC Stewart
JXDN Latto
Madison Beer
Olivia Rodrigo*
Remi Wolf

Biggest Fans

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

Video for Good

Billie Eilish - Your Power*
Demi Lovato - Dancing With The Devil
girl in red – Serotonin
H.E.R. - Fight For You
Harry Styles - Treat People With Kindness
Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

MTV EMA Generation Change Award Winners

Amir Ashour
Matthew Blaise
Sage Dolan-Sandrino
Erika Hilton
Viktória Radványi

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