Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Shawn Mendes wins best artist at MTV Europe Music Awards

The single catapulted from number 75 to number 1 in the United Kingdom after the video's release, becoming Dua Lipa's first chart-topping song in the United Kingdom and the first song in nearly two years by a female solo artist to reach the top since "Hello" by Adele in 2015.

Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran.

The MTV Europe Music Awards air tonight at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London. British singer and actress Rita Ora took charge of the ceremony and also turned in a popular stage performance.

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Her performance followed Liam Payne, who sang his hit Strip That Down, following on from show opener Eminem, who performed his new track Walk on Water.

Singer Camila Cabello, who won the best-pop prize, performed "Havana" with a troupe of dancers dressed as bathing beauties around a realistic projection of a pool. Lovato, Mendes and Charli XCX are all performing.

The best video, claimed by U.S. rapper Kendrick Lamar, was one of the few awards to be chosen by the MTV team.

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Eminem was also named best hip-hop artist, and proclaimed surprise.

The awards are held in a different European city each year, with winners selected by fans across the continent.

U2, recipients of the global icon award on the night, performed "Get Out of Your Own Way" from Trafalgar Square.

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