One Direction win three MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow

10/11/14

One Direction were the big winners at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, picking up three including best pop act.

They also won best live and biggest fans but the boys weren't there to pick up their prizes.

As well as performing, Ariana Grande picked up her first EMA's for best female and best song for Problem.

She thanked her fans and MTV for introducing her to Iggy Azelea who features on the award winning track.

"Last year I was presenting with Iggy (Azealia) and that was the night that I met her," she explained.

"And I feel like, I kind of owe it to the EMAs kind of, because, last year that's where I met and totally, like, fell in love with Iggy."

Ariana Grande
Image caption The awards, founded in 1994, adopted a time-travel theme for its 20th anniversary
Ed Sheeran

The night really belonged to Nicki Minaj, who hosted the awards which were held in Glasgow.

She had numerous outfit changes and showered the crowd with her own currency - Minajes - with people at the front of the stage getting a free drink when the notes were chucked their way.

Minaj told the crowd she "was pretty much Scottish now" before doing a "dope new rap" about the country.

The rapper also performed a medley of Superbass, Anaconda plus a new track Bed of Lies which featured Skylar Gray.

"I wouldn't trade this experience for the world, like, it was so amazing," she said after the show.

"The crowd was on fire all night. I didn't expect the crowd to be that much of an intricate part of, you know, what I was doing.

"But they kept me, they gave me energy, they made me feel great. I just, I can't believe it's done.

"I will remember coming down from all the way up in the air, with that long flowy grey dress, in that harness, that hurt like all hell. But it was all worth it, because when I went on Instagram I saw the pictures and I loved it."

Beyonce didn't appear, despite being widely rumoured, and Calvin Harris had to pull out of opening the show after having a heart scare.

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Image caption Alicia Keys performed at Glasgow's O2 Academy, which was beamed live into the SSE Hydro
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Image caption There were also performances from Enrique Iglesias, Royal Blood and Charli XCX (pictured)

Scottish musicians were out in force to celebrate MTV coming to Glasgow.

Emeli Sande made a rare appearance to present best female to Ariana Grande with Alicia Keys.

Amy Macdonald, Prides and Biffy Clyro were also there.

Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro performed with Slash to pay tribute to Ozzy Osbourne who was named Global Icon.

"I'm in shock, I don't know where they got that from," he told Newsbeat on the red carpet before he accepted his award.

"Sharon told me about it around three months ago and I said what does that mean?

"I mean, there's an award every week for somebody, I don't really know what to say."

Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro performing with Miles Kennedy and Slash
Image caption Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro performed with Miles Kennedy and Slash

Other winners included 5 Seconds of Summer who picked up two including Best New Act, Justin Bieber, who thanked MTV via a video clip for his best male award, while Linkin Park won in the rock category.

Katy Perry collected two including best look, she wasn't there this year but recorded a message in which she thanked her mum and dad for her "look."

Beyoncé won best song with a message for Pretty Hurts but didn't leave a message for the fans who'd voted for her.

So the MTV awards are over for another year and now attention turns to Milan, where the MTV EMA's will take place in 2015 on October 25.

The MTV EMA 2014 winners were as follows:

Best video: Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft. Juicy J

Best alternative: Thirty Seconds to Mars

Best new: 5 Seconds of Summer

Best female: Ariana Grande

Best look: Katy Perry

Worldwide act: Bibi Zhou

Best live: One Direction

Best rock: Linkin Park

Best male: Justin Bieber

Best world stage: Enrique Iglesias

Best song with a message: Beyonce - Pretty Hurts

Best hip-hop: Nicki Minaj

Best pop: One Direction

Best song: Ariana Grande - Problem ft. Iggy Azalea

Biggest fans: One Direction

Best electronic: Calvin Harris

Best push: 5 Seconds of Summer

Global Icon: Ozzy Osbourne

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