Taylor Swift wins big at 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards
Taylor Swift won four of the top awards at the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday (13 November).
Across her six nominations, the 32-year-old singer took home best video and best longform video award for her 10-minute version of “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” as well as best artist and best pop at the ceremony held at the PSD Bank Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Harry Styles, Nicki Minaj, Muse and Gorillaz were among the global stars who also picked up top awards from the 20 gender-neutral categories.
Swift thanked her fans during her acceptance speeches.
“You’re the reason that anything has every happened to me,” she said.
Her first prize for best longform video was presented by John Lennon’s son and singer Julian.
Collecting the award she said: “I have been writing and directing my music video for a long time but this was the first short film I have made and I felt like I learned so much about myself of how making film can be a natural extension of my storytelling just like songwriting.”
Swift also thanked actors Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink who starred in the music video, which also later picked up best video, seeing off competition from Harry Styles’s “As It Was,” Blackpink’s “Pink Venom,” Doja Cat’s “Woman,” Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl.”
Let’s tally up @taylorswift13's night at the #MTVEMA…
💎 Best Video
💎 Best Artist
💎 Best Pop
💎 Best Longform Video pic.twitter.com/qk7SPkYNm5
— MTV (@MTV) November 13, 2022
As she accepted the second award for the video, the singer reflected on how the project and this moment “almost never happened”.
She said: “The older version of this song came out like 10 years ago and it was never a single. It was never supposed to even have a music video, nonetheless a short film.
“I can only explain this by saying that the fans willed this to happen. I will never stop thanking you for this.”
Swift has been dominating the charts across the world in recent weeks following the release of her new album Midnights.
Reflecting on how the album has been received during the award ceremony, she added: “I am so blown away, you have no idea how much it means to me to even get to do this as a career, so I just want to say, personally, from me to you, thank you for supporting (me).
“There is not a single moment I take this for granted. Thank you so so much.”
Former One Direction star Styles was the most nominated musician at the awards with seven nods but only went home with best live performer.
US rapper Minaj was awarded best song for Super Freaky Girl and best hip hop artist while US singer Chloe won best R&B.
David Guetta and Bebe Rexha kicked off the EMAs ceremony in rapturous style, performing their hit “I’m Good (Blue),” which went on to win the best collaboration award.
Feeling so so so good after watching @BebeRexha & @davidguetta's #MTVEMA performance 💙 pic.twitter.com/Ic7HkujlJd
— MTV (@MTV) November 14, 2022
British band Muse picked up the best rock prize after delivering an electric performance of their new track “Will Of The People” at the start of the ceremony.
Stormzy also delivered an emotional rendition of his ballad “Fire Babe” during the ceremony, creating an intimate moment with kinetic lighting with guest vocalist Debbie as he performed the track for the first time on TV.
Shed several tears watching @stormzy & @debbie_ perform #Firebabe on the #MTVEMA stage 🧡 pic.twitter.com/x0WEqj2wCh
— MTV (@MTV) November 14, 2022
Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra received a warm welcome from members of the audience waving flags of the war-torn country as they took to the stage to perform their Eurovision-winning track “Stefania.”
Traditional designs from the country were projected across the stage and they were supported by dancers wearing pink bucket hats favoured by lead singer Oleh Psiuk.
Tom Cruise also delivered a surprise message to introduce OneRepublic’s performance of “I Ain’t Worried,” which they wrote for Top Gun: Maverick.
The Hollywood star said he was “very grateful” to the band and their frontman Ryan Tedder for recording the song.
This year’s ceremony was hosted by celebrity power couple singer-songwriter Rita Ora and Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and marks the sixth time the awards show has been held in Germany.
It was the couple’s first time working together after keeping their partnership mostly out of the spotlight since they first sparked relationship rumours last year after appearing alongside each other on red carpets.
Ora also claimed the best look “personal style” award during the ceremony.
A raft of famous faces also presented including Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder.
The MTV EMAs 2022 will be available to watch again on Paramount+ UK from 14 November.
Additional reporting from agencies