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Most Memorable Highlights From The 2017 MMVAs


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The iHeartRadio 2017 MMVAs was another smashing event to put in the books.

Artists and groups from all over the world came to Toronto to celebrate one thing: Music! This year, Much put together a classic artist with a Canadian twist, with Joe Jonas and Alessia Cara as the co-hosts of this year’s show. As one of Canada’s biggest nights for music, we put together a list of our favourite moments from the 2017 MMVAs.

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1) Global access to the iHeartradio MMVA pre-show

This year, Much teamed up with Twitter to broadcast the, “iHeartRadio MMVA Pre-game.” Viewers worldwide were able to stream the red carpet everywhere, and even got to see twelve awards handed out to artists before the live show kicked off. During the pre-show, fans voted to award Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell with the #LitLookMMVA title, awarded for her breathtaking sheer white jumper she wore on the red carpet. Style awards were also given out to Keke Palmer, Tyler Oakley and even co-host Joe Jonas’ band, DNCE.

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MMVAs Shay Mitchell
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2) Marianas Trench made a fashion statement on the red carpet (again)

Marianas Trench is known at the MMVAs for their iconic red carpet outfits. From dressing up as horsemen with inflatable horses, to boaters and jet skiers, they never fail to amaze us when it comes to creative red carpet looks. This year, they definitely lived up to our expectations. The Canadian band arrived in what must have been tens and hundreds of balloons, with lead singer Josh Ramsay jumping out of a cake and wearing…whipped cream? Now that, my friends, is how you leave a mark on the red carpet.

MMVAs Marianas Trench
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3) Lilly Singh empowering everyone with her outfit choice

The 2017 MMVAs were packed with elements of diversity and acceptance. Youtuber Lilly Singh promoted feminism Sunday night by wearing a shirt that said, “Love Thy Sister.” She strutted her way down the red carpet and posed in front of cameras with a group of girls that were dressed in similar tops with the same message. According to CTV, Singh said her stylistic selection was to help others, “understand that feminism is about all shapes and sizes.”

MMVAs Lilly Singh
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4) Canadian artists dominating the MMVAs

There was definitely a lot of Canadian pride last night at the MMVAs. With nine Canadian wins, I think we can all agree that these local artists were our hometown heroes of the night. Some winners include Arkells for Fan Fave Video, and Shawn Mendes who took home Best Pop Video for his chart-topping hit Mercy. Justin Bieber was also awarded with Fan Fave Artist for the second consecutive year, and 6ix god Drake grabbed two pieces of hardware for Most Buzzworthy Canadian and Canadian Single of the Year, both for his hit single One Dance.


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5) Former music group singers get praised for their new solo careers

Speaking of awards, fans voted former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello as the Best New International Artist. Since her departure from the group, the 20-year-old singer released two singles, Crying in the Club and I Have Questions, and opened up the show with a mashup of both hits. Former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan also won the crowd over with his performance of This Town and Slow Hands. With new music playing all over the radio, I think we can all admit that his solo career has taken off on a high note, winning him the title of Fan Fave International Artist.


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6) A Tribe Called Red made their MMVA debut and left a mark with their huge win

The new Canadian electronic music group won the prestigious title of Video of the Year and Best Director at this year’s MMVAs. When making their acceptance speech, the group made a statement of hope to visible minorities around the world. According to CTV, Yassin Alsalman recited the lyrics from their award winning video R.E.D. and said, “To all the black, brown, indigenous, immigrant, international kids out there. Believe in your dreams, make it happen.”


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7) EVERY performance was one to look forward to

From co-host Joe Jonas and his band DNCE opening up the show, to Post Malone’s set that pumped up the crowd, saying the performances were incredible is an understatement. Each and every artist and group brought something different to the Toronto stage, and you can bet that they upheld the MMVA reputation of over-the-top acts. After winning the highly-acclaimed award of International Artist of the Year, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde wrapped up the night with her performance of Green Light and Perfect Places.


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The MMVAs is the Canadian award show of award shows and it successfully celebrated the diverse list of artists and musicians in the music industry.

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