The 24th annual MTV EMA Awards will be an evening of world-class performances from some of the biggest music acts on the planet. For the first time since 1996, the festivities take place in London, home to iconic bands such as Oasis and the Spice Girls, as well as this year’s host: global superstar Rita Ora.
Ora’s EMA resume is robust. She opened the ceremony in 2012 with a performance of her hit song R.I.P., presented Eminem with his Best Hip Hop Award in 2013, and is an eight-time EMA award nominee.
The model, singer and dancer’s career began with a chart-topping debut album, Ora. She’s collaborated with stars like Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea for a number of hits, and was most recently a judge on The X Factor and the host of VH1’s America’s Next Top Model.
“Rita is a multi-talented star who’s been an MTV core artist for over half of a decade,” said Viacom International Head of Music and Talent Bruce Gillmer in a press release. “She’s the perfect hometown hero to lead the 2017 MTV EMAs, which promises to be the year’s ultimate global music celebration.”
Watch Ora discuss hosting the EMA:
The EMA Awards include categories for diverse genres, including EDM, pop, rock, hip-hop and alternative music. There’s a category for best live music and best world stage, the latter of which gives props to the best international performances. This year, nominees include DJ Steve Aoki for the Isle of MTV in Malta, and Foo Fighters for a gig aired from Barcelona.
International sensation Taylor Swift leads the way with six nominations—which isn’t surprising, considering how Look What You Made Me Do made its world premiere at the MTV VMAs in August and quickly broke records on YouTube and Spotify.
Global sensation Shawn Mendes is close behind Swift with five nominations, including Best Song and Best Artist.
Check out the nominees:
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And you don’t have to live in London to get in the EMA Groove. Fans from around the world can join the party by following @MTVEMA on social media for the latest updates and visiting the EMA website, which features this exclusive playlist, curated by MTV to feature hits from this year’s nominees.
Click here to cast your vote, and check out the full list of nominees below. The 2017 EMA Awards air live from London on Sunday, November 12.
BEST US ACT
BEST CANADIAN ACT
Clean Bandit – Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
DJ Khaled – Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – Despacito (Remix) ft. Justin Bieber
Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Foo Fighters – Run
Katy Perry – Bon Appétit ft. Migos
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE.
KYLE – iSpy ft. Lil Yachty
Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
BEST HIP HOP
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars
The Head And The Heart
BEST WORLD STAGE
Steve Aoki – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2016
Kings of Leon – Live from Oude Luxor Theatre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
DNCE – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017
Foo Fighters – Live from Barcelona, Spain 2017