MTV EMA 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

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Slash performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, U2, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran and Enrique Iglesias all lit up the stage at Sunday's 2014 MTV European Music Awards, but behind the scenes it was a riotous cacophony of shocking diva tantrums, rock-star hissy fits and preening pop-star indulgence.

Well, maybe not, as it turns out. But there were some nice folks wearing their Sunday best as they made their way down the red carpet before the show began.

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Below, we bring you the gossip, backstage drama (or lack thereof) and our observations from behind the scenes at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena. In keeping with the event taking place in Scotland, all times are GMT.

5:04 p.m.: Billboard takes its place on the long, immaculately hovered red carpet. Directly behind us, dozens of angry Scottish teens -- who are positioned either side of the runway -- are chanting, "Sort it out! Sort it out!" at the organizers. No one quite knows why, but whatever they're angry about soon gets sorted. The wait for the stars begins…

5:19 p.m.: We're still waiting.

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5:27 p.m.: Grande's "Problem" plays over the PA, provoking the first sing-along of the evening.

5:41 p.m.: There's a sudden burst of activity at the far end of the carpet as a phalanx of publicists and MTV staff appear. Are we about to see someone famous? The answer turns out to be no.

5:52 p.m.: Noise levels hit the roof as our first star of the evening arrives! Oh, hang on. It's RedFoo. Still, at least he's dressed for the occasion, wearing a kilt, an armless studded leather jacket and checked red shirt.

5:54 p.m.: Having waited close to an hour for literally anyone to appear, two guests arrive in quick succession as Sheeran and Charli XCX enter the room to wild screams. Both take it in their stride.

6 p.m: RedFoo starts dancing -- well, more grinding against MTV host Laura Whitmore. She's facing the other direction so it's hard to tell if she's pleased or not. Charli XCX walks down the carpet and completely snubs the waiting media. "She's off my Christmas card list," utters a journalist further down the line. Meanwhile, Sheeran starts posing for the first of what will prove to be hundreds of fan photos.

6:09 p.m.: Sheeran makes the rounds, politely answering whatever query is put his way. A good 12 hours before the new version of the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas" is officially announced, Sheeran confirms he will be taking part. "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that," he immediately adds before revealing that he first learned of the charity project from Coldplay's Chris Martin. "So I was already onboard before I was onboard, if that makes sense," says the singer, who is wearing a brand new pair of Nike Air Jordans.

6:15 p.m.: Charli XCX reappears to speak to the press! She tells Billboard that she's wearing a Moschino by Jeremy Scott dress accessorised with towering pom-pom heels and Missoni bag because she wanted to "look like Barbie."

6:18 p.m.: A journalist next to Billboard asks Charli XCX for her advice for getting over a messy breakup. "Have really rough sex with someone new," she responds.

6:22 p.m.: RedFoo talks us through his look and confirms that he's wearing a kilt "proper Scottish style, baby -- commando. Missiles and grenades ready to go."

6:27 p.m.: An open-mouthed Grande looks visibly moved as the crowd breaks into an impromptu version of "Break Free."

6:36 p.m.: Skylar Grey talks to Billboard about her new record, which she plans to release sometime next year. "I've been having an awesome time. I live in Utah in the mountains and I've been writing in solitude and it's great. There's no collaborations as of yet and I might keep it that way."

6:40 p.m.: RedFoo works the room like a consummate pro, conducting crowd sing-alongs and taking photographs with 92.4 percent of the crowd.

6:43 p.m.: Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro enter the room to a massive cheer. The following mash-up of bagpipes and house music, which plays over the PA, gets a more muted response.

6:54 p.m.: Biffy Clyro singer Simon Neil tells us how the people of Glasgow have embraced the EMA. "The spirit and the passion of people here is very special and people have a real pride of the city."

7:07 p.m.: His music catalog is, shall we say, less than remarkable, but that doesn't stop David Hasselhoff from getting some of the loudest cheers of the night so far as he makes his way down the carpet in full Scottish regalia.

7:20 p.m.: Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon make their way down the line, with Sharon affectionately wrapping her arm around her husband every time they stop to speak to someone. A journalist asks Ozzy, "Do you like events like this?" His brilliantly frank answer: "No. Not really. I come, but I'd rather be at home or in the pub with a pint."

7:31 p.m.: The red carpet closes and we make our way into the main arena to take our seats for the show. No press are allowed backstage from this point on, so we'll be watching events unfold from just above the "Glamour Pit," where artists and presenters mingle.

8 p.m.: "It's November 2014 and this is the MTV EMAs!" hollers Minaj to open the show.

8:02 p.m.: Grande delivers the first performance of the night with a medley of "Problem"and "Break Free." She may be petite, but she covers a lot of ground during the two-song medley, most notably by flying through the air in a '60s bubble chair.

8:10 p.m.: The off-camera compere reads out an audience banner for Sheeran that simply says: "I want to have your ginger babies."

8:15 p.m.: Royal Blood fill the SSE Hydro with crushing riffs and thunderously pummelled drums as the Brit duo play "Figure It Out."

8:20 p.m.: Literally nothing happens during the ad break, so we nip out for some much-needed refreshment. Four extravagantly dressed drag queens are standing by the hospitality bar. Not sure if they're part of the show or not.

8:24 p.m.: Fearful of making an embarrassing slip, Minaj is assisted by two security guards as she walks down the stairs in her towering high heels from the secondary presenting stage.

8:34 p.m.: There's a lot of shuffling about in the Glamour Pit below, but few recognizable faces. A couple is unceremoniously ushered off the front-row sofa to make way for someone else.

8:35 p.m.: Dozens of crew frantically sweep the stage during an ad break while Robin Thicke's performance of "Blurred Lines" from last year's EMA plays on the video screens. There will be no slips or stage accidents tonight.

8:45 p.m.: U2 play a beautifully soulful version "Every Breaking Wave" from their new album, Songs of Innocence, and 10,000 teenagers in the audience message their parents to ask who the old guys onstage are. Further evidence of Larry Mullen being the coolest member of the band can be seen when he casually strolls to the stage a good minute after the song begins, arriving at his kit with literally seconds to spare before the drums kick in. He's also the first to leave the stage.

9:02 p.m.: Slash visibly struggles to read the autocue when he presents Ozzy Osbourne with the Global Icon award. Watching from the Glamour Pit, Sharon gives a valedictory shake of her hands when Ozzy collects his award to wild applause. "I don't know where they get this icon shit from," states the shuffling Prince of Darkness.

9:21 p.m.: The nominees for the Worldwide Act category are read out. By some distance the two acts that receive the loudest cheers from the audience are One Direction and Five Seconds of Summer. In an unexpected surprise, Chinese singer Bibi Zhou wins the award.

9:37 p.m.: Minaj plays golf as she putts a hole in one into a model of her generously proportioned butt. As much as we'd love to reveal that this was, in fact, TV trickery and she needed several goes to putt the ball, it would be a huge lie.

10:02 p.m.: Despite being positioned several hundred feet from the stage, the heat from the closing pyrotechnic display as Slash, Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and Myles Kennedy perform a rocking version of "Crazy Train" in tribute to Ozzy, can be felt in the hospitality seats. It proves a suitably explosive climax to the night.


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