Monday, November 10, 2014
The show kicked-off by transporting viewers back to 1994, where a young Nicki Minaj watched the first-ever MTV EMA from her bedroom before traveling into the future, making a grand entrance into the 2014 MTV EMA in a frilled ball gown and sequined bra . "Her Royal Minajesty" truly commandeered the evening, taking home the award for Best Hip Hop, and even giving the audience a show-stopping, jaw-dropping blend of her biggest hits including 'Super Bass', 'Anaconda' and a global debut performance of her new track 'Bed of Lies', which featured a surprise appearance by Skylar Grey. The host also made it rain, telling the Glasgow crowd, "it's my round!" before showering them with enough "Minaj money" for 1,000 free drinks.
One of the greatest rock bands of all time, U2 took to the MTV EMA stage for a fourth time with a poignant, understated rendition of 'Every Breaking Wave', accompanied by a strings section. Alicia Keys serenaded the crowd from the nearby viewing party at the O2 Academy Glasgow, with an inspired performance of her Best Song with a Message-nominated track 'We Are Here' being beamed into the SSE Hydro and to MTV EMA viewers the world over. Best Song and Best Female winner Ariana Grande flew over the audience in a perspex bubble chair, treating fans to a Barbarella-esque medley of her smash hits 'Problem' and 'Break Free', and Ed Sheeran brought his chart-topping track 'Thinking Out Loud' to life, lighting up the stage with an elaborate music box.
Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne made his triumphant return to MTV to accept this year's Global Icon Award. In a surprise closing performance, Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil joined guitar legend Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators to pay tribute to Ozzy with an epic rendition of his classic hit 'Crazy Train'.
Electro-pop songstress Kiesza teleported from Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square into the arena via a classic red phone booth to perform her track 'Hideaway' surrounded by popping dancers. British songstress Charli XCX set the arena ablaze with a glam-rock / punk rendition of her hits 'Boom Clap' and 'Break The Rules', and UK rock duo Royal Blood rocked the house, playing 'Figure It Out' in front of a two-storey wall of screaming fans in the middle of the auditorium. Best World Stage winner Enrique Iglesias called on the crowd to be part of his medley of 'Freak' and 'Bailando', with thousands of fans donning xylobands to light up the floor of the SSE Hydro.
True to form, madness prevailed. Katy Perry revealed an unusual obsession with Minaj's "pillows", and the show further honoured the host's rear with a "butt putt" mini-golf green in the middle of the arena. Redfoo took to the stage dressed in a kilt to present the award for Best Pop to One Direction, having earlier revealed he was going commando on the MTV EMA red carpet, which was chosen by fans via social media with the hashtag #UnderFoosKiltEMA. In another nod to the heritage of the 2014 host city, David Hasselhoff dressed up in blue face paint to become "BraveHoff".
Before closing out the evening, Queen Nicki announced that the 2015 MTV EMA will take place in Milan, Italy at the Mediolanum Forum on Sunday, 25 October 2015. Italy and the city of Milan will serve as the official location for Expo 2015, the Universal Exhibition, and the MTV EMA will close out a year of international events taking place in Milan.
Complete list of 2014 MTV EMA winners
Ariana Grande, Problem ft Iggy Azalea
5 Seconds of Summer
Katy Perry, Dark Horse ft Juicy J
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Hip Hop
5 Seconds of Summer
Best World Stage
Enrique Iglesias, MTV World Stage Isle of MTV Malta