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MTV EMAs winners and losers: The Edge gives hilarious acceptance speech for U2's Global Icon award

U2 win Global Icon award, Taylor Swift fails to win one of six nominations while Shawn Mendes bags three

U2 on stage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2017 held at The SSE Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 12, 2017. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
U2 on stage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2017 held at The SSE Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 12, 2017. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

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Shawn Mendes was the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards in London while Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Coldplay were also among those taking home prizes.

The 19-year-old singer managed to scoop three gongs at the annual awards ceremony - which was held at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London - including Best Artist, Biggest Fans and Best Song for summer smash hit 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back'.

Speaking to collect his Best Artist award, Shawn - who was at the award show with his nan - said: "Thank you to my fans. I love you guys. Also, the artists in this category are some people I've looked up to my entire life and to be nominated alongside them, it's crazy. Thank you for that. Thank you to my label, to my manager Andrew and my nan, who came with me tonight."

And speaking to Laura Whitmore, Shawn - who performed his award-winning track for the crowd earlier in the night - thanked his fans for being part of his "incredible" performance.

He gushed: "It was incredible. You guys are awesome. Thank you so much for singing. Thank you."

U2 won the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs.

The legendary group - which includes Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - were honoured at the awards ceremony in The SSE Arena, Wembley, north west London on Sunday night.

The band were handed the award by singer and actor Jared Leto, who spoke of how the group had "changed his life".

He said: "U2 changed my life. I discovered their seminal album 'The Joshua Tree' and it became the soundtrack of my youth ... U2 isn’t just a band, it’s a way of life. Their songs, our prayers, their concerts, a church. They challenge us, they inspire us and they remind us that every moment in our lives is an opportunity to rise above and be part of the possibilities of life, rather than its problems.

"They teach us it’s okay to mix art and politics, and sometimes - even better - to start a revolution and say f**k you. 157 million records sold, 22 Grammys and the highest-grossing concert tour in the history of the world. One love, one blood, one life."

Once the band were on stage, The Edge quipped that he was the "one boss" of the band.

He joked: "We’ve been making music together for a long time. People always ask, ‘How have you kept your band together?' ... There has to be one boss, one leader, one guy who calls the shots. It’s not an easy gig, let me tell you, but I could not have done this without these guys' support. Truly, they are the wind beneath my wings."

And when the microphone was passed over to Bono, instead of an acceptance speech, he gave the crowd a rendition of Stormzy's track 'Blinded By Your Grace'.

Elsewhere, former Fifth Harmony star Camila Cabello scooped the Best Pop award, which she dedicated to her fans.

She said: "Wow this is so cool! I just want to say thank you to my fans. I love you guys so much. You guys make me feel like the luckiest girl in the entire world.

"I just want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much MTV, thank you so much to my entire team back here, you know who you are. I love you guys. Thank you so much."

Zayn Malik won Best Look whilst Dua Lipa won Best New Artist. Kendrick Lamar picked up Best Video for 'Humble' whilst Ed Sheeran took home the prize for Best Live Act. Best Push went to Hailee Steinfield and The Chainsmokers picked up the Best World Stage for their performance at Isle of MTV Malta 2017. U2 were honoured with the Global Icon Award.

At the end of the ceremony, host Rita Ora announced that the 2018 EMAs would be taking place in Bilbao, Spain.

Here are all the winners of this year’s EMAs.

:: Best song – Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holding Me Back

:: Best artist – Shawn Mendes

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:: Best look – Zayn Malik

:: Best new – Dua Lipa

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:: Best pop – Camila Cabello

:: Best video – Kendrick Lamar – Humble

:: Best live – Ed Sheeran

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:: Best electronic – David Guetta

:: Best rock – Coldplay

:: Best hip-hop – Eminem

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:: Best alternative – 30 Seconds To Mars

:: Biggest fans – Shawn Mendes

:: Best push – Hailee Steinfeld

:: Best world stage – The Chainsmokers

:: Best Worldwide Act - UK & Ireland - Stormzy

:: Global Icon Award - U2

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