While big artists like Lorde, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Drake and Sam Roberts took home various MMVA honours for their contributions to music over the past year, Sunday’s annual Much show provided a slew of highlight moments and characters that deserved an award on their own.
Here is a list of MMVAs that should have been handed out last night and the very deserving performers who should receive them.
Best Acappella Performance: Imagine Dragons singing “Happy Birthday”
While accepting an MMVA for best international group video, Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds led the audience in a huge impromptu acappella rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Dragon’s guitarist Wayne Sermon. A national sing along to honour your birthday? Not too shabby.
Most Creative Use of a Prop: Lorde and her lamp
Lorde’s use of a lamp as a slow dance partner during her performance of “Team” was so popular that everyone seemed to be talking about it afterwards. It even joined the ranks of Pharrell’s hat on Twitter. Yes, Lorde’s Lamp is now a Twitter account. The definite winner of prop of the night.
Best Silent Presenter: The Weeknd
One of the most popular presenters of the evening was also the quietest. While coming out to throw to the Sam Roberts Band performance, the ever-elusive the Weeknd barely spoke into the microphone except to finally say “make some noise for the Sam Roberts Band.” It didn’t make him any less popular with the audience.
Mini-Mariah Ariana Grande showed off her vocal pipes, dance moves and posse of chiseled shirtless men that accompanied her performance of her hit song “Problem” to close the festivities last night. If not having enough shirtless guys to follow you around is a problem, Ariana is doing just fine. She also proved once again that her voice is incredible.
Most Successful Absent Artist: Drake
Even though he wasn’t able to make it out to the show, the face of Canadian hip hop Drake was still one of the biggest stars of the night. Drake won two MMVAS, making him the most successful winner that didn’t show up last night, as well as the second biggest winner of the evening overall.
Best Surprise Caterer: Ed Sheeran
If the whole music thing doesn’t work out for Ed Sheeran, he may have a career as a popular caterer. For his entrance on the MMVA red carpet, Sheeran showed up in a blue food truck and handed out cups of french fries to excited and hungry fans. A very popular decision.
Best Game of Thrones Homage: Kendall Jenner’s red carpet dress
Everyone seems to be talking about Kendall Jenner’s unique, naked-from-the-waist-down dress that she wore on the MMVA red carpet. While very risqué, you have to give Jenner props for wearing what looks like a prop outfit from Game of Thrones. Maybe it was an homage to the season finale last night.
Most Popular Band of the Night: Hedley
Even though absent Justin Bieber won the MMVA for favourite artist, it sure seemed like Hedley was the most popular group of the night. Jacob Hoggard and his pals won three awards, the most of the evening, and got some of the biggest audience receptions every time they hit the stage.
Best Team Wardrobe: Mariana’s Trench
If one group stuck out as having the best team wardrobe, it had to be B.C.’s Mariana’s Trench. The Trenchers showed up on the MMVA red carpet wearing matching pajamas while being dragged on a bed. Sounds like a comfy way to spend an evening.
Best Pyro Use: Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons are quickly proving that they are one of the best bands to play award shows, and last night was no different. Their performance of “Demons” and “Radioactive” was epic and included every member of the band pounding drums while some seriously sweet pyro lit up the sky in downtown Toronto.
Best Sports Appearance: PK Subban
Montreal Canadian star defenceman PK Subban was a big hit at the MMVAs…especially with the ladies. Subban was greeted with a ton of hollers when he arrived on the red carpet as well as when he appeared on stage to present. It looked like he was enjoying all of the attention.
Classiest Band of the Night: The Sam Roberts Band
The Sam Roberts Band once again took the stage at the MMVAs in fine form, bringing their special brand of stripped down Canadian rock to the fans. The band felt like the classy, elder statesmen of the MMVAs this year, both in their performance and accepting their award for rock video of the year.
Best Award Show Recovery: The Jenner Sisters
Say what you want about Kendall and Kylie, but the Jenner sisters survived hosting the 2014 MMVAs pretty well flub-free. Following Kendall’s shaky presenting skills at the Billboard Awards, the media world was keeping their eyes open for a follow up disaster. But the Jenner sisters pulled it off! And they looked pretty fantastic too.
And just in case you were living under a rock and for some reason missed the show, here is a complete list of the official winners at the 2014 MMVAs:
Video of the Year: Hedley “Anything”
International Video of the Year – Artist: Lorde – “Royals”
International Video of the Year – Group: Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
Pop Video of the Year: Hedley “Anything”
Dance Video of the Year: Autoerotique – “Asphyxiation”
Hip-Hop Video of the Year: Drake – “Worst Behavior”
Rock/Alternative Video of the Year: Sam Roberts – “Shapeshifters”
International Video of the Year by a Canadian: Drake f. Majid Jordan – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
Director of the Year: Thugli – “Run This”
Post-Production of the Year: City and Colour – “Thirst”
MuchFACT video of the Year: Son Real – “Everywhere We Go”
Your Fave Video: Hedley – “Anything”
Your Fave Artist of Group: Justin Bieber
Your Fave International Artist: Selena Gomez