The MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) have spent more than two decades hop-scotching across the continent’s bottomless circuit of iconic cities, from recent stops in Milan, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Madrid to its inaugural acts in the global hubs of London and Paris.
The spotlight shines very bright with a stage that big, and it takes someone at the pulsing vanguard of pop culture to stand at the center of it all. Past hosts have proven equal to the enormity of the moment, with a register that includes Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and Ruby Rose, among many others.
There’s little doubt she belongs. Her No Broken Hearts video with Nicki Minaj has passed 125 million views on YouTube since posting in April:
Think she’s excited about hosting?
So are we. Earlier this week, MTV welcomed Rexha to its Times Square studio, where MTV News’ Sway sat down to ask her exactly how cool it was to host the EMAs. The whole thing streamed on Facebook Live.
“I grew up watching MTV, ever since I was a little girl,” Rexha says. “I’ve watched all the award shows, and to be a part of something and make history is so incredible.”
You can watch the whole conversation below, along with Rexha’s show promo:
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot:
The EMAs had already acknowledged Rexha’s enormous talent with a 2015 nomination for best collaboration, with David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack on the song “Hey Mama.” This year, she’s nominated for “best new act” and “best push act.” You can vote for your favorite nominees here.
While she’s currently racking up tens of millions of views for her solo work, Rexha first broke through as a songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Pitbull and Nicki Minaj. How good is Rexha? Her writing credits include the smash hit Monster from legendary wordsmith Eminem and Rihanna.
The 2016 EMAs will take place at Ahoy Rotterdam arena on Nov. 6, 2016. Learn more about Rexha here, including which European nation her parents emigrated from to New York City and which article of clothing she’s obsessed with. View all the nominees of the 23rd annual event here.