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Tuesday 17 October 2017

U2 rock centre stage at MTV bash for the fourth time

U2 on stage at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards last night. Photo: Reuters
U2 on stage at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards last night. Photo: Reuters
U2's bassist Adam Clayton performs on stage during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
The Edge and Bono of U2 perform during the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards at the the SSE Hydro in Glasgow (Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

U2 rocked the MTV EMA stage in Glasgow last night.

The awards show - hosted by US rapper Nicki Minaj in the Hydro arena - included performances by Ed Sheeran, Slash, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande among others.

It was the fourth time the Irish band have played at the EMAs, having last done so in Berlin in 2009.

U2 reached the top 10 of the album charts for the 16th time last month with 'Songs Of Innocence'. The album was controversially released for free via iTunes in September.

It was the first time the awards were held in Glasgow, having have previously been staged in Edinburgh.

The Irish group were recently named the longest-running band on the planet by the rock bible 'Rolling Stone'. They won the accolade of the longest active group in the world with no breaks or line-up changes.

The four Dubliners - who originally got together during their schooldays in 1978 - have been together for 36 years.

Grande (21) was named best female artist and also took the best-single prize for "Problem," one of a string of hits she's had this year.

Minaj proved a confident if conventional host for the show, and she also took home the prize for best hip-hop artist.

"I've been learning so much about your beautiful country and culture ... I've pretty much become Scottish," Minaj said.

She illustrated it by rapping about whiskey and shortbread and singing a snippet of Scottish band The Proclaimers' anthem "500 Miles."

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