MTV EMAs: Ed Sheeran and BTS win in Hungary as LGBT community shines

Ed Sheeran and boyband BTS were the big winners at the MTV EMAs as stars joined together to support LGBT rights in Budapest.

Sheeran, who opened the ceremony on Sunday, won best artist and best song for Bad Habits.

BTS picked up four awards including best pop and best group.

Rapper Saweetie called for tolerance as she hosted the event in the Hungarian capital amid controversy over recent anti-LGBT legislation in the country.

The US star insisted it is “always important we respect each other”, as she relaxed on a chaise longue wearing a bikini in a mock spa location – a reference to Budapest’s spa culture.

“That’s why it’s so important we stand up for the LGBTQ+ community,” she added.

MTV stood by the location in support of the community as the awards show returned in-person after last year’s ceremony was held virtually due to the pandemic.

The show also drew inspiration from the Danube, the city’s famous river, by featuring a water theme with stages that appeared to be floating.

Sheeran began proceedings with his latest single Overpass Graffiti and later on performed his hit number Shivers – both from his chart-topping album Equals.

Korean pop superstars BTS matched last year’s haul to win the most awards for the second year running by also securing the best K-pop and biggest fans categories.

talian rock group Måneskin, a breakthrough act since winning the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, beat the Foo Fighters to secure best rock.

Accepting the award, lead singer Damiano David said: “We also want to say that people usually told us that we were not going to make it with our music – well, I guess you were wrong.”

Justin Bieber failed to win a single category despite leading the way with eight nominations.
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