Bilbao (Spain) – Best artist, best song, best video: American singer Camila Cabello, with her hit "Havana", was the winner of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) on Sunday in Bilbao, northern Spain.
"This year was the best of my life."said the 21-year-old Cuban native, who opened the show, presented by American actress Hailee Steinfeld, singing her success with touches of flamenco.
And in fact, even before those awards attributed by the European declension of the American music channel, 2018 has been a year of prosperity for Camila Cabello.
Your tube "Havana"with rapper Young Thug hit the top end of January sales in the United States, while the audio version of the title, without video, was seen more than 1.3 billion times on YouTube.
By the end of August, she had won two of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), the most popular music video trophies in the United States, being crowned Artist of the Year and Video of the Year.
By 2017, the former member of the band Fifth Harmony had already received the award for best pop artist on MTV EMA.
With six nominations, Camila Cabello was a big favorite at the MTV Europe Awards.
– Janet Jackson "global icon"-
In addition to Cabello, American singer Ariana Grande, Texas rapper Post Malone, Canadian rapper and singer Drake and British artist Dua Lipa were nominated for the title of best artist.
For the title of best song, Cabello was competing with Ariana Grande ("There are no tears to cry"), Post Malone ("Rockstar"), Drake ("God's Plan") and Bebe Rexha ("Means to be").
Ariana Grande and Post Malone were the most indicated behind Camila Cabello with five nominations each, ahead of Drake and Dua Lipa in four categories.
With two awards – best hip-hop artist and best visual – American rapper Nicki Minaj was one of the protagonists of the night when she performed twice on stage with French DJ David Guetta and American singer Jason Derulo.
In other categories, Dua Lipa was crowned best pop artist, the American group Panic! in the disco best alternative artist and best electro artist of Marshmello.
Winner of MTV EMA in 2017 with three awards including Best Artist, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes won the title of Best Live Artist.
American singer Janet Jackson, for more than three decades on stage, was crowned with the title of "Global Icon"a reward already awarded in previous editions of U2, Queen, Whitney Houston or Eminem.
In her speech of thanks, the sister of Michael Jackson said to speak by the name "of those women whose voices were silenced".
"I am one of those women who were gagged, literally but also emotionally, by these abused and intimidated women, those women who lived in fear. I'm with you, you're my sisters."she said.
Created in 1994, MTV EMA is one of two major events organized by MTV, with the Video Music Awards (VMA) held annually in the United States since 1984.