The 2014 MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow


MTV logo” by Wikimedia

What a party! We were in awe last week as the MTV awards came to Glasgow for this year’s MTV European Music Awards, bringing a string of global stars in its wake. Taking place on the 9th November at Glasgow’s newest venue the SSE Hydro, this was the 20th EMA event which started in 1994. The EMA is an awards ceremony based on the feedback of music fans themselves, rather than merely on record sales. A roaring crowd turned out to celebrate this big event as it truly was an unmissable night. Host Nicki Minaj was on top form as she wooed the crowd and showered the front rows with her own currency, the ‘minajes’.


Katy Perry Live” by Gilly Berlin, licenced under CC BY 2.0

The highlights

The big winners of the night were Brit heart-throbs One Direction, who scooped the awards for Best Pop Act and Biggest Fans. Awards also went to Katy Perry for Best Look and Best Video (for the tongue-in-cheek Egyptian themed Dark Horse). Best Male and Best Female went to Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande respectively, while the infamous Ozzy Osbourne picked up the evening’s Global Icon Award.
Aside from the awards themselves, the crowd was treated to live performances from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Hip-Hop princess Nicki Minaj and a heavily pregnant Alicia Keyes.


Royal Exchange Square (Glasgow) at night” by John Lindielicenced under CC BY 2.0

The winning city

This year’s MTV awards have highlighted what a fantastic city Glasgow is, at the centre of a global pop scene. Glasgow has a buzzing nightlife, with a high concentration of bars, nightclubs and music venues. For a stag or hen do, or even just for a party weekend, Glasgow should rank pretty highly on your destination list. With Edinburgh so close to Glasgow, you can easily take in these two great cities during the one trip. You can take advantage of all the beauty and cultural benefits of the Scottish capital with these 20 great things to do, before heading back for some serious partying in one of the UK’s most up and coming young cities.