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2017 MMVAs, Concert Photography, Music

Photos + Recap: 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards

Photos by: Orest Dorosh & Curtis Sindrey –

Lorde performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on June 18, 2017. (Photo: Orest Dorosh/Aesthetic Magazine)

Lorde performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on June 18, 2017. (Photo: Orest Dorosh/Aesthetic Magazine)

Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas reigned Toronto last night as hosts of the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards, where Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red took home their first ever hardware for Video of the Year (“R.E.D.”) and Best Director (“Stadium Pow Wow”, Kevan Funk). Meanwhile, hometown hip-hop sensation Drake won two awards for Most Buzzworthy Canadian and iHeart Radio Canadian Single of the Year for “One Dance”. On stage, newly minted solo artists Camila Cabello and Niall Horan, winners of the awards for Best New International Artist and Fan Fave International Artist or Group respectively, each fired up the fans with red-hot medleys of their hit singles, “I Have Questions/Crying in the Club” and “This Town/Slow Hands”. Check out the full list of winners below.

Canadian indie rock band Arkells hit the stage with an unforgettable performance of “Knocking At The Door” which snagged an MMVA for Fan Fave Video. Winners of IHEARTRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year Imagine Dragons also delivered an electric performance with local drum line 416BEATS on a medley of their hits “Believer” and “Thunder”.

Debut MMVA performers included DNCE, fronted by host (and MMVA veteran) Joe Jonas; Julia Michaels, who performed single “Issues” in a lavish bedroom set; Iggy Azalea who rocked the crowd from inside a lit cube with a version of “Switch”; hometown rapper Jazz Cartier with an energetic performance of singles “Tempted” and “Red Alert”; and Post Malone who brought explosive versions of “White Iverson” and “Congratulations”, replete with actual fireballs. Lorde, in her much-anticipated return to the MMVA stage, lit up the night, closing the show with a medley of hit “Green Light” and “Perfect Places” alongside a choir featuring more than 30 singers, and show-stopping fireworks.

Other Canadian artists taking home hardware tonight include: Shawn Mendes, winner of Best Pop Video for his smash hit “Mercy”; Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, who took home her first MMVA, Best Hip Hop Video for “Picasso Leaning”; Grimes, winner ofBest EDM/Dance Video for “Venus Fly”, her collaboration with Janelle Monae; Sleepy Tom for Best Post-Production for “Seeing Double” featuring Tonye; River Tiber, winner of Best MuchFACT Video for Acid Test; PARTYNEXTDOOR for Best New Canadian Artist; and Justin Bieberwho was crowned Fan Fave Artist or Group for the second year in a row.

And the winners are…

Video of the Year
A Tribe Called Red f. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – “R.E.D.”

Best Post-Production
Sleepy Tom f. Tonye – “Seeing Double”

Best EDM/Dance Video
Grimes f. Janelle Monae – “Venus Fly”

Best Director
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
Ed Sheeran

Best New Canadian Artist

Best New International Artist
Camila Cabello

iHeartRADIO International Artist of the Year

iHeartRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year
Imagine Dragons

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
Niall Horan

Fan Fave Artist/Group
Justin Bieber

Fan Fave Much Creator
YouTwo TV



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