Amanda Naccarato | Life

This year’s iHeartRadio MMVAs took over downtown Toronto, celebrating the very best of 2018 Canadian and International music.

The annual iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards aired live Sunday night, transforming Queen St. into a massive outdoor stage with performances from artists who dominated the charts, as well as appearances from many prominent presenters, including Tyra Banks and Prince Michael Jackson.

Actress and rapper Awkwafina, most known for her recent roles in two of the summer’s biggest blockbuster films Crazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8, hosted the two-hour show. The American star became the first Asian American actress to host a North American awards show.

While Drake and Alessia Cara were among the Canadian winners of the night, it was Shawn Mendes who won big, taking home four MMVA trophies. Mendes also opened and closed the show, performing his hit singles Lost In Japan and In My Blood.

Meghan Trainor, Halsey, and Bebe Rexha were among the other big performers of the show, along with rising artists bülow and Kris Wu who made their first television and iHeartRadio MMVA performances.

However, it was ’90s boy band 98 Degrees that truly stole the show, returning to the MMVAs stage for the first time since 1999 to perform a medley of their greatest hits over the years.

In case you missed the big Canadian night, here’s the complete list of awards given out last night.

Video of the Year:

Ariana Grande- “No Tears Left To Cry”
Childish Gambino- “This is America”
Drake- “God’s Plan”
Halsey- “Bad At Love”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid- “1-800-273-8255” ~Winner
Shawn Mendes- “In My Blood”

Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group:

Calvin Harris
Loud Luxury
Marshmello ~Winner
Sofi Tukker

Best Director:

Childish Gambino- “This is America” -Directed by Hiro Murai
Drake- “God’s Plan” -Directed by Karena Evans ~Winner
Drake- “Nice For What” -Directed by Karena Evans
Justin Timberlake- “Say Something”- Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.
Shawn Mendes- “In My Blood”- Directed by Jay Martin
The Carters- “APES**T”- Directed by Ricky Saiz

Best Pop Artist or Group:

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Meghan Trainor
Shawn Mendes ~Winner

Best Rock/Alternative Artist or Group:

Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons ~Winner
Portugal. The Man

Best Hip Hop Artist or Group:

Cardi B
Childish Gambino
Drake ~Winner
Kendrick Lamar
Post Malone
The Carters

Best New Canadian Artist:

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine ~Winner
Johnny Orlando
New City
The Beaches

Artist of the Year:

Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes ~Winner

Song of the Summer:

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line- “Meant to Be”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin- “I Like It”
Drake- “Nice for What”
Loud Luxury- “Body” ~Winner
Marshmello ft. Anne-Marie- “FRIENDS”
Zedd ft. Maren Morris & Grey- “The Middle”

Best Collaboration:

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line- “Meant to Be” ~Winner
Kendrick Lamar & SZA- “All The Stars”
Marshmello & Anne-Marie- “FRIENDS”
Shawn Mendes & Khalid- “Youth”
The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar- “Pray For Me”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey- “The Middle”


Fan Fave Video:

Alessia Cara- “Growing Pains”
Childish Gambino- “This is America”
Drake- “God’s Plan”
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid- “1-800-273-8255”
Shawn Mendes- “In My Blood” ~Winner
The Carters- “APES**T”

Fan Fave Artist:

Alessia Cara
Camila Cabello
Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes ~Winner
Taylor Swift

Fan Fave Duo or Group:

5 Seconds of Summer
BTS ~Winner
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Sofi Tukker
The Chainsmokers

Fan Fave Single:

Ariana Grande- “No Tears Left To Cry”
Camila Cabello- “Havana”
Ed Sheeran- “Perfect”Post Malone ft. 21 Savage- “Rockstar”
Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello- “Wolves” ~Winner
Shawn Mendes- “In My Blood”

Fan Fave New Artist:

Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Hayley Kiyoko
Kris Wu ~Winner
Why Don’t We

Fan Fave Much Creator:

Candace Leca
Jaclyn Forbes
SneakerTalk (Christian Cantelon)
The Baker Twins (Shannon Baker & Shauna Baker)
The Mike On Much Podcast (Mike Veerman, Max Kerman & Shane Cunningham)
Thedanocracy (Dan Rodo) ~Winner

Single of the Year:

Ed Sheeran- “Perfect”

Artist for Change:


To watch highlights from the show, check out Much’s website!

Feature image from CP24 Twitter
All images from Giphy

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