MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 crown winners

Katy Perry, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande and One Direction take home two or more awards each

By Andrea Tim | Published: 10 Nov 2014

MTV EMAs 2014
Photo: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

Sure, the MTV Europe Music Award winners are voted for by the public, but there's no denying that the public is what the entertainment industry relies on to survive and thrive. Naturally, you'd have to take the EMA winners list with a pinch of salt if you're a quality purist. Otherwise, don't argue about how awards host Nicki Minaj won Best Hip Hop but Eminem didn't. Or how, while it's called the Europe Music Awards, most of the nominated artists are American.

This year's show, held in Glasgow, included performances by the likes of Nicki (who had multiple costume changes throughout the show and debuted new track, Bed of Lies), Ariana Grande (she can't have any problems left at this point, right?), Ed Sheeran (who had dancers recreate his Thinking Out Loud music video), Charli XCX (we're pretty sure the SSE Hydro shook at Boom Clap), and a very pregnant Alicia Keys (who slayed everyone with We Are Here).

(L-R): Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX and Alicia Keys (Photo: Getty Images)

But enough of that – we'll just get down to who won those springy globe trophies.

Katy Perry picked up two awards: Best Look and Best Video for Dark Horse. Best New was won by 5 Seconds of Summer. The Aussie pop punk band also won Best Push. In case you were wondering, that last award is for newbies who were featured on MTV Push, which promotes new acts to audiences.

Ariana Grande was crowned Best Female and Justin Bieber swept the Best Male award (we cannot 'beliebe' it, considering Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake and Eminem shared that nomination). Ariana also received a Best Song award for Problems. Best Pop went to One Direction, who'd have to thank their legion of screaming fans for their Biggest Fans win. Oh, and Best Live also went to One Direction. Because.

Linkin Park won Best Rock, while Best Alternative went to Thirty Seconds to Mars. Speaking of the Jared Leto-led band, they recently released a trailer for their documentary, Into The Wild. Be still, our hearts.

Chinese singer-songwriter Bibi Zhou scored the Worldwide Act, while Sarah Geronimo took home the Best Southeast Asia Act. Our own songstress, Yuna lost out on that award, but she isn't slowing down on pleasing her Malaysian audience. She announced on Instagram that she'll be having a secret session on 7 December (a la Taylor Swift?), so watch out for more announcements from her.

Alicia Keys may have charmed the world with her stirring We Are Here performance (and campaign), but Beyoncé won Best Song With a Message for body-image anthem, Pretty Hurts. And finally, Ozzy Osbourne was honoured with the Global Icon award, joining the ranks of previous winners, Bon Jovi, Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem.

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