Taylor Swift dominated this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, winning four of the six gongs she was up for – Best Artist, Best Video, Best Pop and Best Long Form Video.

There had been high hopes for some of the UK stars up for awards – including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Harry Styleswho had led the nominations, however – Swift turned out to be the queen of the MTV EMAs.

The 32 year old megastar – who recently re-recorded some of his early hits in order to regain control of her work – congratulated her legion of fans (known as the Swifties) as she accepted each award, thanking them for their unwavering support.

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Power couple Taika Waititi (L) and Rita Ora hosted the evening

When presented with the best artist gong by Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, Swift told the auditorium of screaming fans: “You have no idea what it even means to me to do this as a career…

“There’s not a single moment I take this for granted. I love you so much, I can’t believe I can do this as a job, and it’s thanks to you. Thank you so much. “

The annual International Music Awards, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, and hosted by celebrity couple Rita Ora and Taika Waititi, also saw stars such as Nicki Minaj, Muse and Gorillaz win gongs from 20 gender neutral categories.

Read more: See the full list of MTV EMA winners here

The evening’s performances included Stormzy – who, far from his usual style, performed his ballad Fire Babe on television for the first time – as well as live music from Lewis Capaldi, Bebe Rexha and Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra.

British TikTok star and Eurovision finalist Sam Ryder also brought a bit of Eurovision glamor to the evening, presenting the award for best collaboration to French DJ David Guetta and American star Bebe Rexha. Guetta also won best electronic act.

There was even a surprise recorded message from Hollywood star Tom Cruise, featuring OneRepublic’s Top Gun: Maverick hit song, I Ain’t Worried.

As her night of victories continued, Swift accepted the award for Best Long Form Video – which was one of two new categories this year – from singer/songwriter Julian Lennon, son of the late John Lennon.

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Swift, accepting yet another award

As she took the stage, Swift once again praised her fans for their continued support, telling them, “You are the reason something happened to me.”

She explained, “I’ve been writing and directing my music videos for a long time, but this was the first short film I’ve made and I felt like I had learned so much about myself that directing a film can be a natural extension of my storytelling just like songwriting.”

Stranger Things star Sadie Sink and Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien starred in the music video which went viral earlier this year after fans speculated the song was based on Swift’s . split with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

As well as the long-running award, it also took home best video, with Swift telling fans, “It almost never happened,” then explaining that when she first released the song ago 10 years ago, it wasn’t a single, and didn’t have a video.

She continued, “I can only explain this by saying that the fans wanted this to happen. I will never stop thanking you for this.”

Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra performed
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Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra performed

The video also won the prestigious Gong Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this year.

When presented with the award for Best Pop, Swift joked, “You have to wear a lot of sequins and learn choreography and it’s very difficult.”

She has topped the charts around the world in recent weeks following the release of his new album Midnights – the best-selling album of the year.

Nicki Minaj won Best Song with Super Freaky Girl, as well as Best Hip Hop Act.

Despite having the most nominations (seven), ex-One Direction star Harry Styles only picked up one award on the night – for Best Live Performance. He was not there in person to collect his prize.

Muse won Best Rock Band, dedicating their album to
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Muse won best rock group, dedicating their album to the “people of Ukraine and the women of Iran”

Best Rock Band went to Muse, who opened the ceremony with their new track Will Of The People.

Refusing to shirk harsh political truths amid the glamor of showbiz night, lead singer Matt Bellamy told the MTV audience, “We would like to dedicate this entire album to the Ukrainian people and Iranian women who are fighting for their freedom. that we are celebrating tonight.”

Gorillaz – fronted by Blur star Damon Albarn – took the top alternative band, while Sam Smith took the video for good.

It was also a good night for K-pop, with South Korean group Seventeen taking home Best New Act and Push, Blackpink taking home Best Metaverse Performance (the second new category of the night) and one of the group members, Lisa, who won the best K-pop act and BTS taking the biggest fans.

Best Latin performer went to Anitta and best R&B went to American star Chloe.

The 2022 MTV EMAs aired live on MTV on Sunday, November 13. You can watch the full MTV EMA 2022 broadcast from November 14 on Paramount+ UK

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