US singer Camila Cabello swept the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, winning best song with her hit “Havana” as well as best artist and best video. “This year has been the best of my life,” the 21-year-old Cuban native said at the event in Bilbao, northern Spain. Cabello had opened the show hosted by American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld with a rendition of her Latin-influenced “Havana”.
She is fresh from winning prestigious prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August-artist of the year and video of the year-after her album “Camila” reached the top of US charts in January. The audio version of “Havana”, which features rapper Young Thug, has had more than 1.3 billion hits on YouTube. The former member of the band Fifth Harmony was also named best pop artist at last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.
Cabello had six nominations, followed by five each for singer Ariana Grande and rapper Post Malone and Canadian artist Drake and Britain’s Dua Lipa with four. With two awards-for best hip hop artist and best look-US rapper Nicki Minaj held her own, making two appearances on stage, with French DJ David Guetta and US singer Jason Derulo. Dua Lipa won best pop artist, while the US group Panic! at the Disco won best alternative artist and Marshmello snagged best electro artist.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, winner of three prizes in 2017, won best live artist. US veteran Janet Jackson was crowned a “global icon”, a title previously awarded to U2, Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Accepting the award, she addressed abused women, saying: “I am one of those women, women who have been gagged both literally and emotionally, women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who have lived in fear.” She added: “I stand with you. You are my sisters.” Created in 1994, the MTV EMA are one of two major shows organized by MTV, with its Video Music Awards held in the United States since 1984.–AFP