Justin Bieber Tops MTV Europe Awards, As Beyonce Snubbed
Pop superstar Justin Bieber pipped Lady Gaga at the MTV Europe Music awards Sunday, snapping up the lion’s share as megastar Beyonce was left empty-handed.
In the high-energy show in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, the chart-topping Canadian singer’s legendary army of fans dubbed “Beliebers” helped him slay Gaga’s “monsters” to see him win three awards including for Biggest Fans.
Bieber also managed to beat off competition from Adele’s “Hello” to win Best Song for his hit “Sorry” and he pocketed the Best Canadian act as well.
Eccentric pop icon Lady Gaga, who once wore a dress made of meat, snapped up two awards, winning Best Female act and Best Look.
Neither Bieber or Lady Gaga were in Rotterdam to receive their awards.
And in a surprise Beyonce — who like Bieber had been nominated in five categories and had dominated MTV’s signature Video Music Awards in New York in August — was denied a share of the honours.
The award for Best Video went to fast-rising Canadian R&B sensation The Weeknd for his “Starboy” beating Beyonce’s “Formation” from her acclaimed album “Lemonade”.
Best Video is determined by MTV’s editorial team, but most categories are decided by voting by fans.
The Weeknd performed his winning song, one of his few appearances ahead of a tour next year, emerging from a star-filled dome onto the Rotterdam stage.
The high-octane night also belonged to teenage Canadian sensation, Shawn Mendes, 18, who elbowed his countryman Bieber out of the way to take the award for Best Male. He also won best Worldwide Act.
Mendes thanked everyone at the ceremony, and sent special wishes to his mum as it was her birthday.
American duo Twenty One Pilots also took two honours, for Best Live act and Best Alternative.