Are you ready Glasgow?
The MTV EMAs 2014 kick off tonight at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro for the very first time with rap-diva, Nicki Minaj at the helm. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the awards ceremony and will feature live performances from Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Alicia Keys and U2.
Celebrate with us as we look back at some of the most memorable live EMA performances to date; keep it here for giant disco balls, a homage to Rocky, motorcycles and giant cherry chapsticks!
Madonna “Hung Up”
Queen Of Pop, Madonna brought disco fever to Lisbon in 2005 when she performed the ABBA-infused, lead single of her album, “Confessions On A Dancefloor” live for the first time, complete with thigh high boots and purple disco pants!
Amy Winehouse “Back To Black”
The late, great Amy Winehouse reminded us why we fell in love with her sultry, sassy style when she performed her signature song, “Back To Black” in 2007 when The EMAs hit Munich, Germany.
U2 paid tribute to Rocky with their MTV EMA performance in 1997 in Rotterdam. Introduced by actor, Dennis Hopper, Bono donned a boxing gown to open the show with single, “Mofo” from their album, “Pop”.
Christina Aguilera “Dirrty”
Stripper-esque songstress, Christina Aguilera got down ‘n’ dirrty when she performed at the 2002 EMAs in Barcelona. Clad in black leather, Aguilera roared onto the stage on a motorcycle. The singer went on to host the awards the following year in Edinburgh.
Beyonce “Sweet Dreams”
Queen Bey put in one of the most memorable EMA performance in 2009 in Berlin. Her live performance of hit single, “Sweet Dreams” from her “I Am . . . Sasha Fierce” album was sizzling, but not as sizzling as her red-hot outfit!
Eminem “Like Toy Soldiers”/”Just Lose It”
Rap bad-boy, Eminem stole the 2004 show in Rome with a mash-up of his hits, “Like Toy Soldiers” and “Just Lose It”.
Spice Girls “Spice Up Your Life”
In 1997, the pop-world belonged to five girls. “Spice Up Your Life” brought the house down in Rotterdam when Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Posh took to the stage and proved the Girl Power ruled the world (in the 90s, at least).
Rihanna “Only Girl In The World”
Pop princess, Rihanna may not be the only girl in the world, but at the 2010 EMAs in Madrid, she WAS the only girl we were all watching when she performed her smash-hit, taken from the album, “Loud”. With her fiery red hair, tiara and floral skirt, she was a treat for the eyes and the ears.
The Killers “Human”
The Killers put on a big-budget production of signature song, “Human” in 2008 in Liverpool. The Las Vegas band brought a little razzle dazzle to the EMA stage when they performed in individual boxes and ad-libbed a little Echo & The Bunnymen.
Katy Perry “I Kissed A Girl”
California girl and then-new chick on the block, Katy Perry had just recently shot to international fame thanks to her pop anthem, “I Kissed A Girl” when she hosted The MTV EMAs in 2008. Never one to do things half-heartedly, Perry appeared on-stage wearing American football get-up “riding”a giant cherry chapstick, surrounded by zesty, teen cheerleaders . . .