Portuguese Canadian pop singer, Shawn Mendes, won Best Artist prize Sunday at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs), held Sunday at the SSE Arena, in Wembly, London (UK).
Mendes, 19, performed “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” the winner of “Best Song.” also won the “Best Fans” award beating big names such as Drake, Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, French Montana, The Killers and Kesha.
Big winners included Jared Leto whose band 30 Seconds To Mars took home the “Best Alternative” prize, while Irish rockers U2 were given the “Global Icon” honor and Eminem was named “Best Hip-Hop” artist.
Other winners included Camila Cabello, who took the “Best Pop” and rapper Kendrick Lamar won “Best Video” for “Humble.” In addition, the “Best Live Act” went to Ed Sheeran, and “Best Rock” to Coldplay. Dua Lipa scooped the “Best New Artist” award.
Hosted by singer Rita Ora, the MTV/EMAs returned to London for the first time since 1996. The awards are held in a different European city each year, with winners selected by fans across the continent. Next year’s ceremony will be held in Bilbao, Spain.
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. His father, Manuel Mendes, is Portuguese (from the Algarve), and his mother, Karen, is English.