2018 EMA: The Must-See Moments You Cannot Miss
Nicki got raunchy, Janet got political and Camila had a message for Ariana...
The 2018 MTV EMAs took place this evening (Nov 4) in Bilbao, Spain and something in the air seemed to make everyone feel a little more free than usual.
Whether it was scaling skyscrapers while singing live, getting frisky onstage with a group of naked dancers or speaking out for women around the world, the stars were feeling bold and brave for the awards show of the season.
When a show lasts over two hours it can be difficult to summarise the wildest, most jaw-dropping and surprising or simply adorable or powerful moments into a short list but we think we've managed it for those who missed it.
Let's get to it!
Queen Nicki's Minaj-A-Trois
Nicki Minaj was feeling frisky with a capital F tonight as she performed her p-ssy-popping anthem 'Good Form' and Little Mix collaboration 'Woman Like Me' in one wild medley. During her 'Woman Like Me' verse, she got intimate with several bare dancers, especially two who she had a little ménage-à-trois moment with, leaving our jaws strapped to the floor and our jealousy metres out of control.
Jason Derulo’s Opera Moment
Jason Derulo continues to deliver bop after bop as one of pop's most reliable hitmakers, yet tonight he revealed a new layer to his talent.
Despite being famous for more than a decade now, we have never seen this side to him before as he surprised everyone with some opera singing to start his performance. Before delivering full-out choreography and a mini striptease to 'Goodbye', his major collab with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, he enjoyed a Popstar to Operastar moment while singing the original version of Andrea Bocelli's 'Time to Say Goodbye'. More of this, please, JD!
Surprise! It's Little Mix
We all knew that Little Mix were performing at the 2018 MTV EMAs as we could barely contain ourselves when it was announced just days ago, however we had no idea what to expect from our favourite girls.
Making their EMA debut, the pop superstars surprised us all when they cut Nicki Minaj's 'Good Form' short and arrived onstage halfway through to join the rap queen for the debut performance of their collab 'Woman Like Me'. Complete with choreo, some butt-grabbing lovin' between Jade and Nicki, and one saucy verse from Minaj (remember? from up there?), it was definitely one to remember.
Camila Cabello’s Shout Out to “Wife” Ariana Grande
One superstar that was sorely missed during this year's EMAs was Ariana Grande, who understandably gave it a miss as she continues her break from the spotlight.
However, her several nominations kept her music alive in the moment and, Woman of the Evening, Camila Cabello gave her a special shout out during one of her many acceptance speeches. Thanking her fans and family for the second or third time in the night, she also chose to give a big thanks to her "wife" Ariana, also saying she loves her. The sweet moment of love and appreciation sure made our hearts swell, and brought Ari into the house.
Brendon Urie Scaling A Building
Sure, we're all about descending from ceilings and getting involved in some props but some people's bravery is just on a whole 'nother level.
Take Brendon Urie, for example, who decided to scale a building for his performance tonight. Like, really scale a building. We mean he was dangling from the side of a skyscraper, while singing live. The insane moment was thankfully only for the interlude of Panic! at the Disco's brilliant performance because our nerves couldn't have handled watching an entire three or four minutes of it, but it was wild to watch while it lasted.
Janet Jackson’s Empowering Speech To Women
The legendary Janet Jackson was honoured with the Global Icon award during this year's ceremony, and instead of reflecting on her vast and unique career, she chose to use her speech as an opportunity to stand up for women around the world.
“Tonight I speak for women whose voices have been stifled. I am one of those women," she said. "Women who have been gagged - both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who live in fear… I stand with you. You are my sisters. Tonight I carry the hope that a new world is emerging. Women, our voices will be heard […] when we speak out for justice."
The powerful speech comes at an extremely important time for women. When world politics seems to be determined to reduce women's worth and the validity of their words, Janet affirmed everyone listening that they are valid, loved, deserving and supported, and it was beautiful to hear.
Halsey Making It Rain
'Without Me' may be Halsey's most vulnerable single to date but she made sure that its debut live performance was tough, strong and totally badass.
Starting off chained to a box, the singer delivered a moving rendition of the emotional track as she freed herself - literally - before taking solace in the rain. And boy, was there a lot of rain! The singer was absolutely drenched by the end of the performance but it didn't stop her sounding or looking utterly amazing. Bravo, bbs.