Billy Eilish, BTA and Taylor Swift win big at MTV EMA 2019; Emiway Bantai wins Best Indian Act

Prateek Kuhad, Rajakumari, Parikrama and Komorebi were other contenders for the Best Indian Act at the Europe Music Awards held in Seville, Spain this year

author_img N Ravi Published :  04th November 2019 01:58 PM   |   Published :   |  04th November 2019 01:58 PM

Billy Eilish, Emiway Bantai and Taylor Swift

In a celebration of the biggest names in the music industry, especially for women, the Europe Music Awards this year, held in Seville, Spain, saw everything from Dua Lipa in a rocking opening act, to both Halsey and Taylor Swift picking up the biggest awards for the evening - Best Song and Best Video. 

Halsey, Ava Max, Rosalía, Nicki Minaj and FKA Twigs were all winners, while the honour of Best Artist went to Shawn Mendes. 

The Kings of K-Pop, BTS won three awards including Biggest Fans for their die-hard BTS Army. Legendary singer Liam Gallagher was honoured with the first-ever Rock Icon Awards. 

From India, Prateek Kuhad, Emiway Bantai, Parikrama, Raja Kumari and Komorebi faced off in the ‘Best Indian Act’ category, with the honour ultimately going to Emiway Bantai, the hip-hop rapper from Mumbai, for his latest single Machayenge

From being a shy child, Bantai (Bilal Shaikh) discovered a love for rap music back in school and soon began writing his own songs and rapping them. His first song in English was Glint Lock, but it was his Hindi hip-hop number, Aur Bantai that shot him to fame, with over 2 million hits YouTube. Bantai was also a part of Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy

Emiway Bantai

The category has seen only Yo Yo Honey Singh win the EMA twice in the category. Bandish Project, Indus Creed, Prateek Kuhad and Raja Kumari have all been nominated at least twice since the inception of this category. Monica Dogra has had three nods, but no wins.

Here's the full list of winners of the EMA's this year: 

Best Video
Taylor Swift - ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco

Best Artist 
Shawn Mendes 

Best Song
Billie Eilish - Bad Guy 

Best Collaboration
ROSALÍA, J Balvin - Con Altura ft. El Guincho 

Best New Artist 
Billie Eilish

Best Pop

Best LIVE 

Best Rock
Green Day 

Best Hip-Hop 
Nicky Minaj 

Best Alternative 
FKA Twigs 

Best Electronic 
Martin Garrix 

Best Look 

Biggest Fans 

Best Group 

Best Push
Ava Max 

Best World Stage
Muse, Bilbao, Spain 2018

Best UK & Ireland Act 
Little Mix 

Rock Icon 
Liam Gallagher 

EMA Generation Change 
Alfredo “Danger” Martinez, 33, Mexico
Shiden Tekle, 20, UK
Lisa Ranran Hu, 20, China
Kelvin Doe, 22, Sierra Leone
Jamie Margolin, 17, USA