Fifth Harmony won most buzzworthy international group and fan fave international group, while group member Camila Cabello helped Shawn Mendes win fan fave video with her collaboration on "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
Fifth Harmony won most buzzworthy international group and fan fave international group, while group member Camila Cabello helped Shawn Mendes win fan fave video with her collaboration on "I Know What You Did Last Summer."

The 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Another Hit

A hot and steamy night in Toronto became even more so when the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards hit the stage on Sunday night.

The following two hours featured a fast-moving and entertaining show that mixed performances from some imported international stars, a strong selection of mostly up and coming Canadian talent, had the massive clout of Bell Media behind it and attracted even more international media coverage than is usually the case.

Broadcast live on the CTV network and MuchMusic, the affair was hosted by super-model Gigi Hadid, who was also kept busy coming up with multiple costume changes during the night.

Assisting with hosting duties were Much personalities Liz Trinnear and Tyrone Edwards, while the bulk of the presenters were photogenic stars of various Much shows or young online stars likely unknown to the casual viewer.

Some show highlights actually came during the Red Carpet session just prior to the main telecast. Dramatic arrivals on the scene in front of screaming fans have long been an MMVA signature, and this year Tegan and Sara stole the show by turning up in a London double decker bus full of identical twins. Making their MMVA debut, the lovable twins later impressed with their performance. An actual on the carpet performance by Ruth B also came over well.

Kicking off the official show in high-energy fashion were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and a dance-off component of their song of that title grabbed the crowd’s attention. The dance-off featured online stars Amber Rose and Lilly Singh, and UK tabloid The Daily Mail devoted a whole story to Rose at The MMVAs. While accepting the trophy for International Duo or Group of the Year, Macklemore noted that it was his birthday, adding that “my wife is a dual citizen so with this award I think I’m Canadian now.”

Performance definitely took priority over the actual awarding of trophies on the night. Such high profile winners as Drake (with five, the biggest winner on the night), Justin Bieber and The Weeknd were absent, while it was easy to predict that such attendees and performers as Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would not leave home empty-handed.

Canadians delivering the goods onstage included rockers July Talk and Hedley (whose mainman Jacob Hoggard was in typical frenetic form), Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes (performing his new single on TV for the first time), and Shawn Hook (dueting with Halee Steinfeld).

Referencing the depth of CanCon talent onstage and in the nominees list, Alessia Cara told the crowd “I could not be prouder than to be in Canadian music right now. Wherever I go around the world, people ask me ‘what’s in the water in Canada?’!”

This was the first year that The MMVAs were sponsored by iHeartRadio, but the transition seemed seamless. The trademark high production quality and impressive stage sets were back in evidence, though the freewheeling anarchic feel of early MMVAs has been rather replaced by a more tightly scripted, yet still highly entertaining, approach.

Here is the full Winners List:

Video of the Year
Alessia Cara – "Here"
Belly (featuring The Weeknd) – "Might Not"
Drake – "Hotline Bling" (WINNER)
Grimes – "Flesh without Blood"
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

Best EDM/Dance Video
DVBBS – "White Clouds"
Grandtheft (featuring Lowell) – "Quit This City" (WINNER)
Keys N Krates (featuring Katy B) – "Save Me"
Thugli – "Sic Em"
Zeds Dead (featuring Memorecks) – "Collapse 2.0"

Best Director
Drake – "Hotline Bling" (Director: Director X) (WINNER)
Grimes – "Flesh without Blood" (Director: Claire Boucher)
Majid Jordan – "Something About You" (Director: Common Good)
Kalle Mattson – "Avalanche" (Director: Philip Sportel)
Young Empires – "The Gates" (Director: Amos LeBlanc)

Best Pop Video
Alessia Cara – "Here"
Coleman Hell – "2 Heads"
Hedley – "Lose Control"
Shawn Hook – "Relapse"
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (WINNER)

Best Rock/Alternative Video
City and Colour – "Wasted Love"
Metric – "The Shade"
Monster Truck – "Don't Tell Me How to Live"
The Sheepdogs – "I'm Gonna Be Myself"
The Strumbellas – "Spirits" (WINNER)

Best Hip-Hop Video
Belly (featuring The Weeknd) – "Might Not"
Drake – "Hotline Bling" (WINNER)
Jazz Cartier – "The Valley/Dead or Alive"
John River – "Get Down"
SonReal – "Whoa Nilly"

Best MuchFACT Video
Belly (featuring The Weeknd) – "Might Not"
Humans – "Water Water"
Majid Jordan (featuring Drake) – "My Love" (WINNER)
SonReal – "Whoa Nilly"
Young Empires – "The Gates"

iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year
Adele – "Hello"
James Bay – "Let It Go"
Nick Jonas – "Close" (WINNER)
Rihanna – "Work"
Selena Gomez – "Hands to Myself"
Sia – "Cheap Thrills"
Taylor Swift – "Bad Blood"
Zayn – "Pillowtalk"
Ariana Grande – "Dangerous Woman"
Kanye West – "Only One"

Most Buzzworthy Canadian
Alessia Cara – "Here"
Drake – "Hotline Bling" (WINNER)
Justin Bieber – "What Do You Mean?"
Shawn Mendes – "Stitches"
The Weeknd – "Can't Feel My Face"

Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group
Adele – "Hello"
Fifth Harmony – "Work from Home" (WINNER)
Hailee Steinfeld – "Rock Bottom"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – "Downtown"
Nick Jonas – "Close"
Rihanna – "Work"
Selena Gomez – "Hands to Myself"
Sia – "Cheap Thrills"
Taylor Swift – "Bad Blood"
Zayn – "Pillowtalk"

Best New Canadian Artist
Alessia Cara – "Here" (WINNER)
Coleman Hell – "2 Heads"
Dan Talevski – "Knock Me Off My Feet"
Jazz Cartier – "Wake Me Up When It's Over"
Ria Mae – "Clothes Off"

iHeartRadio International Duo or Group
Coldplay – "Adventure of a Lifetime"
Disclosure – "Magnets"
Fifth Harmony – "Work from Home"
Jack Ü – "Where Are Ü Now"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – "Downtown" (WINNER)
Major Lazer – "Powerful"
One Direction – "Drag Me Down"
Tame Impala – "Let It Happen"
The Chainsmokers – "Roses"
Twenty One Pilots – "Stressed Out"

iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year
Alessia Cara – "Here"
Coleman Hell – "2 Heads"
Justin Bieber – "Sorry"
Shawn Mendes – "Stitches"
The Weeknd – "Can't Feel My Face" (WINNER)

Fan Fave Video
Alessia Cara – "Here"
Drake – "Hotline Bling"
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (WINNER)
Grimes – "Flesh without Blood"
Hedley – "Lose Control"

Fan Fave Artist or Group
Drake
Justin Bieber (WINNER)
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Alessia Cara

Fan Fave International Artist or Group
Adele
Zayn
Taylor Swift
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Fifth Harmony (WINNER)

Fan Fave Vine Musician
Ruth B
Marks Records
Jeffrey Miller
Rajiv Dhall (WINNER)
Kenzie Nimmo

 

 

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