MTV EMA 2019 SEVILLE Maruv Mahmood

It’s one of the biggest award shows on the planet. And this afternoon organisers published the full list of nominees for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2019.

American superstar Ariana Grande leads the pack with seven nominations. But in between other global names like Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish, there’s plenty of Eurovision interest.

She ended up quitting Eurovision due to controversy regarding her Russian ties. And now, ironically, Ukraine’s Vidbir 2019 winner Maruv is up for best Russian act.

Of those that actually made it to Tel Aviv, Italy’s Mahmood is the only 2019 entrant to secure a nod. Despite smashing all sorts of chart records in the Netherlands, this year’s song contest victor Duncan Laurence has been snubbed in the Best Dutch Act category.

However, one reigning Eurovision champ remains in the running for a gong with Junior Eurovision 2018’s Roksana Węgiel up for Best Polish Act. Staying in Poland, this is the first time since 2014 that Krajowe Eliminacje and Melodifestivalen hitmaker Margaret has failed to make the shortlist.

As ever, the EMAs are mostly decided by audience vote, and each country also gets to vote for its best local act. These categories usually attract a few nominations of recent Eurovision acts, with Lena, Marco Mengoni and Amir winning for their countries in recent years.

The MTV EMAs 2019 take place on Sunday 3 November in Sevilla, Spain.

Let’s take a look at the full list of Eurovision-related nominees.

Eurovision nominees at MTV EMAs 2019

  • Maruv (Ukraine 2019) — Best Russian Act
  • Mahmood (Italy 2019) — Best Italian Act
  • András Kállay-Saunders (Hungary 2014) — Best Hungarian Act
  • Roksana Węgiel (Junior Eurovision 2018 winner) — Best Polish Act
  • Molly Sandén (Melfestivalen 2009, 2012 and 2016) — Best Swedish Act
  • Fernando Daniel (Festival da Canção 2017) — Best Portuguese Act
  • Viktor Király (A Dal 2012, 2014 and 2018) — Best Hungarian Act
  • Elodie (Sanremo 2017) — Best Italian Act

Typically, there is a category for Best Israeli Act. However, no nominees had been announced for this section at the time of writing.

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[…] week, Mahmood scored a nomination for Best Italian Act at this year’s MTV European Music Awards. And his success doesn’t stop at the Italian […]

Alex
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Alex

Nice!

Trash KAN
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Trash KAN

That 2014 singer is named András Kállay-Saunders.

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

Is there a slight possibility that this might all be a bit silly?

Lisa
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Lisa

I hope Mahmood will win the award for the ” Best italian act”, he deserves it for his wonderful album Gioventù Bruciata and the success he’s having all around Europe and not only Europe (he received a prize yesterday in Tel Aviv , Soldi is a huge success there, 6,5 million streams only in Israel).

Bigger
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Bigger

Uhm Maruv for best Russian act, Ariana nominee for the European MVA 2019? It doesn’t say a lot, knowing that artists are pushed by the audience. So if an artist has a huge fanbase and a big record company with large networks, methods and power, they are more probable of being nominated than a smaller artist? Same as with all global artists/record labels on YouTube who collaborate with VEVO and get more than a Billion views in a short time span. I don’t believe that those numbers of views are real; they are probably pushed by YouTube + their powerful… Read more »

MTD
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MTD

MTV/Viacom is more for pushing its own narrative these days with selected “stars” or wannabe of those from selected record companies. It has nothing to do with Europe proper, this EMA, and who is really popular on the continent even by American standards.

It’s just another promo for certain music “stars”.

James
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James

The Youtube algorithm works in mysterious ways.

Alex
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Alex

EMAs are useless and a farce. apart from nominating american singers only, they ignore europeans. btw, why duncan was snubbed? what’s the logic behind this? Portugal act from ESC should have been nominated too, same for Luca.

Adam
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Adam

*AMERICAN* artist Ariana Grande leads the nominations for MTV *EUROPE* Music Awards ???

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Ariana is amazing! The new song for “Charlie’s angels” is SO cool and “Dangerous Woman” is fab <3

James
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James

We also have some non-Asians that get nominated every year at the MTV Asia Awards. Non-Americans also get noms in the MTV VMA’s in the US. 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

those are all bought awards anyway so it says more about which labels campaigned for them. ariana’s manager scooter brown is known for being greedy n obsessed with charts/awards so yea. her last three singles all underperformed so the gee pee kinda needs a break from her.

James
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James

You mistake MTV award shows for the Grammys. Many of the awards are run by fan votes.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

the local categories yea but the main ones are indeed bought

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

the emas are the most useless awards ever i swear. in the main categories (best video, best song, best artist) there’s only ONE european artist out of fifteen. they’d rather nominate american songs that flopped in europe, than european songs… truly atrocious n unnecessary. might as well become the mtv american music awards hosted somewhere in europe

eofoakfjjNd
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eofoakfjjNd

people seem to forget that europeans are often nominated for the american mtv awards too…

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

yea like 5-10% per year

James
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James

A lot of “American songs” are produced by Europeans, and many of the nominees in the mainstream are from outside the US, Rihanna being one of them.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

barbados is in the american continent so my point stands. plus european producers aren’t as prevalent as they used to be even five years ago now

James
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James

Not necessarily the same. For Latin Americans, they refer the Americas as just a single “América” as many consider North and South America as one whole continent/region, independent of geographical distinction/qualifiers. They would use “estadounidense” to refer to Americans, although in Spain, “americano” is the default term but “estadounidense” is also used as well. The English-language term “America” is understood as one of two shortform names for the United States of America, the other being “United States”/”U.S.”. “America” as used in the broader context of referring to the continents as a single entity tend to not be used unless cited.… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

all that to explain things we all know. plus my point stands that it makes no sense to nominate american songs n artists that flopped in europe at the mtv europe video music awards u know…

Tom
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Tom

Out. of topic but Karel Gott (famous singer from Czech Republic who was famous in Slovakia as well has died today at the age 80, he represented Austria in 1968 by song from Udo Jurgen
RIP !

pepe
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pepe

The voting is hilarious. You click a button. Wait five seconds, and you can click that button again. And you can repeat that process endlessly.

FYROM
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FYROM

Not more hilarious than being able to vote for your own country in junior eurovision