Everything That Happened At The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs: Including Shawn Mendes, BTS and 5SOS
The night belonged to Shawn Mendes, or Marshmello - we're getting confused now...
The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs belonged to Shawn Mendes, although it was a big night for many of our favourites.
The awards show took place in Mendes' hometown of Toronto, making his big wins on the night even more special for him as it was a real full circle moment.
Shawn arrived to the MMVAs with eight nominations so he was bound to walk away with something but we don't think he quite expected to win four awards, never mind four of the biggest honours of the evening.
The pop superstar was awarded Best Pop Artist and Artist of the Year (!!) alongside two fan-voted wins for Fan Fave Artist and Fan Fave Video for 'In My Blood'. He closed the show with a rousing rendition of the single, showing off his ever-impressive vocal range and guitar skills with minimal production.
Shawn didn't just close the show either, he opened it with another performance. We know what you're thinking - a group performance? medley? - but no, it was another solo performance as he graced the stage to deliver a stunning live version of his underrated banger 'Lost In Japan'.
With four wins and two performances, it's pretty clear that the singer dominated the awards show, however he also pulled one of the most hilarious stunts of the night that shook the audience into a frenzy.
Marshmello deservedly won Best EDM/Dance Artist and went onstage to pick up the award, only before taking off the famous mask to reveal that it was actually Shawn underneath pretending to be the mega-star DJ.
Show host Awkwafina freaked out when Mendes took off the mask to accept the award on the DJ's behalf and the crowd erupted in screams, as though they hadn't already seen the man in the flesh several times throughout the show. But hey, you can never have too much Shawn Mendes, right?
For one of his own legitimate wins, Shawn thanked his fans for staying with him on his musical journey, saying: "Honestly, what I mainly want to say is thank you to everybody who follows an artist when they try to explore musically and support them through that journey. That means the world to me." Awww!
Elsewhere, Drake won two of his seven nominations including Best Hip-Hop Artist, while 'God's Plan' won in the Best Director category, going to Karena Evans. Sadly, the rapper wasn't in attendance to accept the wins in person, alongside other notable winners of the evening like Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez.
Selena won in the Fan Fave Single category for 'Wolves', her collaboration with Marshmello, making it the DJ's second win of the evening. While Ed's Number 1 single 'Perfect' won Single of the Year, one of the biggest honours of the MMVAs.
Halsey was awarded with iHeartRadio MMVA's Artist for Change award, which she was super grateful for. The 'Strangers' singer said the honour means "so much to" her, going on to say: "I try really hard to use my voice the best way I can and to see that you guys appreciate it in the same way only inspires me to keep doing it more, and stand up for what I believe in, no matter what anybody thinks." Queen.
While K-Pop superstars - who just broke Taylor Swift's VEVO record for most views in the first 24 hours with their new visual 'IDOL' - weren't in attendance, they won their first ever MMVA in the fan-voted category Fan Fave Duo or Group. We don't think this will be their only win either, as their career is only going from strength to strength internationally.
One boyband that was in the building was our favourite lads, 5 Seconds of Summer. The heartthrobs performed their excellent single 'Youngblood' and it went off just as much live as it does listening to the studio version, cementing it as one of the biggest tunes of this summer.
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line won Best Collaboration for 'Meant To Be', while Alessia Cara accepted the award for Video of the Year on behalf of her collaborators Logic and Khalid for their powerful single '1-800-273-8255'.
While we wish all of the winners had been there to accept their wins, it was an incredible show and we couldn't be prouder of all of them!
Words: Ross McNeilage