On Sunday 3 November, some of the music world’s biggest names descended on Sevilla in Spain for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. A slew of Eurovision stars were among their ranks, including Mahmood, Maruv and Roksana Węgiel.
2019 MTV EMAs Winners — Eurovision
Mahmood — Best Italian Act
He was a surprise Sanremo winner in the spring. But again Eurovision rolled round, Mahmood was one of the favourites to take the famous glass microphone. Ultimately, “Soldi” finished in second place. Nonetheless, it’s gone multi-platinum in Italy, smashed the 100-million-view ceiling on YouTube and become the most-streamed Eurovision song on Spotify. And Mahmood is not a one-trick pony. He’s dropped new singles “Barrio” and “Calipso” and embarked on a European-wide tour.
Mahmood saw off competition from Coez, Elettra Lamborghini, Elodie (Saneremo 2017) and Salmo.
Maruv — Best Russian Act
She ended up quitting Eurovision due to controversy regarding her Russian ties. And now, ironically, Ukraine’s Vidbir 2019 winner Maruv has won the best Russian act gong. “Siren Song” may never have reached Tel Aviv, but it proved to be a massive hit in Ukraine, Russia and the wider region. She performed at major awards shows and released “Mon Amour” in the summer. Most recently, she’s been taking part in the 2019 season of Ukraine’s Dancing With The Stars.
Maruv won the prize ahead of Face, Little Big, Noize MC and Zivert.
Roksana Węgiel — Best Polish Act
She became Poland’s first Junior Eurovision victor in November 2018. And since then, Roksana Węgiel has gone on to be one of the most commercially successful JESC acts ever. “Anyone I Want To Be” is the most-viewed Junior Eurovision video of all time on YouTube and cracked the top five in the Polish charts. Roxie has followed it up with several singles, including a collab with Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2017 singer Kristian Kostov.
Roxie beat Bass Astral x Igo, Daria Zawiałow, Dawid Podsiadło and Sarsa
Other MTV EMA 2019 Winners and Losers
- Viktor Király (A Dal 2012, 2014 and 2018) took Best Hungarian Act ahead of András Kállay-Saunders (Eurovision 2014).
- Fernando Daniel (Festival da Canção 2017) won Best Portuguese Act.
- Avicii posthumously won Best Swedish Act. Molly Sandén (Melodifestivalen 2009, 2012 and 2016) was also nominated in this category.
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