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The 2018 MTV EMA air this Sunday and host Hailee Steinfeld is on board to keep the party going all night in Bilbao, Spain. The 2018 MTV EMA air Sunday, November 4 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT on MTV and promise huge performances, a star-studded red carpet, and in keeping with MTV EMA tradition, a whole lotta surprises you won’t want to miss.
Here are eight reasons to tune into Sunday’s 2018 MTV EMA.
Oscar-nominated actor and pop superstar Hailee Steinfeld can do it all and that includes hosting the MTV EMA. The Pitch Perfect actor and star of the upcoming film Bumblebee has appeared at the iHeartRadio MMVAs as both a presenter and performer, so we know firsthand that when it comes to award shows, Steinfeld is the best.
The MTV EMA always boast performances from some of the biggest artists in the world and this year is no exception. Sunday’s show includes an incredible line-up that includes Nicki Minaj, Marshmello, Anne-Marie, Little Mix, Bebe Rexha, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, and Canadian pop star Alessia Cara.
While many of the artists performing and nominated at the 2018 MTV EMA are household names in North America, some artists have yet to break across the pond. The MTV EMA are a great place to learn about exciting up and coming artists from the U.K. and this year we’re keeping an eye on performers Rosalia and Jack & Jack.
The MTV EMA consistently have one of the most avant-garde fashion-forward red carpets of the year. We can’t wait to see what looks take over Bilbao on Sunday night. Werk, werk, werk.
What’s an award show without presenters? Probably a sad table full of awards and no way to get them to the winner. Thankfully, the MTV EMA have the transferring of awards to awardees covered with a line-up of presenters that include model Jourdan Dunn, actors Michael Pena, Diego Luna and Terry Crews, E! stars Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, and actor-turned-reality star Lindsay Lohan. Oh yeah, you bet we’re turning in to see Lilo.
Like any award show, surprise winners at the MTV EMA can make their way on stage in a moment that will shift their careers taken from underground artist to mainstream media in a single moment. Unlike other award shows, the MTV EMA can include winners having their moment ruined by sore losers. Yeah, we mean Kanye West. In 2006, West won Best Hip Hop Artist, but lost Best Music Video to Justice and their video for “We Are Your Friends.” Never one to pass up a microphone, West stormed the stage and declared that his video for “Touch The Sky” should have been crowned the winner. West said the video “cost a million dollars, fam. I had Pam Anderson. I was jumping across canyons. If I don’t win, the awards show loses credibility.” We do love Pamela Anderson.
The MTV EMA have enjoyed their fair share of shocking moments. In 2000, Robbie Williams accepted an award for his single “Rock DJ” and told the crowd “I am not going to say anything bad about people’s choices on this one, but I think it’s a terrible song and a silly song.” In 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen surprised the crowd by showing up in costume as Borat (very nice). In 2013, Miley Cyrus accepted an award on stage in a barely-there leotard while smoking a ‘funny’ cigarette. If you get enough pop stars in a room, the chances of a must-see moment happening are approximately 100 per cent.
Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty. The iconic singer and living legend is receiving the Global Icon Award after four decades in the music industry, 100 million albums sold, 11 albums released, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and five Grammy Awards won. So yeah, she’s had this coming.