MTV EMAs: What we learned on the red carpet

From BBC - November 13, 2017

It was good news for fans of MTV, Europe, music and awards ceremonies on Sunday night as the MTV Europe Music Awards took place at London's Wembley Arena.

You have probably already seen the winners list and watched the performances - but there's some other stuff you might not have heard about.

Such as James Bay's fashion makeover and Stormzy accidentally using the ladies' loos.

Here's our red carpet round-up.

Liam Payne

When we spoke to him, Liam had just discovered his performance was scheduled straight after Eminem's.

"That makes things slightly harder," he said. "Eminem's was one of the first albums I genuinely used to rock out to on my bed when I was a kid."

He had not heard about the night's most important story, though: Stormzy accidentally getting trapped in the ladies' toilets backstage.

"Maybe he thought it said Laddies instead of Ladies," Liam said, before adding apologetically: "That was a Dad joke. Good to finish on."

Could Liam see himself and the other One Direction lads still performing at awards ceremonies like this a few years (or decades) down the line?

"Who knows? We might be like the Rolling Stones, just rocking out."

Referring to Mick Jagger, who recently became a father again at the age of 73, he added: "Maybe I will still be having babies then.

"There's your headline tomorrow!"


"I am nervous as hell," said Anne-Marie, using a slightly stronger word than hell which we ca not print here.

"Wait, this interview is not live is it?" (No, thank goodness.)

Having successfully avoided an Ofcom fine, the singer continued: "I am not nervous about the performance, when it comes to singing I have got it down, but when it comes to the rest of it, I am bad at that."

The singer, whose hits include Heavy, Ciao Adios and the Clean Bandit-assisted Rockabye, is currently gearing up for the release of her debut album.

"My music is constantly changing because I am. I am writing it and changing as I am writing," she said.

"So there's going to be a lot of different subjects on there that I talk about, I am putting my life into it, so I hope people like it."

James Bay

It's been a while since we have heard from pop's premier enthusiast, James Bay.

But, scandalously, he made his way down the red carpet without his trademark headgear and said he'd ditched it as part of an image change.

"You know what? It was time. I was done," he said. "Everybody's got to evolve [so] here I am switching it up doing something else,

"I think we have all got to embrace that in each other. And it feels great, like it's time for a whole new thing for me."

With all this hat talk we almost forgot to ask about how his actual music is going.

"I am hungry to get back to playing, I have got loads of new music now that nobody's heard yet," James said.

"I have managed to make 99% of 2017 about making new music, so I am basically ready to show everybody, just making those final tweaks, and then I will be back."

Sabrina Carpenter



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