2018 MTV EMA Winners: See The Full List

Camila Cabello headed into the 2018 MTV EMA as the most nominated artist, with six noms, while Ariana Grande and Post Malone trailed close behind with five apiece. But the EMA are nothing if not unpredictable — host Hailee Steinfeld summed it up best when she said “anything can happen” — so those shiny trophies could find a home with any of your fave artists.

What we do know is that the star-studded awards show will feature explosive live performances from Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Little Mix, Panic! at the Disco, Alessia Cara, and more. Not to mention, Global Icon Award recipient Janet Jackson will hit the stage in Bilbao, Spain. No big deal.

We’re tracking all of the winners, including key categories like Best Song, Best Video, and the especially stacked Best Artist, which finds Cabello, Grande, Malone, Drake, and Dua Lipa vying for the prize. Keep it locked here as the winners are announced Sunday night (November 4) — and catch the celebration at 7pm ET on MTV or stream on MTVEMA.com!

BEST ARTIST

Ariana Grande

WINNER: Camila Cabello

Drake

Dua Lipa

Post Malone

BEST VIDEO

Ariana Grande — “no tears left to cry”

Camila Cabello — “Havana” ft. Young Thug

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

Lil Dicky — “Freaky Friday” ft. Chris Brown

The Carters — “APES**T”

BEST SONG

Ariana Grande — “no tears left to cry”

Bebe Rexha — “Meant To Be” ft. Florida Georgia Line

Camila Cabello — “Havana” ft. Young Thug

Drake — “God’s Plan”

Post Malone — “rockstar” ft. 21 Savage

BEST POP

Ariana Grande

Camila Cabello

Dua Lipa

Hailee Steinfeld

Shawn Mendes

BEST NEW

Anne-Marie

Bazzi

Cardi B

Hayley Kiyoko

Jessie Reyez

BEST LOOK

WINNER: Nicki Minaj

Cardi B

Dua Lipa

Migos

Post Malone

BEST HIP HOP

Drake

Eminem

Migos

Nicki Minaj

Travis Scott

BEST LIVE

Ed Sheeran

Muse

P!nk

Shawn Mendes

The Carters

BEST ROCK

5 Seconds Of Summer

Foo Fighters

Imagine Dragons

Muse

U2

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Fall Out Boy

Panic! At The Disco

The 1975

Thirty Seconds To Mars

twenty one pilots

BEST ELECTRONIC

Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Marshmello

Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers

BIGGEST FANS

WINNER: BTS

Camila Cabello

Selena Gomez

Shawn Mendes

Taylor Swift

BEST WORLD STAGE

Clean Bandit — MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017

Charli XCX — MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017

David Guetta — Trafalgar Square, UK 2017

Jason Derulo — Isle of MTV Malta 2018

Post Malone — Wireless Festival, UK 2018

Migos — Wireless Festival, UK 2018

J Cole — Wireless Festival, UK 2018

Nick Jonas — MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

Alessia Cara — MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

BEST PUSH

PRETTYMUCH (October 2017)

Why Don’t We (November 2017 )

Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)

Bishop Briggs (January 2018)

Superorganism (February 2018)

Jessie Reyez (March 2018)

Hayley Kiyoko (April 2018)

Lil Xan (May 2018)

Sigrid (June 2018)

Chloe x Halle (July 2018)

Bazzi (August 2018)

Jorja Smith (September 2018)

BEST U.S. ACT (BEST LOCAL ACT)

Ariana Grande

Camila Cabello

Cardi B

Imagine Dragons

Post Malone

Ariana Grande Closes The Pete Davidson Chapter With ‘Thank U, Next’

So much of the fascination with the whirlwind romance (and failed engagement) between Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson comes from our own appetites. We love a good celeb love story! And often, the breakups are even better. They fell in love, shacked up, brought a ring into it, then parted ways all in a five-month span — and we can’t get enough.

That’s why fans mind so much when Pete seems to make light of the whole thing in a promo for Saturday Night Live, or when Ari seemingly disappears from social media to (wisely) take some time to herself, away from too many voices. That time away did her well, though, as we can all hear on “Thank U, Next,” the new song she dropped Saturday night (November 3) that seems to punctuate this saga of her life with an uplifting message of self-love.

First, Ari sets the scene for us by mentioning her past loves by name, including Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez (who apparently heard the song before it came out), as well as Pete and the late Mac Miller, whom she calls “an angel.”

Thought I’d end up with Sean
But he wasn’t a match
Wrote some songs about Ricky
Now I listen and laugh
Even almost got married
And for Pete, I’m so thankful
Wish I could say, “Thank you” to Malcolm
‘Cause he was an angel

This is all to show her own personal growth from each relationship she had, Ari instructs. “Look what you taught me / And for that, I say / Thank u, next,” she sings to lead into the chorus. “I’m so fucking grateful for my ex.”

What some were perhaps eagerly awaiting as a final kiss-off to Davidson ended up being a sweet, thoughtful song about learning to love yourself above anyone else. All in all, it’s a fantastic move by Ari. And it sounds great! Her voice is clear and bold, except for maybe the one line where she sings her own name (as people enjoyed on social media).

Plus, I met someone else
We havin’ better discussions
I know they say I move on too fast
But this one gon’ last
‘Cause her name is Ari
And I’m so good with that

Saturday night, too, Davidson addressed the end of their relationship on SNL seemingly to put a pin in it as well. His words were also gracious: “The truth is, it’s nobody’s business, and sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s OK. She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.”

Whatever the circumstances that led her here, Ari is indeed here, with this song, and with clear eyes about her path forward. It’s great! And it’s a nice example to follow. Check out “Thank U, Next” above.

Ariana Grande’s Surprise “Thank U, Next” Release Has Fans Asking “Who’s Aubrey?”

After teasing the phrase “thank u, next” for days, Ariana Grande completed her trick. The reigning pop queen released a single of the same name shortly before 11:00pm on the East Coast, just over a half hour before the start of the totally unrelated Saturday Night Live.

Aside from general panic over the song and its lyrical content about each of Ari’s exes — though it’s certainly not a diss track, to be clear — the immediate reaction from fans zeroed in on one question: who’s the Aubrey that Ariana’s singing about?

As the track hit Apple Music, the service provided lyrics for the song that included the line, “But this one gon’ last / ‘Cause her name is Aubrey.” Seeming to suggest that her current significant other was named Aubrey, some began to wonder if Ariana was dating a woman.

But a quick look at Ariana’s Twitter from earlier in the day revealed the line really says “Ari,” not “Aubrey.”

Before they even knew it, the Aubrey gossip was over for Ariana’s fans — or at least for those who chose to believe the truth.

Whether you choose to believe that Ariana is dating herself or Aubrey, enjoy the iconic pop culture moment that is “thank u, next” below.

I Can’t Believe EXO Is Finally Back And Kai Is Wearing A Crop Top

It’s been a minute, but South Korean favorites EXO are finally back with their fifth studio album, Don’t Mess Up My Tempo. And they’re kicking off this new era with “Tempo,” a catchy melodic anomaly that, true to its name, seamlessly switches up the tempo from smooth R&B, to retro pop, to hip-hop, to acapella — all in under 4 minutes.

If the rhythmic hook doesn’t immediately grab your attention (“don’t mess up my tempo,” they plea), then the unique vocal bridge — acapella kings! — should do the trick, featuring EXO’s stacked vocal line and their dynamic harmonies. Or, perhaps main dancer Kai looking fierce in a crop top is more your speed. There’s something for everyone!

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Speaking of the video, it’s a real trip. Starring all nine members — “Tempo” marks Lay Zhang’s long-awaited return to the group — the stylistic visual is both modern and nostalgic, putting a cool twist on label SM Entertainment’s typical “box” format. The motorcycle-gang aesthetic from the teaser images was a bit of a red herring; instead, the slick video features the group moving through various sets — a bar, a bedroom (the creaking bed sample does not go unnoticed on the hook), an interrogation room, and, of course, a dance floor — with a mature color palette that may be more muted than “Ko Ko Bop” but packs just as much personality.

While Lay doesn’t have much to do in this video — he’s primarily a cameo — he is heavily featured on the Chinese version of the single, which also dropped today (November 2).

The album features 10 new tracks, including the Latin-pop “Ooh La La La,” which was co-written by American hitmaker Bazzi (who also worked on “The Eve” off the group’s last album), and the smooth “Bad Dream,” an R&B track with a disco hook. Just like its lead single, Don’t Mess Up My Tempo defies all genres — a distinct marker of an EXO production.

It’s Just Troye Sivan And His Beautiful Voice On Ghostly New Queen Cover

It’s been a big year for Troye Sivan, and the guy isn’t done yet. After releasing his second album, Bloom, in August, the 23-year-old will also appear in the Oscar-buzzy gay teen conversion-therapy drama Boy Erased when that hits theaters on Friday (November 2). Sivan also contributed a wonderfully melancholic song to that film called “Revelation” in collaboration with Sigur Rós’s Jónsi. Last month, he also popped up alongside Charli XCX on the peppy nostalgia trip “1999.”

And there’s more! Ahead of the new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, young pop artists have been tackling legendary Queen tracks to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust and fight against HIV/AIDS. Shawn Mendes and teddy<3 took on “Under Pressure,” 5 Seconds of Summer assembled for “Killer Queen,” and now Siva’s given his take on the 1976 soul-baring, gospel-indebted “Somebody to Love,” a.k.a. one of Nate Ruess’s favorite songs ever.

Instead of attempting to replicate the bombast of the original, Sivan wisely keeps the ballad grounded, focusing on his vulnerable voice and some light background fog. It’s a lovely take that sharply zeroes in on Freddie Mercury’s soul-searching lyrics and uses modern studio techniques to process Sivan’s vocals into demons at the door. And then, it’s over.

On social media, Sivan let the news of this cover be known with a quick tease featuring a very sleepy and very cute dog. “WELP IT’S OUT!!” he wrote. “Surprise I covered Somebody To Love by Queen for the @BoRhapMovie soundtrack album <3.”

Listen to the cover above, and watch MTV News talk to Sivan about his contributions to Boy Erased below.

Stop The Presses, I Just Found Out Amandla Stenberg Co-wrote “Pussy Is God” By King Princess

Just listening to King Princess’ new single “Pussy Is God” already had me smiling. But finding out her girlfriend Amandla Stenberg co-wrote the track has me drop-dead shook.

The new song, released overnight, is a follow-up to King Princess’ debut EP from earlier this year, Make My Bed. As an out gay artist with legions of queer idolizers, King Princess has her fandom fully obsessed with the lyrical nature and sound of “Pussy Is God.”

And since King Princess and Amandla confirmed their relationship in July, fans are connecting the dots about what — or who, rather — “Pussy Is God” might be about.

But in my own obsession over “Pussy Is God,” I checked its credits and saw that Amandla isn’t just a possible subject of the song — she’s a gosh darn writer of it.

Amandla is listed as a writer next to Mikaela Straus — King Princess’ real name — and Nick Long, a regular K.P. collaborator. According to credits on Spotify, this is the first King Princess song that Amandla penned.

As others made the same discovery as I did, they expressed their shook-ness in just the way you’d expect on Twitter.

Spread the good word of King Princess and Amandla Stenberg and check out the music video for “Pussy Is God” below.

Vince Staples Takes Us On A Wild Tour Of His Block Via Google Maps In ‘FUN!’ Video

Vince Staples‘s new album, FM!, is out right now, as of Friday (November 2). As the brief but potent follow-up to 2017’s Big Fish Theory — the dude cranks 11 tracks out of only 22 minutes of material — FM! hits like one big blast of energy instead of a dozen individual songs.

Part of that comes from the loose concept hinted at by the album’s title, that the tracks are all radio discoveries: a theme executed by skits with “DJs” and “new songs” by Earl Sweatshirt and Tyga.

About halfway through, Vince and E-40 team up for the mischievous “FUN!,” a track that’s also the album’s first music video. In a quick, pulse-racing two minutes, Vince takes us on a tour of his Long Beach community via Google Maps, complete with grainy zooms and plenty of local background activity. E-40’s part is excised in favor of brevity, which seems to be the name of the game with all of FM!

The whole thing is amazing for what it crams into 138 seconds. In that span, we witness a fight, a robbery, an attempted arrest, and then… well, and then the ending turns the entire video around. No spoilers. But it’s worth it. It’ll make you think.

Watch the clip for “FUN!” above, then stream all of FM! — featuring additional appearances by Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign, and more — below.

Yes, Stan Twitter Is Already Using The Bald Emoji To Say “Wig Snatched”

Immediately after Apple dropped new emojis in its latest update, Stan Twitter has flocked to the bald man and woman as the most concise way to yell “wig snatched!”

Of course, stans didn’t create this exclamation that’s used to express total disbelief at how amazing someone’s talent is, whether that’s modeling, singing or nearly anything else. “Wig snatched,” a phrase born from the black, LGBTQ ballroom culture of the 1980s, has taken a strange path from Paris Is Burning to be a regular catchphrase online.

It’s gotten so mainstream, in fact, that no time was wasted in deciding that the new bald emojis were designed for Stan Twitter.

Trying out the bald emoji right away, stans have posted it in response to music, old and new, from faves like Carly Rae Jepsen and Mariah Carey.

They’ve also already used it to express excitement about surprise news like the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show performers announcement and the Timothée Chalamet inteview by Harry Styles for Vice.

It’s hard to imagine that the creators of ballroom vernacular in the 1980s thought it would be co-opted by music fans in picture form decades later. Some uses of the bald emoji, however, are authentically closer to its origin, like responding to Beyoncé’s meticulously-crafted Flo-Jo Halloween costume.

In a way similar to how wig exclamations were co-opted by Stan Twitter, the phrase has made its way even further to the mainstream. In late 2017 and early 2018, “wig snatched” reached new audiences when it got shortened to just “wig” by Katy Perry and the locals. So while some stans have embraced the bald emoji, others are saying it’s meant for Local Twitter.

But even if they give up the bald emojis, stans have enough new emoji material to work with. Receipts were added in the last update, too, and that might just be enough to keep the stans satisfied.

Carly Rae Jepsen Is Dancing On Her Own In Ecstatic ‘Party For One’ Video

In August, someone finally gave Carly Rae Jepsen a sword. A few months later, we have our first new song from the pop singer in a year and a half in “Party For One.” Coincidence?

While the campaign to arm the Queen of Emotion was mostly in jest, there’s no denying that once she proudly raised that (inflatable) blade on the Lollapalooza stage, something changed forever. On “Party For One,” Carly Rae sounds confident, even in the face of rejection.

The video, directed by Bardia Zeinali, doubles down on that, placing her in a hotel room, alone, in her underwear, and just having the damn time of her life.

It’s not just her, though; the scenes are intercut with plenty of others suffering through heartbreak by themselves. What they choose to do about it — have dinner in the bath, laugh and cry at the TV all night, DIY some bangs — is where the delicious catharsis comes in.

The music here matches these sensations, with a tidal wave of synthesized gloss coating the ache of the lyrics: “Party for one / If you don’t care about me / I’ll just dance by myself / Back on my beat.” Classic CRJ! A modern karaoke standard is born.

As fans began suspecting online when news of the song first hit, “Party For One” is indeed the first taste of an upcoming fourth CRJ album, due out sometime in 2019. It’ll be her first proper album since 2015’s EMOTION.

Watch the wild video above and see if you have any sudden cravings for Absolut, Calvin Klein, or Postmates after.

Inside Mac Miller’s Benefit Concert: Moving Tributes, Surprise Guests, And A Tearful Ending

On September 6, the day before Mac Miller‘s untimely death, he tweeted out a link to buy tickets for his Swimming Tour, promising, “This show is going to be special every night.” The 26-date trek was slated to kick off on October 27 in San Francisco before touching down at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on October 31. And while we’ll never get to see what Mac had in store for that live show, a formidable lineup of his hip-hop family assembled at the Greek on Halloween to fill the date with a benefit concert that honored Miller’s life in stunning, spirited, and certainly special fashion.

“Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah! / Lala how the life goes on.” As fans filed into the Greek on Wednesday evening for “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life,” The Beatles’ classic White Album blasted from the outdoor venue’s speakers. There were plenty of Halloween costumes in the crowd — a skeleton, a Pikachu, an angel, a devil — but even more Miller-emblazoned tees and Pittsburgh gear. The merch tables sold black hoodies with the phrase “’92 til infinity” printed on the front, commemorating Miller’s birth year. In line at the concessions stand, a couple from Phoenix and two girls from Hawaii chatted about their long-but-“worth it” trips there.

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When the lights finally dimmed around 7 p.m., a montage of home videos appeared on the big screen, showing a young, smiley Mac dancing and blowing out birthday candles. Miller’s childhood best friend, Dylan Reynolds, took the stage a few minutes later to perform an acoustic cover of “Come Back to Earth,” the cathartic opening track from the rapper’s fifth and final album, Swimming. His sweet, simple performance kicked off three hours of musical tributes from Miller’s friends and collaborators — from J.I.D., who was supposed to open on the Swimming Tour, to NJOMZA, who debuted a new song with the heartbreaking hook, “I miss you / I do / It’s true.”

But as inherently grim as the evening’s agenda was, it ended up being a largely celebratory occasion that only got more adrenalized with each performance. Action Bronson lit up a joint while rapping, “I’m just out here livin’ my best life.” Ty Dolla $ign smashed a guitar and bounded through the crowd during “Blasé,” which he said was one of Mac’s favorite songs. Anderson .Paak got behind the drum kit for a funk-fueled set that included his Mac collab, “Dang!”, while Thundercat‘s groovy contribution featured cameos from Vince Staples and John Mayer, the latter of whom later returned to cover Mac’s “Small Pools.”

By the time Rae Sremmurd made a surprise appearance for “No Type” and “Powerglide” — with a shirtless Swae Lee proclaiming, “let’s turn up, we on a good vibe” — the crowd was in full-on hype mode. Schoolboy Q kept the energy up with “That Part,” revealing that Mac was in the studio with him the night he wrote the track’s first verse. SZA reminded us that we’ll be all right “long as we got love,” while Chance the Rapper‘s set ran the gamut from sentimental (“Blessings”) to swaggering (“No Problem”). It helped that any lag time between performers was filled with something, whether it was a collection of video tributes from the likes of Lil Wayne and Donald Glover, to a moment of silence for the victims of last weekend’s Pittsburgh shooting.

Travis Scott was tasked with delivering the finale, and he ended his two-song offering (“Goosebumps” and a truncated but fiery “Sicko Mode”) by delivering one of the evening’s most moving speeches.

“We all know Mac is watching over us. I just want everybody to just stay strong,” he said, pacing the stage as a photo of a young, toothless Miller appeared behind him. “If you have a friend with you, always tell them you love them. Always give your mom a kiss, always give your dad a hug. No matter if you’re mad at somebody, the next day, just check on them. Everybody is somebody. We all one, no matter your skin color, your hair, if you’re a rapper, a basketball player. The key word to this whole shit is motherfucking love.”

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Motherfucking love was, undeniably, the spirit of the evening. Proceeds from the event benefitted the newly launched Mac Miller Circles Fund, which his family and the Pittsburgh Foundation posthumously established in his honor. It supports the enrichment of youth arts education in underserved communities, and it’s impossible not to think Miller would’ve loved his name being used to inspire new generations of budding artists.

Mac was actually the last person fans heard from at the end of the night. After all of the evening’s performers gathered onstage for one final goodbye, Miller’s voice blasted through the speakers, saying, “Thank you guys so much. Have a great night, everybody.”

Damn… and just when we thought we’d get through the night without crying.