MTV today revealed a set of badass females leading the 2018 MTV EMA lineup: Global superstar Nicki Minaj, multi-platinum superstar Halsey and Spanish sensation Rosalía are the first performer names announced for the global music celebration airing live globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain on Sunday, 4 November at 8pm GMT.
MTV also announced its first wave of presenters for the big night: actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna from the new upcoming Netflix crime drama Narcos: Mexico.
Minaj returns to the EMA stage with two nominations this year, Best Hip Hop and Best Look, after hosting the 2014 MTV EMAs in Glasgow. This marks Halsey and Rosalía’s EMA stage debut, with Rosalía securing a nod for Best Spanish Act.
The undisputed reigning queen of hip hop, Nicki Minaj released her platinum selling highly anticipated fourth studio album Queen in August, her first album in four years, including hit singles Barbie Tingz, Chun-Li and Bed featuring Ariana Grande.
Halsey’s EMA performance announcement follows the release of her new single “Without Me,” Halsey’s first new solo music since 2017's Billboard 200 number 1, platinum album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Halsey’s world tour recently wrapped up with two sold-out shows in London."
Rosalía’s EMA set comes on the heels of the Latin Grammy-nominated artist’s new album drop, El Mal Querer. The video for her first single off the album, Malamente, clocked 20 million views in just three months.
Additional performers and presenters to be announced.
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