MTV EMA 2011 RECAP! (Photos, Winners’ List & More!)

The 2011 MTV EMAs were held in Belfast on November 6, 2011 at the Odyssey Arena.

So manyfamiliar faces came out to this star-studded event!

Lady Gaga triumphed in the Best Female, Best Song and Best Videocategories, as well as Biggest Fans a brand new award that celebrates artists with the most committed fanbase.

Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Thirty Seconds To Mars each won two awards with pop phenomenon Bieber taking home the trophies for Best Male and Best Pop. Thirty Seconds To Mars were honoured in the Best Alternative category and Best World Stage, while Bruno Mars crowned a brilliant year with victories in the Best Push and Best New categories.

Ecstatic Korean boy band BIGBANG were the surprise winners at the awards, capturing the inaugural Best Worldwide and beating off some of the worlds biggest stars in the process. Hip hop maverick Eminem repeated his triumph of 2010 with a win for Best Hip Hop artist, while Katy Perrys captivating live performances were rewarded with Best Live. Linkin Park was a popular choice for Best Rock.

 


More than 8,000 fans watched the drama unfold at Belfasts Odyssey Arena, as the worlds biggest artists delivered spine-tingling live performances including Justin Bieber, David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie J, LMFAO, Snow Patrol and Queen.

Brit rockers Coldplayopened the awards with an electrifying, amped up performance of Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, while Lady Gagas sublime vocals for Marry The Night, performed against a giant moon sculpture, brought the audience to fever pitch. Global pop phenomenon Justin Bieber got everyone dancing after Under the Mistletoe built up to Never Say Never. DJ David Guetta set the Odyssey Arena alight with his spectacular dance medley featuring Ludacris, Taio Cruz and Jessie J, illuminated by a dazzling array of lasers and glitter balls.

MTV used every staging trick in the book to bring the 2011 MTV EMA to life, with lasers, LEDs, projections, smoke jets, outsize props, balloon releases, glitter cannons, dry ice, outrageous costumes and more harnessed skilfully to complement the artists performances. Among the many highlights were: UK artist Jessie J exploding out of a giant golden bank safe and an ethereal balloon release during Bruno Mars heartfelt rendition of Marry You. US Electro-hop stunners LMFAO got everyone in the house jumping Party Rock Anthem made a huge impact, as the group and their dancers took to the floor for a virtuoso display of their trademark shuffle dance, complete with dancing robot.

In a more reflective moment, Jessie J presented a moving salute to the late Amy Winehouse in the form of a touching video tribute from the singers devastated fans.

In a first for the MTV EMA, two outside broadcasts were built into the show, with local heroes Snow Patrol rocking more than 15,000 fans at a spectacular outdoor stage built directly in front of the historic City Hall while over at the historic Ulster Hall, 1200 very lucky Red Hot Chili Peppers fans were treated to a rare, intimate performance by the incredibly dynamic stadium rockers.

Rock legends Queen, who were handed the Global Icon award from Katy Perry closed the show with a triumphant flourish, lifting the roof with a stunning medley of hits from their extraordinary musical career. Queen veterans Brian May and Roger Taylor were joined by flamboyant US Idols star Adam Lambert on vocals for a musical voyage through their greatest hits including The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.

EMA host Selena Gomezcharmed the audience and showed her comedic flair in a high octane performance that saw her host the main show and the digital show simultaneously. Set piece skits and stunts added to the fun, as Gomez interacted with her own video alter ego on giant screens and mimicked Lady Gagas famously outrageous dress sense. The Monte Carlo star also took time off from hosting duties to surprise her fans with a sparkling rendition of her hit track Hit the Lights’, performed with her band, The Scene.

Guest presenters at the show included David The Hoff Hasselhoff, Katy Perry, Evanescences Amy Lee, actress Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Fireflies in the Garden); supermodel Bar Refaeli and Irina Shayk, WWE superstar Sheamus, actor William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Jersey Shores Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Jenni JWOWW Farley, Adam Lambert and Awkward star Ashley Rickards and Malcolm Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross (BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines).

Among the famous faces walking the fuchsia carpet at the 2011 MTV EMA were: US Idol runner up Adam Lambert; Amy Huberman (Comedy Centrals Threesome); Greg Lake (Geordie Shore); dancer BB Kaye; Jessica Wright and Billie and Sam Faiers (The Only Way Is Essex); Jennifer Metcalfe & Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks); MTV reality stars From Above; Lemar; Councillor Niall O Donnghaile (Mayor of Belfast); Jade Thompson (Britain & Irelands Next Top Model 2011); fashion designer Jeremy Scott, Katy B, Katy Perry, DJ Kissy Sell Out, LMFAO, MTV EMA Best Worldwide nominees AbdelfattahGrini, BIGBANG and Lena; SwizzBeatz; Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show, Reed Between the Lines) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends, Reed Between the Lines); RizzleKicks; Starboy Nathan; Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott; Irish pop group The Japanese Pop Stars; Wretch 32 and singer-songwriter Yasmin.

2011 MTV EMA ROLL OF HONOUR

Lady Gaga: Best Female; Best Song – Born This Way; Best Video Born This Way: Biggest Fans

Justin Bieber: Best Pop; Best Male

Thirty Seconds To Mars: Best Alternative; Best World Stage

Bruno Mars: Best New; Best Push

Queen: Global Icon

Eminem: Best Hip Hop

Katy Perry: Best Live

Linkin Park: Best Rock

BIGBANG: Best Worldwide

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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