Milan — Pop singer Justin Bieber dominated the MTV EMAs with five European music awards on Sunday night, including for best male performer, best collaboration and best look.
"It's been a long couple of years. I just feel it's awesome to be recognized for my music," Bieber, who was up for six awards, told the crowd.
Clad in a boyish red ensemble, Bieber performed his single What Do You Mean? for screaming fans inside the Mediolanum Center in Italy's fashion capital of Milan.
As he picked up his award for best collaboration, Bieber said "it's been a pretty good night." By the time he took the fifth award, for best look, he just said "Wow."
"I don't know what to say, I got these looks from my mamma," Bieber added.
He also won the worldwide act: North America category.
The rest of the categories:
Host Ed Sheeran had a busy night, keeping the show going with co-host Ruby Rose, performing with Rudimental on their hit Lay It On Me, and taking home two awards himself, for best live act and best world stage.
Taylor Swift, who led all artists with nine nominations, took just one prize, best song, for Bad Blood, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Rihanna won best female performer while Nicki Minaj took best hip hop. One Direction won for best pop group, preventing Bieber from sweeping all the awards for which he was nominated.
None of those acts were on hand to accept, and only Minaj sent along a "thank you" video.
Best video went to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who opened the show with their award-winning song Downtown, with Eric Nally flying against a full moon backdrop. They thanked fans for supporting their music without the backing of a big label.
Pharrell Williams closed out the ceremony, singing a rousing rendition of his anthem Freedom with dancers in brightly coloured swing skirts.
As the broadcast wrapped up, cameras cut to the Piazza Duomo in Milan's center, where fans unfurled a huge "Freedom" banner to raise awareness about Europe's refugee crisis.
New Wave rockers Duran Duran were honoured with the first-ever MTV video visionary award honouring music video pioneers.
"Music lovers around the world, when we started, there was us and MTV, and we blazed a trail and we were there for each other," Simon Le Bon told the crowd.
Conceived as an alternative to the MTV Video Music Awards aimed at international fans, North American stars nonetheless have often dominated the European edition, whose venue changes each year.
Andrea Bocelli made his MTV EMA debut, lulling the Italian crowd into a sing-along of his hit Con te partiro before singing a duet with best newcomer nominee Tori Kelly.
"It's been such an honour just to be around him and just see how he works and it's really cool to see his wife and kids," Kelly said on the red carpet.
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Here is the full list of winners:
Best Song: Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, Bad BloodBest Video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewi, DowntownBest Female: RihannaBest Male: Justin BieberBest New Act: Shawn MendesBest Pop: One DirectionBest Electronic: Martin GarrixBest Rock: ColdplayBest Alternative: Lana Del ReyBest Hip Hop: Nicki MinajBest Live Act: Ed SheeranBest World Stage: Ed Sheeran V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014Best Push: Shawn MendesBiggest Fans: Justin BieberBest Look: Justin BieberBest Collaboration: Justin Bieber, Skrillex & Diplo, "Where Are Ü Now"Video Visionary Award: Duran DuranBest U.S. Act: Taylor SwiftBest Canadian Act: Justin BieberBest UK & Ireland Act: Little MixBest North America Act: Taylor Swift
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(Photos: AP Photos)
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