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The 2016 MTV EMAs went down in Rotterdam this year, showing off some of the best and biggest acts in Europe and beyond. Hosted by singer Bebe Rehxa, the night featured performances from Kings of Leon, Bruno Mars, Zara Larsson, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and more.
From the big winners to the big performers to the big U (seriously), check out the most OMG moments from the 2016 MTV EMAs below.
Zara Larsson likely made a few million new fans tonight with her high energy dance performance featuring a group of backup dancers that gave off some major girl power.
The MTV EMAs may have taken place in Rotterdam, but Canada was in the house. Canadian actor Nina Dobrev and Canadian model Winnie Harlow were on hand to present, while both Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd performed and took home awards. Oh Canada!
DNCE made us a little nervous with their ode to Kanye West’s Pablo Tour. The foursome took their mash-up performance of “Body Moves” and “Cake By The Ocean” to new heights, performing above the crowd on a platform that they did not seemed to be strapped into. Less jumping, more standing still and carefully rocking out, please.
We’re about 90 per cent sure The Weeknd was part of his performance of “Starboy.” The singer spent half of the time under a giant globe and the other half standing in the dark. At least he sounded great, or, someone pretending to be The Weeknd sounded great.
OneRepublic amazingly made it out of their very wet performance without electrocuting themselves. The water and electronic instruments definitely added an extra layer of excitement to the performance.
Bruno Mars and the Hooligans don’t need a light show, flames or giant set to steal the show. They just need their choreographed swag.
The chaotic fire show that threatened both Green Day and their fans was the perfect accompaniment to the frantic energy of the band’s lead single “Bang Bang,” from their twelfth album Revolution Radio. The trio took home this year’s Global Icon Award and enjoyed winning the award specifically in Europe two days before the “horrendous” US election. To drive home the point, the band performed their 2004 single “American Idiot.” Let’s hope that song isn’t fitting when the polls close on Tuesday.
Host Bebe Rehxa’s second performance had us wondering if there was a new furry trend in Europe that hasn’t made it to North America yet. The singer performed alongside a giant, furry U.
Things got really sexual.
But that’s okay, because it has eyes?
Someone from Europe needs to explain this to us.
Click here to watch the 2016 MTV EMAs on MTV.ca.