Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga lead the MTV EMA winners with two apiece, but snubbed Beyonce and Adele surprisingly leave empty handed 

They may have each been nominated for four gongs at the MTV EMAs but Adele and Beyonce were left empty handed at Sunday night's 2016 ceremony. 

Instead, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, aDJ Martin Garrix and indie band Twenty One Pilots were the main winners, each scooping two awards.

However none of the big winners were on hand to accept their awards on the night, with Gaga making a brief pre-recorded speech from Tokyo for her Best Female Act and Best Look prizes and Twenty One Pilots currently on tour. 

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Acceptance: Lady Gaga thanked her fans via video from Tokyo as she scooped two gongs - Best Look and Best Female 

Big winner: Justin Bieber, pictured last month, was one of the A-list victors on the night but didn't turn up to accept his prize

Justin, thought to currently be in his native Canada, won the Best Fans award for his legion of loyal Beliebers along with Best Song for his hit Sorry.

Twenty One Pilots, comprised of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, swiped Best Alternative Act and Best Live Artist at the Rotterdam show where many of the A-listed nominees were absent.

Beyoncé was up for Best Video for her single Formation along with Best Female, Best Live and Best Local Act (US) but came away with nothing.

Snub: Adele, pictured at the Brit Awards earlier this year, received  four nominations but came away with no awards 

Nothing for Beyonce: The singer, pictured on stage at the 50th annual CMA Awards  last week also emerged empty handed

Adele lost out to Justin in the Best Song category, while she was pipped to the post for Best UK and Ireland act by Little Mix who beat out stiff competition from Zayn (Malik), Coldplay and Years And Years.

'WHAAAAT! We won?!' the band tweeted. 'We won an #MTVEMA on #GetWeird's anniversary! ALL because of you... Love you guys to the MOON & Back the girls x'

The gong for Best Video went to The Weeknd for Starboy ft Daft Punk, while Shawn Mendes nabbed Best Male Artist, collecting the gong from Jordan Dunne and dedicating his prize to his 'incredible fans worldwide.' 

Joyous: Zara Larsson collected her Best New Artist gong from Jaden Smith 

Proud winners: The Weeknd won Best Video award at the MTV Europe Music Awards while Martin Garrix won Best Electronic and Best Live 

Lush Life hitmaker Zara Larsson, seemed surprised to get Best New Artist following her dramatic performance of Ain't My Fault and Lush Life, collecting the award from Jaden Smith. 

Coldplay picked up Best Rock Act, while Fifth Harmony, which formed on The X Factor USA back in 2012 scooped Best Pop Act.

Drake was crowned Best Hip Hop Act, Martin Garrix nabbed Best Electronic Artist, while DNCE got Best Push Act.

In it for the win: Joe Jonas and his band DNCE won for Best Push Act 

Hit: Musicians Josh Dun (L) and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots were also unable to be at the venue to collect their awards 

Green Day were in for a special treat as they won the Global Icon Award, ending the show with a special performance of American Idiot.

'I’ve got to say one thing, it's really nice to be in Europe right now,' said the lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, collecting the gong from British actor Idris Elba.

'Most of all it's nice to be out of America, just for a second because of this horrendous election that’s going on right now,' he added.  

Victory speech: Green Day scooped the prestigious Global Icon prize


 Best Video 

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy

 Best Song 

Justin Bieber – Sorry

 Best Female 

Lady Gaga

 Best Male 

Shawn Mendes

 Best Live  

Twenty One Pilots

 Best New

Zara Larsson

 Best Pop 

Fifth Harmony 

Best UK and Ireland Act 

Little Mix 

 Worldwide Act 

Troye Sivan - Australia

Shawn Mendes – Canada

Maluma – Columbia

GOT7 – Korea

Wizkid - Nigeria Zara Larsson – Sweden 

 Best Rock


Best Alternative 

Twenty One Pilots

 Best Hip Hop


Best Electronic

Martin Garrix

 Best Push  


Best World Stage 

Martin Garrix – Isle of MTV, Malta (2015) 

Biggest Fans

Justin Bieber 

Best Look

Lady Gaga

Icon Award

Green Day 


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