Taylor Swift has dominated this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, taking home four of the six gongs she applied for – best female artist, best video, best pop and best long-form video.
There were high hopes for some of the British stars eligible for awards – including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Harry Styleswho had led the nominations – Swift emerged as the queen of the MTV EMAs.
tea The 32-year-old megastar – who recently re-recorded some of their earliest hits to regain control of her work – praising her legion of fans (known as the Swifties) as she accepted each award and thanking them for their unwavering support.
Presented with the best artist gong by Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, Swift told the audience of screeching fans, “You have no idea how much it even means to me to do this as a career…
“There’s not a single moment where I take that for granted. I love you so much I can’t believe I’m allowed to do this as a job and it’s all because of you. Thanks alot.”
The annual international music awards, held in Dusseldorf, Germany and hosted by celebrity power couple Rita Ora and Taika Waititi, also saw stars like Nicki Minaj, Muse and Gorillaz take home gongs from 20 gender-neutral categories.
Read more: The full list of MTV EMA winners can be found here
The evening’s performances included Stormzy – who, in a different vein, was making his televised debut with his ballad Fire Babe – as well as live music from Lewis Capaldi, Bebe Rexha and Eurovision-winning Kalush Orchestra.
British TikTok star and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder also added some Eurovision glamor to the night by presenting the Best Collaboration award to French DJ David Guetta and US star Bebe Rexha. Guetta also won best electronic act.
There was even a surprising recorded message from Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise introducing OneRepublic’s Top Gun: Maverick hit I Ain’t Worried.
As her night of wins continued, Swift accepted the award for Best Long Form Video – one of two new categories this year – from singer/songwriter Julian Lennon, son of the late John Lennon.
As she took the stage, Swift once again commended her fans for their continued support, telling them, “You guys are the reason anything ever happened to me.”
She explained, “I’ve been writing and directing my music videos for a long time, but this was the first short film I’ve made and I felt like I learned so much about myself that filmmaking was a natural extension of mine storytelling can be like songwriting.”
Stranger Things star Sadie Sink and Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien starred in the music video, which went viral earlier this year after fans speculated the song was based on Swifts Breakup with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
In addition to the long-form award, Best Video was also required, in which Swift told fans, “That almost never happened,” and went on to explain that it wasn’t a single when she first released the song 10 years ago, and it did have no video.
She continued, “The only way I can explain that is by saying the fans wanted it. I will never stop thanking you for that.”
The video also won the prestigious Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this year.
When he received the best pop award, Swift joked, “You have to wear a lot of sequins and learn choreography, and that’s very hard.”
She has been dominating the charts around the world for the past few weeks after Release of their new album Midnights – the fastest selling album of the year.
Nicky Minaj won the award for Best Song with Super Freaky Girl, along with Best Hip Hop Act.
Despite having the most nominations (seven), ex-One Direction star Harry Styles took home just one award that night – Best Live Performance. He wasn’t there in person to collect his prize.
Best Rock Act went to Muse, who opened the ceremony with their new track Will Of The People.
Refusing to shy away from harsh political truths amid the showbiz night’s glamor, lead singer Matt Bellamy told the MTV audience, “We’d like to dedicate this entire album to the people of Ukraine and the women of Iran who are fighting for their freedom.” , while we celebrate tonight.”
Gorillaz – led by Blur star Damon Albarn – took home best alternative band while Sam Smith videotaped forever.
It was also a good night for K-Pop, with South Korean boy band Seventeen taking Best New Act and Best Push, Blackpink taking Best Metaverse Performance (the night’s second new category) and one of the band members, Lisa, taking Best K-Pop -Act and BTS win the biggest fans.
Best Latin Performer went to Anitta and Best R&B to US star Chloe.
The 2022 MTV EMAs were broadcast live on MTV on Sunday, November 13th. You can watch the full MTV EMA 2022 show on Paramount+ UK from November 14th
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