One Direction don't show despite big win at MTV's top European awards

Sun Nov 9, 2014 6:36pm EST
 
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GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) - Boy-band sensation One Direction were among the big winners that failed to turn up to collect their prizes at one of Europe's top music events on Sunday, after they scooped three MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.

Justin Bieber and Katy Perry were among other notable no-shows, though the firework-filled ceremony was lit up by charismatic and popular rapper Nicki Minaj, who hosted, performed and won an award.

Rock veterans Ozzy Osbourne, U2 and Slash all also made appearances, giving the show a grizzled edge.

Fans in the arena were most vocal for the younger acts, however, even if some weren't able to attend.

British pop group One Direction, known for their dedicated global fan base, won Best Pop, Best Live and Biggest Fans, scooping three of a possible four gongs. They apologised for being unable to collect their awards in person in video messages.

The ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary, was held in the 13,000-seat SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

The city hosted the music channel MTV's flagship European awards show for the first time.

In the absence of some more established acts, singer-songwriter Ariana Grande flourished, grabbing her first two MTV EMAs and opening the show.

The relative newcomer beat better-known acts such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Minaj to win Best Female, and her song "Problem", featuring rapper Iggy Azalea, won Best Song ahead of Pharrell Williams' triple-platinum hit "Happy".   Continued...

 
(L-R) Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction arrive for the BRIT Awards, celebrating British pop music, at the O2 Arena in London February 19, 2014.    REUTERS/Luke MacGregor