Ed Sheeran secured two big wins at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in Budapest when stars came together to celebrate the LGBT community.
The British singer-songwriter opened a trunk to receive his best artist award before securing the best song for Bad Habits as well.
Sheeran – who wore a suit of yellow, orange, green and more for the occasion – had opened the EMAs when she returned to a personal live show after the ceremony was held virtually last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saweetie hosted the flagship event in the Hungarian capital and led the support of the LGBT community.
The rapper insisted that “it is always important that we respect one another” as she relaxed on a bikini chaise longue in a fake spa location – a nod to Budapest’s spa culture.
The US star, who took on several looks throughout the show, added to the enthusiastic audience: “That’s why it’s so important that we stand up for the LGBTQ + community.”
MTV was recently at the awards venue, despite the country’s recent enactment of laws widely condemned as anti-LGBT.
Korean pop superstars BTS won four awards including Best Pop and Best Group, but Justin Bieber couldn’t win a single category, despite topping the list with eight nominations.
Yungblud, who closed the ceremony with a fire-laden performance, declared his best alternative award a “tribute to individualism”.
The British star recalled being “scared” as a teenager about who he wanted to be.
He added, “If you are out there and you feel like you can’t be who you are, you can be.
“Keep fighting, stay brilliant.”
Years And Years singer Olly Alexander, who showcased the best video, added to the nominee, “You all support same-sex adoption because family is family.”
Lil Nas X received the award for Montero (Call Me By Your Name).
He accepted the award via a pre-recorded video, claiming he had to “work his shift at Taco Bell”.
The British singer and actress Rita Ora presented the award for the best Latino to the Colombian singer Maluma.
German-born pop star Kim Petras was the first transgender performer at the awards ceremony, while Maneskin, who won the best rock category ahead of Coldplay and Foo Fighters, played among the other acts.
At some point, Saweetie went from host to award winner when she emerged as the winner in the best new category.
She thanked God and her family before praising her fans for supporting them “since I rattled in my car.”
She added, “This is just the beginning.”
The stars present also made it clear on the red carpet how important the ceremony in Budapest is.
Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic told PA News Agency, “It sends a big message.
“I come from an extremely conservative, right-wing city and family and religious community, so until I was 20 I had the same thoughts as ‘Oh, this is bad, this is good’.
“And now I sit here and think it’s absurd that we even have to make these statements that everyone is equal and shows love and equality.
“These are things that should have been the absolute foundation of the Constitution and of humanity for the past 100 years, but it takes people a minute to catch up and I think we finally caught up.”
Northern Irish singer JC Stewart said it was “a dream come true” to attend the EMAs and be nominated for an award after busking outside the event a decade ago.
He told PA: “It’s pretty crazy, a dream came true for me – I was busking outside the EMAs in Belfast 10 years ago so I never thought I’d be here today. It’s all a little bit much in a nice way. “
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