On Sunday night London's Wembley Arena hosted this years MTV EMAs, and I was lucky enough to attend the event. I usually go to the BRIT Awards, so I was really interested to see how the EMAs compared.
The first thing that struck me was how amazing the staging of the show was. The whole of the standing area was raised and made into one giant stage, and people with standing tickets got to stand essentially inside the stage - a really brilliant and unique idea!
Before the show started I expected someone to be on the stage explaining to the audience how the night would work and what we could expect, just like they do at the BRITs, however strangely that didn't happen. Instead there was a warmup DJ (who was great) and a countdown on the big screens. Once the countdown reached 0 I expected there to be a massive intro, however instead we were sat in silence. After around 30 seconds of the silence the opening performance began and suddenly Eminem was on stage. Eminem was one of my bucket-list performers to see and so I was over the moon when he was announced, Because he is such a legend, I was again expecting a big introduction for him, but no. His performance was amazing, and he actually sounds exactly the same live as he does on his songs - a true musical legend! However I do wish he had been given the big introduction that he deserved. Once his performance was over I was expecting host Rita Ora to come on stage and welcome everyone to the EMAs, but no. Instead Liam Payne was suddenly one stage performing, then quickly followed by Camila Cabello. Camila's performance was great, but what annoyed me a bit was how rushed it all seemed to be. Rather than spreading out the performances it just felt like they were trying to quickly get them over and done with, at one point I even forgot I was at an awards show! When it was finally time for the first award I remembered where I was and it all got very exciting again. But what I find really strange is not all of the awards were given out on stage. Some were put up on the big screens before the adverts and some were hardly mentioned! The next day I saw on Twitter a fan congratulating Zara Larsson for winning best Swedish act, an award Zara herself didn't even know she had won! I think the EMAs really should have focused more on the awards than the performances, because at the end of the day it is an award show!
The awards that were actually handed out and presented on stage were great, as I love seeing hardworking artists getting the recognition that they deserve. Seeing Shawn Mendes take home three awards was so lovely to see, as he is so young yet so hardworking!
The lineup of performers was great, so I really can't fault that. Seeing the likes of Eminem, Camila Cabello, Stormzy, Shawn Mendes and David Guetta (to name a few) in one night was amazing, and each artist put on a really great performance!
In my opinion the show seemed to be catered more to the people watching at home rather than those in the audience. Even though I was right there where it was all happening, I still felt like an outsider. What I love about the BRITs is how included they make you feel in the show, and actually make you feel part of it. This was the opposite for the EMAs, and I think at some points I actually would have known what was going on more if I was sat watching it at home. I also think there should have been more of a focus on the awards rather than trying to fit in all of the live performances.
Overall I liked the more relaxed nature of the show and I had a really fun night, but for me the BRITs can never be beaten.