The K-Pop boy band BTS walked away with four honours at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2020 including Best Song, while singer Armaan Malik won the Best India Act.
Armaan won for his pop single “Control”, beating competition from Kaam Bhaari, Siri x Sez On The Beat, Divine and Prabh Deep.
BTS won four of the five EMAs for which they were nominated. They won Best Group for the third year in a row.
“We’ll keep working hard to be a group that can touch the hearts of people and give them hope through music,” member RM said in their acceptance speech.
The South Korean pop group also won Best Song for “Dynamite”, Best Fans and Best Virtual Live for Bang Bang Con awards.
The girl band Little Mix hosted the event, which was filmed in various locations including London and Budapest. The group also performed their new single, “Sweet melody”. Other performers included Alicia Keys, Doja Cat, Sam Smith and Zara Larsson.
Lady Gaga won the Best Artist prize, Cardi B picked up the Best Hip Hop award, Coldplay won Best Rock, Haley Williams won for Best Alternative music and Little Mix was named for Best Pop award. The award for Best Latin music went to Karol G, who also won Best Collaboration for “Tusa” featuring Nicki Minaj.
David Guetta, who won in the Best Electronic category, also performed at the show from a stage in Budapest. Singer-songwriter YUNGBLUD won Best Push and Doja Cat took home the Best New Artist award.
The artistes and bands accepted their awards and spoke to fans around the world in pre-recorded videos.
Like most award shows this year, the event was a virtual one owing to the Covid pandemic. In India, it was streamed on Voot Select and aired on Vh1 India on November 9.
Dedicates Award to Indian kids
Singer Armaan Malik bagged his first MTV Europe Music Award, which he has dedicated to Indian kids who dare to dream and work hard to make it come true.
Armaan won the Best India Act award for his first English single “Control”, which had released in March.
“I’ve just had the most unreal year so far, and this win at the EMAs just made it better by a million notches! ‘Control’ is my debut English single and to have received this kind of love, support, and recognition at a global level so early on in my journey makes me really emotional,” said the 25-year-old.
“I want to thank all my ‘Armaanians’ across the world who voted for me without whom this would not have been possible. They just shower me with so much love and I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet! Last but not least, this win is dedicated to all those young Indian kids who dare to dream and work hard to make them come true, this is for you. Dream on,” he added.
Armaan was nominated alongside artistes like Divine, Prabh Deep and Kaam Bhaari.
The awards ceremony was streamed live on Voot Select and aired on Vh1 India on November 9.
Meanwhile, in 2020, Armaan released several songs including his second English single “Next 2 me”.
“I have two singles in the pipeline and will release by the end of the year. One is in Hindi and the other is in English. I also have some international collaborations planned for 2021,” Armaan informed.