By Michael Lopez
One of the things we love about the MTV Europe Music Awards (or EMA’s as they’re commonly called) is the fact that a Latino will always walk away with an award. With categories like Best Latin American Act and Best Brazilian Act, you know you’re in for some strong bilingual talent and this year was no exception.
Tr3s faves Panda walked away with Best Latin America North Act, while Colombian up-and-comers Don Tetto beat out Juanes for Best Latin America Central Act. Sao Paulo’s Restart won Best Brazilian Act, which could be the start of some very big things to come for the young pop quartet.
Pitbull certainly came close to winning a few EMA’s and showed up to the ceremony to perform his “controversial” hit “Don’t Stop The Party.” He also posted plenty of Twitpix showcasing the massive stage at Germany’s Festhalle Frankfurt.
“Getting ready…daleeeeee!!! #mtvema,” Pit Tweeted along with an instagram.
— Pitbull (@Pitbull) November 11, 2012
And though the evening was full of international flair, American pop stars seemed to be the dominant force. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” beat out hits from Mr. 305 and Rihanna for Best Song. Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift were the winners in the Best Male and Female categories (respectively) and thrashers Linkin Park took down Best Rock Act.
Heidi Klum hosted the festivities and handed out additional statues to One Directon (for Biggest Fans), Nicki Minaj (for Best Hip-Hop) and David Guetta (for Best Electronic). Best Video went to one-hit-wonder Psy for his addictive YouTube hit “Gangnam Style.”
This year’s EMA’s had plenty of memorable moments too, including an entire stage made out to look like a circus tent. Swift kept with the theme, stepping out in a glittery ringmaster outfit to perform “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” And for the record, Taylor was THE lady of the night, taking down three awards.
Kim Kardashian caught some attention too, but more in the chisme department. The reality queen nearly took a tumble on the stage while presenting the night’s Best Song.
Undoubtedly the most interesting performance belonged to Carly Rae, who literally crowd surfed during the middle of her “Maybe” hit. Other big musical moments came from No Doubt, Fun and The Killers. Alicia Keys added a poignant touch to the evening, channeling Whitney Houston for a tribute song.
“Whitney Houston had an incredible ability to captivate and mezmerise us,” Alicia told the crowd. “As a little girl I looked up to her so much, and seeing her perform with that voice and that presence allowed me to dream of creating music that touched people in the same way.”
You can see all of the EMA highlights by visiting the official MTV Europe Music Awards site.
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