Meet all the Winners and the Nominees of the 2021 MTV EMAs
by Jaskiran Kaur | Mon, 15 Nov 2021 12:23:29 GMT
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The awards shows of 2021 came back with a big bang, and the 2021 MTV EMAs did not disappoint either. A fully star-studded show with performances to be remembered forever, the show carried on into the long night, and various celebs left the venue one award richer.

Performances on the big night include a musical number by Ed Sheeran, Maluma, Yungblud, Kim Petras, and many more celebs. The award hosting duties were handed over to Saweetie. The celebratory night created history as awards for the MTV EMA Generation Change honor were handed over to five young LGTBQ+ activists. But there is more than just this. 

Being the first time that an award title for “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” was presented during the main awards event, a group of LGTBQ+ people getting to take home the award represents a worthy change. This year as the awards were handed out for the titular honor, they were appreciated as “five young changemakers who are furthering equality and love while fighting against anti-LGBTQ+ policies.”

Singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran grabbed the honor of being named the Best Artist and also another award for the Best Song awarded to his musical child "Bad Habits." The award for the Best Rock act went to Maneskin. K-pop idols also got to make it big at the event, and the very popular boy band BTS took home four awards. They managed to swipe the titles of Best Pop, Best K-Pop, Best Group, and Biggest Fans. 

Justin Bieber has started off big with eight MTV EMA nominations to his name that spanned over the categories of Best Artist, Best Pop, and two different nominations in the category of Best Song. Despite the significant number of nods, the "Peaches" singer failed to impress when it was his turn to win those nominations. Following Justin Beiber, Doja Cat, and Lil Nas X earned six nominations each, and Olivia Rodrigo, the "Sour" singer led with five nominations to her name. 

The award show was held in Budapest, Hungary for the 2021's event. Here is the complete list of 2021 MTV EMA winners and nominees:-

Best artist:

Ed Sheeran won as the Best Singer; Credits: MTV

Ed Sheeran, who recently performed the Saturday Night Live show, managed to grab the most anticipated award of the night. 

In the race for the same award were:

Doja Cat

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd

Best Pop

BTS, the world-famous K-pop boy band that lead a gigantic fanbase named Army, got to take home the title win of Best Pop.

Other artists competing for the same honor were:

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Justin Bieber

Olivia Rodrigo

Best Song

Ed Sheeran also led the category of the best song, where his music number "Bad Habits" grabbed the honor. 

Doja Cat also competed for the same category with her “Kiss Me More” which also features SZA.

Justin Beiber's song "Peaches” with Daniel Caesar and Giveon was also nominated for the category. 

Lis Nas X's TikTok famous song "Call Me Your Name" also made it to the category.

Olivia Rodrigo earned a nod in 2021 EMAs for her sad number "Drivers License."

The Kid Laroi and Justin Beiber also competed with their song "STAY" for the same category. 

Best Video

Though Lil Nas X could not make a dent in the Best Song category, his music video for the same song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” made a difference, earning him the title of Best Video. 

Also nominated for the category were:

Doja Cat for her song "Kiss Me More" along with SZA.

Ed Sheeran earned another nomination for his song "Bad Habits" in the best video category. 

Justin Beiber could also have grabbed the title along with Daniel Caesar and Giveon for "Peaches." 

Normani entered the race for Best Video with Cardi B for their video of "Wild Side."

Taylor Swift's "Willow" was also nominated for the honor. 

Best Collaboration

Doja Cat and SZA managed to score one hit with "Kiss Me More" at the 2021 MTV EMAs. 

Black Eyed Peas also entered the competition with Shakira for their collaboration on "Girl Like Me."

Bruno Mars, Anderson. Paak, and Silk Sonic's collective project "Leave The Door Open" was also considered for the award.

The others in the run were:

Lis Nas X and Jack Harlow for "INDUSTRY BABY"

The Kid Laroi and Justin Beiber for "Stay," and 

The Weekend and Ariana Grande for "Save Your Tears (Remix)"

Best New

Saweetie hosted and performed at the 2021 MTV EMA; Credits: MTV

Saweetie, the 2021 MTV EMAs host, won the category of Best New.

The nominees were:



Olivia Rodrigo

Rauw Alejandro

The Kid Laroi

Best electronic

The winner of the best electronic is David Guetta.

Others vouching for the honor were:

Calvin Harris

Joel Corry



Swedish House Mafia

Best Rock

Måneskin got to be the winner of Best Rock at the 2021 awards event. 

His win was followed closely by:


Foo Fighters

Imagine Dragons

Kings Of Leon

The Killers

Best Alternative

Yungblud got to be the Best Alternative artist of this year, leaving behind:



Machine Gun Kelly

Twenty One Pilots


Best Latin

The best Latin artist of this year is Maluma. The artist vouched for the honor alongside Billboard Latin Music Award sweepers Bad Bunny and J. Balvin

Other nominees were:

Rauw Alejandro



Best Hip Hop

Nicki Minaj got to win the title of Best Hip Hop artist for which she competed against her arch-rival Cardi B. 

More artists to compete for the category were:

DJ Khaled


Kanye West

Megan Thee Stallion

Best K-Pop

BTS getting to take home the award for Best K-Pop did not come as a surprise as the band leads their fans by their hearts.

Yet, other K-Pop artists nominated for the category were:


Monsta X

NCT 127



Maneskin won the category of Best rock; Credits: MTV

Best Group

BTS again got to win the 2021 MTV EMA category for the Best Group at the show. Others looking for the same honor were:

Imagine Dragons

Jonas Brothers

Little Mix


Silk Sonic

Best Push

The "SOUR" singer Olivia Rodrigo won the title of Best Push at the awards event this year. 

The singer was closely followed by:



Girl in Red


JC Stewart



Madison Beer

Remi Wolf

Saint Jhn

The Kid Laroi

Biggest Fans

Going into their third win for the night, BTS also won the title of Biggest Fans. 

Others nominated for the category were:

Ariana Grande


Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Taylor Swift

Video for Good

Billie Eilish went in for the grab of Video for Good title. Her video "Your Power" helped her win the honor. 

The category also included the nominees:

Demi Lovato for “Dancing With The Devil”

Girl in Red for “Serotonin”

H.E.R. for “Fight For You”

Harry Styles for “Treat People With Kindness”

Lil Nas X for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”

Best U.S. Act

Taylor Swift won the Best U.S. Act title. Other nominees were:

Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

Generation Change Award

2021 MTV EMA made history by awarding Generation Change Award to LGTBQ+ activists; Credits MTV

The historical win for the Generation Change Award presented for the first time during the main event includes five winners. They are: Amir Ashour, Matthew Blaise, Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Erika Hilton, and Viktória Radványi