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MTV EMA awards: One Direction win big at Glasgow ceremony

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Image caption One Direction scooped five awards at the Glasgow ceremony

One Direction were the big winners at the 20th annual MTV Europe Music Awards taking the awards for Best Pop, Best Live and Biggest Fans.

The band were not at the ceremony to collect the award in person but thanked their fans in video clips.

Other stars winning multiple awards included US hit maker Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry, who was also absent from the event.

The event was held at the Hydro arena in Glasgow on Sunday night.

Anaconda singer Nicki Minaj hosted the awards, as well as performing a medley of some of her biggest hits.

Other performers included U2, Ed Sheeran, Brighton duo Royal Blood and Canadian artist Kiesza, who performed a large part of her set from inside a glittery red phone box.

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Image caption Alicia Keys performs as part of the MTV EMAs 2014 at the 02 Academy

Alicia Keys was among artists performing at the O2 Academy in Glasgow as part of an outside broadcast. Her performance was shown live on TV screens around the Hydro.

Speaking ahead of the show James Currell, chief operating officer for Viacom International Media, who produce the show, said he hoped this year's awards could reach even more viewers than in the previous year.

He said: "Tonight millions of viewers from across the world will see us from Glasgow on our 60 MTV channels and our 200 MTV digital properties.

"Last year we had 55 million people see the event. Could we do more tonight? Let's keep our fingers crossed."


Before for the show

By Louise Sayers, BBC Scotland

Image caption Elaine Scarry, Kizzy Moore, Ayla Houstra, Elfa Stendhel and Wendela Mathyssen are looking forward to the show.

Brightly coloured signage adorning Buchanan Street, giant MTV statues dotted around the city centre, and specially created light shows displayed hourly on the City Chambers and Finnieston Crane throughout the weekend, have no doubt ensured that few Glaswegians could possibly remain unaware that the city is playing host to one of the world's biggest music events.

Down by the Clyde, crowds have been gathering outside Glasgow's SSE Hydro all day, with some fans waiting since midday - a full eight hours before the event is due to begin. The excitement of those queuing is understandable given that some have travelled from as far afield as Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands to see their heroes perform.

Even for those who are a lot closer to home, with teenagers making up the majority of tonight's audience, many are too young to remember the last time the awards came to Scotland - back in 2003 when Edinburgh played host.

One fan, 22-year-old Elaine Scarry from the Republic of Ireland, said: "5 Seconds of Summer - I think they're probably going to win it. One Direction are nominated for best fan base - and we're the fans!"


Behind the scenes

Image caption The SSE Hydro Arena began filling up several hours before the event began

Organisers revealed that 6,213 miles (10,000km) of cable had been installed to power the event, and a wiggery has been installed backstage to accommodate 500 wigs and 300 hairpieces.

Twenty two hairdressers and 40 make-up artists will assist the acts while 80 costumes have also been prepared.

The dressing rooms contain a number of treats, including a limited edition 10-year-old Highland single malt whisky from Glengoyne.

Meanwhile, each presenter and performer will be given presents including diamond and crystal jewellery, condoms, and SpongeBob SquarePants socks.


The Winners

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Image caption Host Nicki Minaj won the award for Best Hip Hop

Best Song

Ariana Grande - "Problem" ft. Iggy Azalea

Best Pop

One Direction

Best Video

Katy Perry - "Dark Horse ft. Juicy J"

Best Song With a Message

Beyonce - "Pretty Hurts"

Best Female

Ariana Grande

Best Male

Justin Bieber

Best Live

One Direction

Best New

5 Seconds of Summer

Best Rock

Linkin Park

Best Alternative

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Best Hip Hop

Nicki Minaj

Best Look

Katy Perry

Best Push

5 Seconds of Summer

Best World Stage

Enrique Iglesias

Worldwide Act

Bibi Zhou

Biggest Fans

One Direction

Global Icon

Ozzy Osbourne

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