2018 MTV Europe Music Awards: Janet Jackson to receive Global Icon award; Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Rosalia among performers

October 19, 2018

The following is a press release from MTV International:

MTV today revealed a set of badass females leading the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards lineup: Global superstar Nicki Minaj, multi-platinum superstar Halsey and Spanish sensation Rosalía are the first performer names announced for the global music celebration airing live from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain on Sunday, November 4 at 9:00pm CET.

MTV also named its first presenters for the big night: actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna from the new upcoming Netflix crime drama “Narcos: Mexico.”

Minaj returns to the EMA stage with two nominations this year, Best Hip Hop and Best Look, after hosting the 2014 MTV EMAs in Glasgow. This marks Halsey’s and Rosalía’s EMA stage debut, with Rosalía securing a nod for Best Spanish Act.

The undisputed reigning queen of hip hop, Nicki Minaj released her platinum selling highly anticipated fourth studio album “Queen” in August, her first album in four years, including hit singles “Barbie Tingz”, “Chun-Li” and “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande.

Halsey’s EMA performance announcement follows the release of her new single “Without Me,” Halsey’s first new solo music since 2017’s Billboard 200 number 1, platinum album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.” Halsey’s world tour recently wrapped up with two sold-out shows in London.”

Rosalía’s EMA set comes on the heels of the Latin Grammy-nominated artist’s new album “El Mal Querer.” The video for her first single off the album, “Malamente,” clocked 20 million views in just three months.

MTV will also honor Janet Jackson with its 2018 Global Icon award at the 2018 MTV EMAs, one of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world.

Jackson will perform a medley of her greatest hits including her recent smash single “Made for Now.”

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her recent single, “Made For Now,” with reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee debuted at #1 on iTunes charts and the video currently has nearly 45 million views. Her music has won her 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perception.

“Janet is without question one of the world’s biggest stars.  Her incredible artistry has opened doors for countless others while leaving an indelible impact on pop culture – well over  3 decades and counting,” said Bruce Gillmer, global head of music and talent, Viacom and co-brand head, MTV International. “We’re thrilled to honor her as this year’s MTV Global Icon.”

Fans in the UK, Germany and France can win an exclusive opportunity to attend the 2018 MTV EMAs by recording and posting their unique red carpet looks using a specially designed “red carpet” sticker and filter in TikTok—the leading global destination for short-form mobile video—and tagging #MTVEMARedCarpet for the chance to win in-house seats. Fans in these countries can submit their #MTVEMARedCarpet poses on TikTok through October 21 at 11:59pm GMT.

Additional performers and presenters to be announced.

The full list of 2018 MTV EMA nominees is available here.

Official sponsors of the “2018 MTV EMAs” is the movie Overlord.

Voting is now open at mtvema.com until November 3 at 11:59pm CET at mtvema.com.

To stay in tune with all things EMA, follow the show on InstagramTwitter, Snapchat (@MTVEMA) and Facebook and follow the social conversation using #MTVEMA @MTVEMA.


The 2018 MTV EMAs, in partnership with the movie Overlordwill broadcast LIVE on Sunday, 4 November at 9pm CET from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. One of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world, the MTV EMAs bring music fans a unique, multi-platform experience across MTV’s global network in nearly 180 countries and 450 million homes around the world, connecting with over 350 million fans across all social media platforms. Follow @MTVEMA on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (@MTVEMA) and Instagram, and join the conversation with #MTVEMA. Bruce Gillmer and Richard Godfrey are Executive Producers for the 2018 MTV EMAs. Debbie Phillips and Ceire Deery are Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director.

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