5 Must-See Moments at the 2010 MTV European Music Awards
The MTV European Music Awards 2010, held this weekend (Nov. 7) in Madrid, were stacked with powerhouse performances -- including Linkin Park, B.o.B. and Paramore's Hayley Williams, and Miley Cyrus -- and memorable moments. Billboard.com counts down our top five favorites.
The EMA's first Global Icon Award recipient Bon Jovi and "Only Girl in the World" Rihanna surprised audiences with a duet of "Livin' On a Prayer" during the EMA pre-show party on Nov. 6. The song showed to be a crowd favorite when Bon Jovi began the number with an acapella rendition -- and the audience's voices almost overshadowed the singer's crooning. "Prayer" spent the longest time at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 of any of Bon Jovi's hits, holding the top spot for four weeks starting in February 1987.
Video: Bon Jovi and Rihanna Duet on "Livin' On a Prayer" at EMAs 2010
It's good to know Lady Gaga doesn't need a dressing room or to be in the audience of an award show to ensure she has a different outfit for every accolade. The current queen of pop accepted three awards from her concert in Budapest, giving a thank you speech to for each trophy from the stage of her show. She even treated the EMA audience to an impromptu singing performance of "Teeth" during her acceptance speech for "Best Song" ("Bad Romance"). "Come on MTV, show us your teeth!" Gaga belts out, before getting low with James Brown-esque moves.
Video: Lady Gaga Wins "Best Song," Improvises "Teeth" at EMAs 2010
30 Seconds to Mars has a reputation for larger-than-life arena shows, but at this year's EMAs the band gave Madrid a surprise no one saw coming -- Kanye West. The rapper joined the rockers on stage for their collaborative song "Hurricane," before 30STM frontman Jared Leto turned over all mic powers to West for a rendition of his song "Power."
Video: 30 Seconds To Mars Brings Out Kanye West at EMAs 2010
Shakira kicked off the 2010 EMAs broadcast with "Loca," on which she was joined by UK rapper Dizzee Rascal for their first-ever live performance together. Dizzee dropped it like it was hot, before Shakira, whose hips always drop it like it's hot, moved into her World Cup anthem, "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)." The Colombian songstress was also honored with MTV's "Free You Mind" Award" that night, for her contributions toward ending world illiteracy.
Video: Shakira Performs "Loca" and "Waka Waka" with Dizzee Rascal at EMAs 2010
Rihanna brought her own flowers to the stage of the EMAs for her performance of "Only Girl (In the World)." The singer was surrounded by red and yellow flowers, just like in the song's official video, and strutted her stuff across the stage. We're guessing that crown is for hottest diva of the night.
Video: Rihanna Performs "The Only Girl (In the World)" at the EMAs 2010
Complete List of Winners, MTV European Music Awards 2010:
Best Video: Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, "California Gurls"
Best Song: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
Best Female: Lady Gaga
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Pop: Lady Gaga
Best Rock: 30 Seconds To Mars
Best Alternative: Paramore
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best New Act: Ke$ha
Best Live Act: Linkin Park
Best World Stage Performance: Tokio Hotel
Best Push Act: Justin Bieber
Global Icon Award: Bon Jovi
Free Your Mind Award: Shakira