On a steamy night in Toronto, Shawn Mendes proved the hottest star at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs. As well as taking home the most awards, with four, the heartthrob pop singer performed two songs on the live broadcast, opening it with "Lost in Japan" and closing it with "In My Blood".
The emphasis of the show was definitely on live performances rather than the distribution of trophies. The potent lineup of performing talent included young homegrown stars Mendes, Alessia Cara, Brett Kissel and The Beaches, alongside international favourites that included Meghan Trainor, Marshmello, Anne-Marie, Bebe Rexha, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, and a reunited 98 Degrees.
As she was quick to remind the audience, show host Awkwafina (the star of current hit Crazy Rich Asians) is the first Asian star to take on such a role at a major North American awards show
Accepting his Artist of the Year award from two fellow young Canadian popsters, Scott Helman and Francesco Yates, Mendes declared "this is home, and this means the world to me. I've been supported here since I was 15, and I love you guys so much."
The final award handed out was for Video of the Year, won by Logic for his hit "1-800-273-8255," featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. In accepting the trophy, Cara stressed "this is not my award. It is Logic's song and message, but I'm proud to be part of it."
The spotlight was then turned back on Mendes, who closed out the two-hour show with an energetic rendition of recent hit "In My Blood," winner of the Fan Fave Video award.
And the winners are:
Video of the Year: Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid - "1-800-273-8255"
Fan Fave Artist: Shawn Mendes
Fan Fave Video: Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood"
Artist of the Year: Shawn Mendes
Best Pop Artist or Group: Shawn Mendes
Best EDM/Dance artist or Group: Marshmello
Best Director: Karena Evans for "God's Plan" - Drake
Best Rock/Alt Artist or Group: Imagine Dragons
Best Hip-Hop Artist or Group: Drake
Best New Canadian Artist or Group: Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine
Best Collaboration: Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line - "Meant To Be"
Song of the Summer: Loud Luxury- "Body"
Fan Fave Duo or Group: BTS
Fan Fave Single: Selena Gomez ft Marshmello - "Wolves"