The first MTV Europe Music Awards were held on November 24, 1994 at Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany, five years after the removal of the Berlin Wall. Hosted by Tom Jones, the show featured performances by Aerosmith, Björk, Roxette, Take That and George Michael. Presenters included East 17, Jean Paul Gaultier, Naomi Campbell, Pamela Anderson and model Helena Christensen, who kissed INXS's Michael Hutchence live on stage.
The 13th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, live from Copenhagen, Denmark. Hosted by Justin Timberlake.
The 14th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, live from Munich, Germany. Hosted by Snoop Dogg.
The MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 took place on November 6, 2008 in Liverpool, United Kingdom at the Echo Arena. The hosts of the awards were Katy Perry with 30 Seconds to Mars hosting the interviews space called "Weird Things That Humans Do".
The MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 took place in Berlin, Germany at the O2 World and in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The award show was presented by Katy Perry. Nominations were officially announced on September 21, 2009. This is the fourth time that the MTV Europe Music Awards were hosted in Germany. Nominations for the regional awards were announced on 1 September 2009. Pete Wentz was the host for the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards webcast, featuring backstage gossip, interviews and much more. Though the awards are seen as Europe's premiere music event few European artists have received nominations in key categories. The majority of nominations are American artists, some European countries which dominate in key categories include the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, France and Germany. With receiving three awards, Beyoncé Knowles was the big winner of the evening. One especialness was the free concert of U2 in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
The event was hosted by Eva Longoria Parker — who had 13 outfit changes, one of which was shaped like a huge Spanish ham — and introduced the crowd to a gang of hunks, pretending they were family. The actress joked, "I recently did some research into my ancestry and it turns out I'm 70 per cent Spanish! I tracked down some of my relatives in Madrid (and) I promised that I'd bring them out on stage. A big welcome to the Longorias!". During her acceptance speech for Best New Act, Ke$ha directly addressed her fans, saying: "Hopefully I can inspire you to give your finger to the cynics and fucking be yourself!".[
The 2013 MTV EMAs (also known as the MTV Europe Music Awards) was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 10 November 2013. This was the first time since 1997 when the awards where held in the Netherlands. The MTV Europe Music Awards last night seen Eminem, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry all snapping up gongs, but it was Miley Cyrus who sparked controversy after she lit and smoked a hand rolled cigarette on stage. Hosts: Redfoo and Ariana Grande. Performances: Miley Cyrus — “We Can’t Stop”, Robin Thicke featuring Iggy Azalea — “Blurred Lines” / “Feel Good”, Katy Perry — “Unconditionally”, Kings of Leon — “Beautiful War”, Bruno Mars — “Gorilla”, Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”, Eminem — “Berzerk” / “Rap God”, Snoop Lion featuring Afrojack — “Gin and Juice”, The Killers — “Shot At The Night” / “Mr. Brightside”, Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive”, Icona Pop — “I Love It”, Ylvis — “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”
Bebe Rexha hosts the awards ceremony from the Ahoy Rotterdam stage. The show features live performances from Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars and Shawn Mendes, who makes his first appearance at the event and is nominated in four categories. Other nominees include Beyonce, DNCE, Zara Larsson, Duran Duran, Metallica, Calvin Harris and Lady Gaga. All but one of the categories will be decided by votes from the general public.