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Concert Photography, Music

Photos: 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs – Shawn Mendes, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor

Photos by: Angelo Marchini –

Photos by: Curtis Sindrey –

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 26: Shawn Mendes attends iHeartRadio MMVAs red carpet in Toronto, Ontario on August 26, 2018. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine)

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 26: Shawn Mendes attends iHeartRadio MMVAs red carpet in Toronto, Ontario on August 26, 2018. (Photo: Curtis Sindrey/Aesthetic Magazine)

Rising superstar Awkwafina electrified the corner of Queen and John Streets in Toronto last night in her broadcast hosting debut at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs. During the two-hour broadcast, hometown hero Shawn Mendes charmed fans with two stellar performances and four big wins – Artist of the Year, Best Pop Artist or Group, Fan Fave Artist, and Fan Fave Video (“In My Blood”). Toronto’s own Drake added two more iHeartRadio MMVAs to his hardware collection for Best Hip Hop Artist or Group and Best Director with Karena Evans for “God’s Plan”, while London, ON-bred DJs Loud Luxury claimed the Song of the Summer award for “Body” ft. Brando. Ottawa’s Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine took home Best New Canadian Artist for their hit “Ain’t Easy,” while Brampton’s Alessia Cara locked down Video of the Year for her and Khalid’s collaboration on Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255”.

Many performers made their debut on the the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs stage including bülow, lighting up the audience with glow-in-the-dark LED masks during a performance of “Not A Love Song”; Kris Wu, performing a smoking-hot medley of his hit singles, “18,” “Like That,” and “Deserve”; Canadian indie rock band, The Beaches, who captivated the audience with “T-Shirt”; Halsey, winner tonight of the Artist for Change, stunning viewers at home with animated effects that had flames and butterflies dancing around her; Anne-Marie, performing “2002,” before being joined on-stage by Marshmello to perform their up-beat pop single “FRIENDS,” which helped snag Marshmello an iHeartRadio MMVA for Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group; Meghan Trainor rocking a four-song medley of “No Excuses,” “All About That Bass,” “Me Too,” and “Let You Be Right”; and Brett Kissel, making iHeartRadio MMVA history as the first country singer to perform on the MMVA stage when he joined Bebe Rexha on smash hit “Meant To Be,” which earned Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line a win for Best Collaboration. Finally, 98 Degrees graced the audience with a classic throwback medley of their top hits as they returned to the iHeartRadio MMVA stage after nearly a decade.

And the winners are…

iHeartRadio MMVA Artist for Change
Halsey

Best Rock/Alternative Artist or Group
Imagine Dragons

Best Pop Artist or Group
Shawn Mendes

Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group
Marshmello

Best Hip Hop Artist or Group
Drake

Best Director
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Director: Karena Evans

Video of the Year
Logic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”

Single of the Year
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”

Artist of the Year
Shawn Mendes

Song of the Summer Presented by Coca-Cola
Loud Luxury ft. Brando – “Body”

Best Collaboration
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – “Meant To Be”

Best New Canadian Artist or Group
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine

Fan Fave Artist
Shawn Mendes

Fan Fave Duo or Group
BTS

Fan Fave Video
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Fan Fave Single
Selena Gomez ft. Marshmello –Wolves’

Fan Fave New Artist
Kris Wu

Fan Fave Much Creator
The Danocracy – Dan Rodo

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