On Sunday (November 10) U.S. viewers got in on the action as hosts Cher Lloyd, “Glee” star Darren Criss and Andrew Schultz (“Guy Code”) welcomed a crowd of screaming fans on the deck of the Intrepid at the Air and Space Museum in New York City, guaranteeing that the night would be “one of music’s most talked-about events in the entire world.”
The trio then introduced the first act of the night, Fall Out Boy, who, on a cold New York night, heated things up quickly with an energetic performance of their latest single, “Alone Together.” It had fans, as the lyrics say, “screaming from the top of their lungs.”
From there, the show moved from the Intrepid to MTV studios as The Wanted had a surprise for some lucky fans. A group of girls was selected to attend a listening party for the boy band’s new album, Word of Mouth, but what they didn’t know were that The Wanted were orchestrating the event. After asking fans who the hottest member was (they picked Siva Kaneswaran), the guys surprised and treated them to a performance of “We Own the Night.”
Jason Derulo then took over the stage, slowing things down and getting up close and personal with the crowd as he got down on bent knee to serenade the group with his latest single, “Marry Me,” which he told Criss before hitting the stage, was written for girlfriend, Jordin Sparks.
“It’s one of those songs I had no idea what it was going to be,” Derulo said. “I actually wrote it to a piano and I wrote it because that’s how I was feeling at the moment. And I wrote it and it turned out to be a big hit, but I never intended it to be this radio hit. I intended it to be for Jordin.”
Yet, the U.S. EMA event may have belonged to Austin Mahone, who picked up his first MTV EMA for the fan-voted Artist on the Rise award, presented by new 5 Focus gum. After 30 million votes, and a tight race with EMA backstage host Ariana Grande, Mahone, who is also nominated for Best Push, pulled out the win, which also had him competing against host Lloyd, Lorde, Cody Simpson and Bridgit Mendler. After accepting his award, which may find a spot in his bathroom next to his Moonman, Mahone thanked his fans whom he appreciates “from the bottom of my heart.”
Mahone then took the stage for the first time since his recent hospitalization for a blood clot, and showed no signs of fatigue. The 17-year-old commanded the stage performing his new single, “Banga Banga.” Dressed in all black, complete with his signature hat, and flanked by four back-up dancers, Mahone danced his way through the crowd and as promised, had lasers, smoke and some pretty impressive, polished dance moves.
“It’s amazing because I’ve only been doing this for two years now and it’s amazing how fast everything’s been going. I performed at the VMAs [during the pre-show] and I was on the red carpet and I won the [VMA] award [for Artist to Watch] and it was all so surreal for me,” he recently told MTV News. “Getting to perform at the EMAs and I’m nominated for two awards, this is just like incredible. I couldn’t be asking for anything more amazing.”