And Ottawa-based A Tribe Called Red won trophies for best video for “R.E.D.” and best director for Kevan Funk.
And for the throngs of fans who waited for hours, there was a mesmerizing music video-like quality of nearly all of the night’s performances, like dancers jumping on a bed (Julia Michaels), fancy 3D lighting (Iggy Azaela) and marching bands with confetti (Imagine Dragons).
Other performers at the Toronto ceremony included Jonas” group DNCE, which performed “Kissing Strangers.’ Lorde, who closed out the MMVAs with a rendition of ‘Green Light, ‘ was named best worldwide artist, while Imagine Dragons won for best global group just days ahead of their third album, Evolve, coming out on June 23. More will be added as they become available.
“It’s such a fun thing to watch”, Wilkinson said. In other prize-giving, Ed Sheeran was named best worldwide artist, Shawn Mendes won for best pop video with “Mercy“, Grimes earned the best EDM/Dance video for “Venus Fly“, and The Tragically Hip won for best rock/alternative video for “In a World Possessed by the Human Mind“.
“Canada was one of the first places to go ‘Hey, we like this little weirdo.’ So thank you”, she said in her acceptance speech.
The show, which featured 10 performances from artists including Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Iggy Azalea, has developed a reputation as a big, lively party backstage. “Aside from the Kids’ Choice Awards, no show is so involved with the fans”.
The one that got the crowd cheering the most was the move to legalize recreational marijuana. One Directioner-turned-solo artist Niall Horan was named Fan Fave International Artist or Group and also performed single Slow Hands at the event, while Justin Bieber took home the award for Fan Fave Artist or Group.
The most colourful moments came before the show at the red carpet ceremony.