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Women Ruled The 2018 MTV EMA

Nicki Minaj, Little Mix, MTV EMA

The 2018 MTV EMA went down in Bilbao, Spain this weekend and featured some of the biggest names in pop music around the world. Hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, the two-hour show included high energy performances from Nicki Minaj, Little Mix, Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, and more, with last year’s performer Camila Cabello sweeping many of the major categories and taking home Best Artist, Best Video, and Best Song for “Havana,” and Best U.S. Act.

While the annual show featured a wide arrange of performers, including a satellite appearance by U.K. rockers Muse, it was Women’s Night at the MTV EMA.

Nicki Minaj opened the event with a high energy performance of “Good Form” before being joined by Little Mix for a show of female solidarity, with the group performing “Women Like Me.” Minaj stood out in her bright pink body suit, while Little Mix pulled a Shania Twain in their fitting black suits. We love us some women-centric choreo.

 

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One of the most ICONIC #MTVEMA moments brought to you by @nickiminaj Minaj & @littlemix!! #WomanLikeMe #YES

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The MTV EMA have a penchant for the aerial shot. Last year it was Camila Cabello who performed from the top down and this year the honour first went to host Hailee Steinfeld. The actor and singer performed the new single “Back To Life” from her upcoming film Bumblebee, with her dancers forming a car around her. Well, that was pretty cool.

 

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@haileesteinfeld performance brought us #BackToLife!! What did you guys think of her new BOP?!

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Janet Jackson received the Global Icon Award and rightly so, but the honour felt like a let down when the singer received the same intro as every other performer. While her appearance at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year included an incredible retrospective performance, her MTV EMA performance had a mash-up of her new song “Made For Now” and her older hits “All For You” and “Rhythm Nation” failed to differentiate itself among the rest of the performers. We don’t blame Janet. Ms. Jackson is still killing it. The living legend returned to the stage at the end of the night after receiving an in-depth introduction by Camila Cabello and Jason Derulo, with Jackson using her stage time to thank her fans and speak out for women’s rights. There’s a good chance the singer requested a break between performing and speaking in order to compose herself, but the separation of the moments felt anti-climatic.

 

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There’s so much much love for @janetjackson!! #MadeForNow.

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Former MTV EMA host Bebe Rexha stood out in a bright red plastic bodysuit for her performance of “I’m A Mess,” which included sea of dancers in white shirts all sporting a sinister black stripe down the middle of their faces. It was a terrifying aesthetic, but Rexha redeemed herself with great use of the aerial budget for her performance, creating a dance routine that would impress any synchronized skating team.

 

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@beberexha took on the #MTVEMA stage with a dancers in this emotionally epic performance!!

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Halsey boasted the most emotional performance of the night. Singing her new single “Without Me,” Halsey went literal with her symbolisms and performed chained inside a glass cage, displaying the emotional restraints of past relationships. In case the imagery was too subtle for some viewers, Halsey ended her performance by standing under pouring water. G-Eazy, what did you do to this woman?

 

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@iamhalsey’s FIRST EVER performance of “Without Me” had us all…

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We may be biased, but one of our favourite performances of the night belonged to Canadian singer Alessia Cara. Bringing her music video for “Trust My Lonely” to life, Cara danced in an oversized grey suit while images from her video played on a large screen behind her. Simple, moving, and such an empowering track. Also, don’t come for Cara’s clothes. Or anyone’s clothes.

Of course, it wasn’t just women at the MTV EMA on Sunday night. Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie tried to pull a Pink by scaling the side of a building during the band’s performance of “High Hopes.” The stunt was, well, stunted by poor camera angles, which detracted from how freaking cool the moment should have been. But Urie is one of the most exciting performers to watch in music right now and this song is such a jam, so still a great performance.

 

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@panicatthedisco took us to another world with their performance of “High Hopes”

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Jason Derulo showed off a side of his music that we have yet to hear. We didn’t love that Derulo decided to sample Andrea Bocelli’s “Time To Say Goodbye” for his new collaboration with Nicki Minaj and David Guetta. We still kinda feel like it’s dragging the original, but we were happy to learn that Derulo has a bit of opera in him. We see you, Jason.

And Lilo did well. Watch the 2018 MTV EMA now on MTV.ca.

 

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Maybe @lindsaylohan could finally get @marshmellomusic to talk….just maybe…

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