On Sunday, some of the music world’s biggest names descended on London for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. A slew of Eurovision stars were among their ranks, with most going home empty-handed. However, it was a good night for Loïc Nottet, Amir and Magdi Rúzsa.
Loïc Nottet — Best Belgian Act
He kick-started Belgium’s Eurovision renaissance back in 2015. And after teasing us with new material last year, Loïc Nottet hit the ground running in 2017. His critically acclaimed album Selfocracy dropped in the spring, charting in both Belgian regions, France, and Switzerland. Most recently, he released the spooky “Doctor” for Halloween.
Loïc saw off competition from Bazart, Coely, Lost Frequencies and Oscar & The Wolf.
Amir — Best French Act
After several years of misfires, Amir brought France back into contention at Eurovision 2016. “J’ai Cherché” became a colossal hit, and his subsequent LP Au cœur de moi broke the French top ten. One wouldn’t begrudge the former dentist a quite 2017, but he’s been busier than ever. He collaborated with American hitmakers One Republic in the summer, and last month he released his highest charting album to date Addictions.
His MTV EMA 2017 trophy will sit alongside the one he picked up at last year’s event. He won the prize ahead of Soprano, MHD, Petit Biscuit and Feder.
Magdi Rúzsa – Best Hungarian Act
Having taken a year off in 2006, Hungary returned to the 2007 contest in style. Magdi Rúzsa secured the country a ninth place finish, after coming second in the infamous semi-final of death. The past decade has been good to the “Unsubstantial Blues” songstress. She continues to enjoy chart success, including 2017 single “Éden”. Between 2013 and 2015 she acted as a judge on A Dal.
Magdi beat fellow Eurovision and A Dal performers Freddie, Gabi Tóth, and Joci Pápai. The fifth nominee was Kowalsky Meg A Vega.
In addition to the three Eurovision stars, Ermal Meta scooped the top prize in Italy. He lost out to Francesco Gabbani at Sanremo 2017. This time, their fortunes were reversed.
Jessica Mauboy — one of the Eurovision 2014 interval performers — took the award for Best Australian Act.
2017 MTV EMAs All Eurovision Nominees
- Nina Kraljic (Croatia 2016) — Best Adria Act
- Sara Jo (Serbia 2013 with Moje 3) — Best Adria Act
- Loïc Nottet (Belgium 2015) — Best Belgian Act (WON)
- Francesco Gabbani (Italy 2017) — Best Italian Act
- Ermal Meta (Sanremo 2017) — Best Italian Act (WON)
- Margaret (Krajowe Eliminacje 2016) — Best Polish Act
- Freddie (Hungary 2016) — Best Hungarian Act
- Gabi Tóth (A Dal 2017) — Best Hungarian Act
- Joci Pápai (Hungary 2017) — Best Hungarian Act
- Magdi Rúzsa (Hungary 2007) — Best Hungarian Act (WON)
- Amir (France 2016) — Best French Act (WON)
- Elena Temnikova (Russia 2007 with Serebro) — Best Russian Act
- Jessica Mauboy (Interval 2014) — Best Australian Act (WON)
- Static & Ben El Tavori (Judges on The Next Star for Eurovision 2017 – present) — Best Israeli Act
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