So the award show felt decidedly less crowded than other red carpets with big names.
English singer Dua Lipa also turned heads with her deep V-neck Saint Laurent floral print mini dress.
The awards ceremony celebrates the musical acts and music videos that drew the most popularity in Europe that year, with winners being determined by online fan votes.
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Hauwa Ojeifo, a Nigerian mental health activist, has won the first-ever MTV EMA Generation Change Award.
Grand prize victor of the MTV EMA in 2017 with three awards including best artist, the canadian singer Shawn Mendes has won the title of best artist live. "Women, our voices will be heard!" Ariana Grande, who did not attend, was shut out of all five of her nominations.
"I'm sick, I'm repulsed, I'm infuriated by the double standards that continue to treat women as second-class citizens", she continued.
"The american singer Janet Jackson, for more than three decades on stage, has been awarded the title of" Icon global", an award already assigned in previous editions to U2, Queen, Whitney Houston, or Eminem. She delivered her heart-torn "Without Me" while chained inside a large transparent cube.
The MTV EMAs is held in a different European city each year, with winners selected by fans across the continent.