I was lucky enough to be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasgow at the weekend, for the annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Scotland has been host to the EMA's (now in it's 20th year) only once before, and this year promised to be the best yet.
With performances from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, U2 and Slash, MTV were set to make it an International affair, featuring not only the latest pop acts to top the charts, but also some of the most successful Rock icons of the 20th Century.
An event like this was worth getting up at an unsociable time on a Sunday morning - I was up and out of the door just after 5am. After a swift security check and a smooth flight (got to love domestic flights), we arrived in Glasgow around 10am and headed straight to our hotel to check in. It was then time to collect our wristbands and tickets (for the main event and the pre-party) and get ready.
The mail out to attendees stated that we would be standing on a raised platform close to the awards stage, so we should prepare to be on camera and dress to impress! My friend and I sensibly chose dresses that we're both glamorous yet comfortable, and most importantly, weren't completely weather inappropriate (it was around 4 degrees in Glasgow at the time).
At 5pm we were transported to the Glasgow Science Centre, where the official pre-party was taking place. Drinks and food were provided, and there were several photo booths (with props) to make the most of - which, of course, we did.
A short walk across the bridge and we were at the venue for the main event, the SSE Hydro - the Hydro is ranked in the top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas in the world alongside such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden in New York and The O2 in London.
Once inside - this was our view. We were in the VIP area right next to the awards stage, giving us prime location to spot and snap the host, Her Minajesty, and the other award presenters (including Jena Malone, David Hasselhoff and Jourdan Dunne).
We were given wristbands to wear and were told that they would be lighting up at some point during the event. As Enrique Iglesias appeared on stage, it all became clear that the audience were going to be part of his stage performance, and the venue lit up in thousands of colourful dancing lights - all changing colour in sync with each other, and in time with the music!
For those of you that missed the awards, here are the winners:
- Best Video - Katy Perry 'Dark Horse'
- Best Female - Arianna Grande
- Best Male - Justin Bieber
- Best Pop - One Direction
- Biggest Fans Award - One Direction
- Best Look - Katy Perry
- Global Icon Award - Ozzy Osbourne
- Best Song - 'Problem' Arianna Grande
- Best Rock - Linkin Park
- Best Hip-Hop - Nicki Minaj
- Best Worldwide Act - Zhou Bichang
- Best Alternative - Thirty Seconds To Mars
- Best New Act - 5 Seconds of Summer
- Best Electronic - Calvin Harris
- Best World Stage Performance - Enrique Iglesias
- Best Song with a Message - 'Pretty Hurts' Beyonce
We were so excited to be given the chance to attend the EMAs and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Fingers crossed I get to go next year - after all it will be hosted in Italy. Milan, here I come!