It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Red carpets were rolled out and celebrities flocked in for Much’s annual giant street party. As always, this year did not disappoint with a swoon-worthy guest list that included the likes of Gigi Hadid, Tyler Posey, Hailee Steinfeld, Sarah Hyland, Bella Thorne and many more. Here are our fave highlights from one of Canada’s hottest awards shows.
1. Drake supporting his woes in the 6ix
He showed up in a grey hoodie and was only on stage for a few minutes, yet Drake’s appearance was arguably the best and most surprising moment of the night. When it was announced that P. Reign won the MMVA for “Best Hip-Hop Video” for his song “DnF” that features Drake, host TRexx noticed his trophy was missing, only to have Drizzy himself (who also co-directed) deliver the sleek black trophy to erupting screams from the crowd.
2. Everything Ed Sheeran
Our fave redheaded Brit is no stranger to the MMVAs, having been to the show for the past four years. But this year he stepped up his game and co-hosted, performed two hit singles “Photograph” and “Thinking Out Loud”, won two MMVAs for “Best International Artist” and “Most Buzzworthy Artist International Artist”, and made some dirty jokes on stage. “They couldn’t afford the Jenners so I came back and did it for free,” he joked on stage. Well, it’s safe to say he nailed it, and we’re totally down for him to return next year.
3. Pete Wentz delivering cats on demand to the stage
It’s no shocker that Ed Sheeran is a fan of cats, but it was pretty surprising when he had Pete Wentz bring out a furry feline on stage, not once but twice for presenters Bella Thorne and Sarah Hyland.
4. Every. Single. Live. Performance.
It’s kind of impossible to choose one favourite because really, they all had us dancing and singing out loud. With a lineup that would make music fans of all genres happy, this year we had the pleasure of seeing Jason Derulo, Nick Jonas, Fall Out Boy, Mia Martina, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Carly Rae Jepsen show off their talent. Our personal faves included Tori Kelly who proved she can deliver her killer vocals live on stage as everyone sang along to “Nobody Love” and Walk Off The Earth’s performance with very pregnant lead singer, Sarah Blackwood, who took the stage by storm.
5. The Weeknd
We can’t help but share some hometown love to one of the best singer’s from Toronto, who also received the most awards of the night. He took home four MMVAs that night for “Video of the Year”, “Best Director”, “Best Pop Video” and “Most Buzzworthy Canadian”. He also performed two hit singles, “Earned It” and “Mood Music” to a roaring crowd.
Honorary Mention: If there’s one tune we can’t get out of our head or escape from, it’s “Cheerleader”, a song that seems to be on repeat on radios around the world! Seeing Jamaican singer Omi perform it live on the red carpet was definitely great pre-show entertainment. But not only that, he brought along the Argos cheerleaders!