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Tiwa Savage wins MTV Europe Music Awards as Cuban Camila Cabello rakes home multiple honours

Nigeria’s sensational songstress, Tiwa Savage has won the ‘Best African Act’ category, in the competition that included Davido, Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Nyashinnski (Kenya) and Shekinah (South Africa).

She was the only Nigerian winner at the event held Sunday night at the Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain.

In a post on her Instagram page, Tiwa wrote; “Almighty God, you ARE so faithful. My savage soldiers you did this for us. You’ve stuck with me through the roller coasters, THANK YOU
“To my amazing team, this is just the beginning.
“African Woman, this is for US. I’ve been through a lot but I’ve kept my head up and weathered the storm because I know some little girl somewhere is dreaming like I did.”

However, Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was the top winner as raked home multiple awards.

Cabello won “Best Song,” “Best Artist,” “Best Video” and “Best U.S. Act” in a show that featured a stellar performance from Janet Jackson.

Camila Cabello poses with her awards during the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards at Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Bilbao, Spain, November 4, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Cabello, 21, who already led the pack at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, urged her fans in the United States to vote in the 2018 midterm elections as she walked the red carpet in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao.

The singer, who rose to fame as a member of the girl group “Fifth Harmony,” formed on the U.S. edition of the X-Factor, said she relished being seen as a role model.

“I feel like the message for me has always been just like do what makes you happy, even if it’s scary, it’s worth it to take the risk because your happiness is your responsibility,” Cabello said.

“That’s always been my message and I talk about it a lot but I feel like it’s a good message. And yes, very important, go vote!” she said.

Jackson, who received a “Global Icon” award, sang hits of her 40-year career over four stages and surrounded by African drummers, flame torches, firebreathers and more than 20 dancers.

The show took place at Bilbao’s exhibition center and was hosted by Hailee Steinfeld, who performed “Back to Life,” a song that will feature on the soundtrack of her forthcoming movie Bumblebee.

One of the hits of the night was Spanish Flamenco-inspired artist Rosalia singing “Malamente” after rolling on stage in a gigantic truck.

Five-time winners of MTV Europe Music Awards, English rock band Muse also made a splash by performing “Pressure” from Bilbao’s world-famous soccer stadium San Mames.

Other notable performances included Bebe Rexha singing “I’m a Mess” while in a bathtub surrounded by nurses and 100 dancers and Halsey performing “Without Me” surrounded by rainfall.

The show was opened by Nicki Minaj with her new hit “Good Form,” followed by her collaboration with Little Mix “Woman Like Me.” Minaj also received the awards for “Best Look” and “Best Hip-Hop.”

American D.J. Marshmello, who won “Best Electronic,” closed out the night alongside Anne-Marie with their hit “FRIENDS” and alongside Bastille with “Happier.” The performance was also among the public as hundreds of Marshmello inflated balls flooded the venue for the finale.

Other winners included Dua Lipa, who took the “Best Pop,” Shawn Mendes who won “Best Live” and 5 Seconds of Summer who received “Best Rock.”

Here’s the full list of 2018 MTV EMA winners:

BEST ARTIST
Camila Cabello

BEST VIDEO
Camila Cabello – “Havana” ft. Young Thug

BEST SONG
Camila Cabello – “Havana” ft. Young Thug

BEST POP
Dua Lipa

BEST NEW
Cardi B

BEST LOOK
Nicki Minaj

BEST HIP-HOP
Nicki Minaj

BEST LIVE
Shawn Mendes

BEST ROCK
5 Seconds of Summer

BEST ALTERNATIVE
Panic! At The Disco

BEST ELECTRONIC
Marshmello

BIGGEST FANS
BTS

BEST WORLD STAGE
Alessia Cara, MTV Spotlight at Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

BEST PUSH
Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)

BEST US ACT (WORLDWIDE ACT*)
Camila Cabello

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