Dua Lipa, Rosalia and Green Day will be some of the stars of the EMAs. EFE/ Javier Lopez / J.P. Gandul / Elvis González

 

This weekend, the Andalusian capital is hosting one of the most well-known award ceremonies in the music industry, the European Music Awards, which are being presented for the second consecutive year in Spain. It will feature performances by Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Green Day and Becky G, among others

 

From north to south. From Bilbao to Seville. MTV’s European Music Awards (EMAs) were held last year in the capital of the Basque Country and this weekend will be held in the capital of Andalusia. This will be the fourth time that MTV has decided to celebrate its European awards in Spanish cities, after Barcelona (2002), Madrid (2010), Bilbao (2018) and Seville, and doing so for the second consecutive year in the same country.

A music industry event in which 30,000 people are expected to participate and which will be broadcast to more than 180 countries starting this Thursday, with performances by Spanish groups such as Love of Lesbian, Viva Suecia and Carolina Durante, among others. One of its highlights will be the concert by the band Green Day, which heads the MTV World Stage Seville lineup in the emblematic Plaza de España, accompanied by The Struts and the Spanish group, León Benavente.

The gala will take place this Sunday, 3 November, at 8:00 pm (Spanish time), at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos in Seville (FIBES). Presented by Becky G, one of today’s biggest stars in pop and reggaeton, it will also feature the performances of Dua Lipa, Rosalía, Akon, Ava Max, Sofia Reyes, NCT 127, Mabel, Jhay Cortez and the Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar.

 

Spanish artist Rosalía will compete with Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande for the award of Best Video of the Year

 

Ariana Grande leads the nominations, with 7 nominations, among which are some of the most important: best video, best song and best artist. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, J Balvin and Shawn Mendes are the other nominees for this last category, the best artist of the year.

The Spanish artist Rosalía, once again, has managed to compete for one of the main awards of the night, best video (together with J Balvin, with whom she already won two Video Music Awards last September). She will compete in this category, alongside Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift (winner of 10 VMAs, 5 EMAs and 10 Grammy Awards), Billie Eilish, and Lil Nas X.

There will also be an award for best local artist: Spanish artists, Amaral, Anni B Sweet, Beret, Carolina Durante and Lola Índigo are the candidates for this award. The public can vote for their favourite artist until November 2 at www.mtvema.com

Also, during Sunday’s gala MTV will present, for the first time, the ‘Rock Icon’ award, which will be presented by Liam Gallagher, leader of famous British band Oasis.

 

plaza de españa, sevilla

Seville’s Plaza de España, one of the EMAs’ stages and one of the city’s most emblematic places

Seville, in the international spotlight

 

Seville is accustomed to hosting major world events. In 1992 it hosted the World Exposition, which received around 42 million visitors. In 1999 it hosted the World Athletics Championships, in the Olympic Stadium of La Cartuja. In 2019, Seville has been and continues to be the preferred setting for global events.

Since the beginning of 2019 Seville has been one of the venues for the commemorative acts of the 5th centenary of the first circumnavigation in history, which began in this city, with the support of the Spanish Crown, by Fernando de Magallanes, and concluded years later by Juan Sebastián Elcano.

Last April, the city hosted the World Travel & Tourism Council summit (WTTC), in the words of its organizers, the world’s most important event in travel and tourism. It brought together 140 companies from the sector, 100 CEOs from tourism and hotel companies, and more than 1,650 registered visitors, which provided a business opportunity for Seville of approximately 2,700 million euros. One of its highlights was the conference given by former US President Barack Obama.

The Seville Space Forum (28 and 29 October) has also put Seville in the international spotlight. An event that brought together the European space sector and in which 160 delegates from eight countries took part. The same sector will also hold an event on 28 and 29 November with the Council of Ministers of the ESA, consolidating the city of Seville as a reference in this sector.

The next international meeting in the Andalusian city will be the XVI Congress of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, between 4 and 8 November, which will feature, among other figures, the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa. A cultural meeting that will overlap during those days with the Summit of Travel Associations, which on the 6 and 8 November will bring together the main “destination creators” of the world.