Glasgow EMAs roundup
Boy band One Direction were the big winners at the 2014 MTV EMAs, the group won three awards for Best Live Act, Best Fans and Best Pop Act.
You stupid f****** dinosaur. Get the f*** out of here. That dinosaur has been getting on my f****** nerves all night. I am sorry if I cursed but I am Nicki Minaj.
One of the biggest disappointments of the night, alongside Calvin Harris’ non appearance was the boy bands failure to appear in person and collect their trio of prizes.
“Hostess with the most-ess” Nikki Minaj, ensured the crowd wouldn’t be downhearted, and she endeared herself to the Glasgow crowd, with her vivacious and bubbly personality. Rather spectacularly on the night, she also impressed with an impromptu acapella rap about Glasgow and Scotland. Immediately following her rap Minaj broke into a few of the lyrics to 500 miles by the Proclaimers.
She said. “Tonight I’m Scottish, I made a rap,” and then continued with a rap that had a more than a couple expletives, leaving the censors with no choice but possibly tear their hair out.
She finished with. “Queen that’s what they call me, ballin with the Tartan Army,” and then broke into her rendition of 500 miles.
Every Glaswegian knows that, the Proclaimers are actually from that well known suburb of Glasgow…Edinburgh. The crowd still enjoyed the little rendition though. (Let’s be honest, with the average age range of the audience being in the teens, having Nicki Minaj sing “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart could have left 90% per cent of the crowd bewildered.)
Minaj had reason to celebrate on the night after winning Best Hip Hop and also showcased her brand new single, “Bed of Lies” with a live performance from herself and Skylar Grey, and judging by the reaction of the local crowd is set to guarantee Minaj a worldwide smash.
There’s a slight chance that the massive worldwide television audience watching at home, and the increase in publicity that Minaj will receive for presenting and winning Best Hip Hop will give the song a timely boost. (As if it needs it.)
Best Male was awarded to Justin Bieber, sadly the Canadian youngster also failed to attend the awards ceremony. (Although in relation to his recent well publicised brushes with authority, Bieber would have most likely ended the weekend an arrest warrant and a night in the cells. following an altercation in Sauchiehall Street.)
David Hasselhoff every inch the star, turned up at the awards ceremony rocking a tartan kilt and traditional Scottish attire, including sporran, matching shirt and waistcoat, to the absolute delight of the home crowd.
One of the highlights of the awards included the former Baywatch television star and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Hasselhoff, painted in imitation woad, dressed as Mel Gibson in Braveheart, became BraveHoss/Hasselheart. (Seriously if you didn’t watch the awards, check out the clip on the MTV website.)
The evergreen ex Knight Rider star presented Best Female to superstar in waiting, Ariana Grande’, who appeared on the Glasgow stage without her trademark ponytail, instead letting her luscious locks flow free.
Ariana Grande’ had multiple reasons to celebrate at the MTV EMAs, after securing two awards, the afore mentioned Best Female, and Grande’ also triumphed with Best Song for Problem ft Iggy Azeala.
Thankfully the MTV EMAs weren’t exclusively pop orientated, with performances from Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil and Slash from Guns and Roses re-enacting their storming Friday night team up at the O2 Academy.
They performed Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train in honour of the “Prince of Darkness” being awarded Global Icon.
30 Seconds to Mars picked up best Alternative and new boy band on the scene, 5 Seconds of Summer won Best New and Push both unfortunately couldn’t appear at the Glasgow award ceremony.
U2 proved that they can still captivate an audience and led Glasgow with a heartbreaking rendition of “Every Breaking Wave” from their Songs of Innocence album. Partner in crime, The Edge played alongside Bono on stage, but played piano instead of his signature guitar.
Many critics will argue that Bono has lost some of the vocal range expressed throughout U2’s 30 something year career. However his on stage charisma has never been more more prominent and as a front man, effortlessly enchanted the entire crowd. (Many of whom will probably struggle to name any of U2’s back catalogue.)
Although several of the acts failed to appear and accept their awards in person (Katy Perry and Beyonce amongst others) compere’ Nicki Minaj kept the home crowds excitement peaked with her natural rapport, (and plenty of frock changes.)
MTV included performances from Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande’ and an unlikely win for Chinese singing sensation Bibi Zhou combined you had the ingredients for a fantastic night, Glasgow would struggle to forget.
Nicki Minaj wasn’t done yet though. She shocked the censors and cemented her rep as the bad girl of Hip-hop. Hoping to emulate Ellen Degeneres’ famous Oscar selfie, Minaj ended up being photobombed by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. (Only at the MTV EMAs).
On discovering the photograph, gatecrashing reptile, she screamed. “You stupid f****** dinosaur. Get the f*** out of here. That dinosaur has been getting on my f****** nerves all night. I am sorry if I cursed but I am Nicki Minaj.”
The capacity crowd at the SSE Hydro cheered in delight at Minaj’s outrageous outburst.
It appeared that in a battle to the death, the T-Rex wouldn’t stand a chance against the fearsome Anaconda.
Glasgow would agree.