This was my 4th MMVAs, the first for covering the event for FYI Music, and the night started with an exciting and loud Red Carpet, with Alessia Cara, Joe Jonas, Camila Cabello, Niall Horan, Lights all talking and taking photos with fans.
I love it when they do this!
We waited for Marianas Trench to arrive. In the past the band has made its entrance in a truck, a hot tub, hamster balls, and this year didn’t disappoint with the band members being covered from head-to-toe in balloons.
Canadian DJs, A Tribe Called Red, took home their first ever award for Video of the Year (“R.E.D.”) and Best Director (“Stadium Pow Wow,” directed by Kevan Funk). Meanwhile, hometown hip-hop sensation (but no-show) Drake won two awards, for Most Buzzworthy Canadian and iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year for “One Dance.”
Camila Cabello and Niall Horan kicked off their solo careers with winning the awards for Best New International Artist and Fan Fave International Artist or Group respectively, each doing a medley of their hits, “I Have Questions/Crying in the Club” and “This Town/Slow Hands”.
Two of the great live acts today performed. Arkells hit the stage with an unforgettable performance of “Knocking At The Door,” which won an MMVA for Fan Fave Video, and iHeartRadio International Group of the Year winner Imagine Dragons delivered a knockout performance with local drum line 416BEATS on a medley of their hits “Believer” and “Thunder”.
But all eyes were on Lorde, a sure-bet to have a #1 album in the world next week as her Melodrama came out on Friday (perfect timing, Much!). She closed the show with a medley (why should everyone just play one when you can play two?) of “Green Light” and “Perfect Places.”
Shawn Mendes won Best Pop Video for his smash hit “Mercy”; Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, took home her first MMVA, Best Hip Hop Video for “Picasso Leaning”, and also became the first woman to ever win in this category; Grimes, winner of Best EDM/Dance Video for “Venus Fly”, her duet with Janelle Monae; PartyNextDoor for Best New Canadian Artist; and Justin Bieber was crowned Fan Fave Artist or Group for the second year in a row, showing there’s still no stopping Justin.
Since it’s the MMVAs, I had a chance to ask performers and presenters what video what their favourite. Here’s what they said:
MAX KERMAN, ARKELLS
Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey
Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
JOSEPH OF MERCURY
Jamiroquai’s Virtual Insanity. When the room is spinning you KNOW that one is a classic.
Audioslave‘s Cochise video where they launch a million dollars worth of fireworks behind them, and I love that video. Other than that, probably Radiohead’s Just.
I always liked Spike Jonze's videos. I like Sabotage by Beastie Boys, that always a favourite. All of the Beastie Boys videos are pretty cool.
In Too Deep by Sum 41, where they're diving in the pool, they come up, there’s a guitar solo from outside the pool. That one is really fun.
Take On Me by A-Ha. I also like the Blink-182 video for The Rock Show where the record label gives them the cheque to make a music video and then the music video is them just throwing all the money off like a bridge or something. That's a cool music video, too.
I would have to say Diamonds by Rihanna; it's a beautiful video. I love just everything, the horse, the diamonds and the quality, the direction. So beautiful.
Pick anything by The Weeknd. Everything he does is good, all the visuals that he does are good. That beginning intro of "Starboy" where's that whole futurist thing going on. There's some high arc stuff there.
And the MMVA winners are…
Video of the Year
A Tribe Called Red f. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – “R.E.D.”
Sleepy Tom f. Tonye – “Seeing Double”
Best EDM/Dance Video
Grimes f. Janelle Monae – “Venus Fly”
A Tribe Called Red f. Black Bear – “Stadium Pow Wow”
Director: Kevan Funk
Best Pop Video
Shawn Mendes – “Mercy”
Best Rock/Alternative Video
The Tragically Hip – “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind”
Best Hip Hop Video
Tasha the Amazon – “Picasso Leaning”
Best MuchFACT Video
River Tiber – “Acid Test”
Most Buzzworthy Canadian
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group
Best New Canadian Artist
Best New International Artist
iHeartRADIO International Artist of the Year
iHeartRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year
iHeartRADIO Canadian Single of the Year
Drake ft. Wizkid, Kyla – “One Dance”
Fan Fave Video
Arkells – “Knocking At The Door”
Fan Fave International Artist or Group
Fan Fave Artist/Group
Fan Fave Much Creator