The 2020 MTV Europe Music Awards virtually rocked the world on November 8. Little Mix hosted the 27th annual ceremony, although only three members of the group, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, appeared. Jesy Nelson did not participate due to health reasons.
Like its American counterpart this year, performances for the show were filmed at various locations around Europe due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and then broadcast in 180 countries.
Lady Gaga was the most nominated artist with seven nominations to her name, followed by BTS and Justin Bieber with five each. BTS was the most awarded act of the ceremony, claiming awards in four of the five categories they were nominated in. Three new categories were introduced this year: Best Latin, Video for Good, and Best Virtual Live, a one-off category in light of the pandemic. Little Mix were also triumphant as they picked up the Best Pop and Best UK and Ireland Act awards.
Of course, the night was just as much about fashion as it was music.
Rita Ora chose a fun yellow ruffled tulle Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2021 mini-dress styled with glitzy René Caovilla “Galaxia” sandals and a velvet veiled headband.
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Before performing her song ‘Love Looks Better’ from Los Angeles, Alicia Keys rocked a street style inspired look which included a super oversized Moschino Pre-Fall 2020 leather sheepskin coat teamed with drawstring cargo pants, a crop top from LA Roxx, matching face mask and a pair of the highly coveted Jimmy Choo x Timberland boots.
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The Colombian singer Karol G showed a sporty racing-inspired red, white and black Moschino Pre-Fall 2020 straight from the runway gown and eye-catching Loree Rodkin jewels.
Also in Moschino, Winnie Harlowe wore a colorful striped high low gown from the label’a Fall 2020 collection styled with white pumps and jewelry by Gismondi 1754.
Bebe Rexha decided to go with a Christopher Kane Fall 2019 dress that included a lace bustier and voluminous satin mini-skirt. The frock’s puzzling proportions and the styling with thigh-high leather boots, Shay Jewelry earrings and necklace and fiery red hair didn’t do the singer any favors.
British songstress Anne-Marie who was in London for the virtual event had her own modern Cinderella moment wearing a lustrous pastel-blue satin mini-dress from the brand Area featuring a flattering darted bodice, sweetheart neckline, crystal-encrusted straps and dramatic bow on the split hem. If the frock looks familiar, it may be because Keke Palmer who wore it to the 2020 MTV VMAs back in August. The “Alarm” singer accessorized with matching blue bow top slingback sandals and chunky silver jewelry.
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Madison Beer sizzled in custom chocolate brown satin mini-dress with a Swarovski crystal-embellished corset base and chain detail by Vivienne Westwood and matching pair of knee-length satin brown boots. While the 21-year-old nailed her first look, she later changed into a try-too-hard, barely there white Mugler ensemble which included a sheer skirt and revealing cutaway details.
Before performing, Swedish singer Zara Larsson worked the red carpet in a custom Atelier Versace backless purple metal mesh mini-dress with voluminous, crystal-encrusted shoulder straps, styled with Bvlgari jewels and Versace Artifact sandals.
British singer Raye chose a simple but glittery orange Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski beaded dress paired with black platform sandals.
Becca Dudley stood out in a red embellished jumpsuit from Nadine Merabi.
Brazilian singer Anitta floated down the red carpet in a dramatic black Dolce & Gabbana ballgown featuring a seductive sheer corset.
“Say So” singer Doja Cat was a whole mood in a black embellished sheer gown from Matthew Williams’ debut Givenchy Spring 2021 collection with thigh-high purple boots underneath.
Model Barbara Palvin tuned in from her hometown of Budapest suited up in a mint green Nanushka ensemble.
Each of the members of Little Mix donned two knockout looks styled by London-based design team Zack Tate and Jamie McFarland throughout the night. Perrie Edwards went for an avant-garde look via a suit-inspired leotard with whimsical ruffle train from Act N°1. The Milan-based brand is known for their unique punk-meets-haute couture designs which are rooted in Chinese art and Azerbaijani craft.
She also wore a cobalt blue Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili Fall 2020 bustier faux leather jacket with padded shoulders, and notch lapel styled with Sophia Webster statement sandals featuring sculpted from metallic silver leather, with delicate clear PVC straps and embellished with iridescent crystals.
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Leigh-Anne Pinnock went super edgy wearing a custom Luis De Javier white sheer logo-covered matching set and perspex sandals proving that we may have judged them way too early.
She also popped in a bright orange Annakiki Spring 2021 puff sleeve mini-dress and Giuseppe Zanotti Harmony sandals.
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Finally Jade Thirlwall glammed up wearing a Saint Laurent Fall 2017 LBD which boasted a dazzling diamante shoulder detail and paired with Saint Laurent “Amber” sandals.
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Her other look was worlds different. Thirlwall also hypnotized in a Annakiki’s Spring 2021 psychedelic pink swirl blazer and tights combo,styled with Ego Cyan perspex mules.
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