MTV EMAs: Little Mix send their love to absent Jesy Nelson after singer missed  star-studded show

Little Mix paid tribute to absent bandmate Jesy Nelson as they won the Best Pop gong at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Sunday evening. 

The girl group hosted the event, which was beamed virtually from various European cities rather than one host country due to ongoing travel restrictions and safety concerns prompted by the COVID-19 crisis.

But they were forced to accept individual awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece after Jesy was unable to attend due to ‘sickness.’ 

Reaching out: Little Mix paid tribute to absent bandmate Jesy Nelson as they won the Best Pop gong at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Sunday evening

Reaching out: Little Mix paid tribute to absent bandmate Jesy Nelson as they won the Best Pop gong at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Sunday evening

Reaching out: Little Mix paid tribute to absent bandmate Jesy Nelson as they won the Best Pop gong at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) on Sunday evening

The singer, 29, also missed the finale of the band’s BBC talent show The Search with the same mystery condition.

Reaching out to their band-mate, Leigh-Anne Pinnock said: ‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing. We just so wish our girl Jesy was here to receive this with us. She would be so happy.

‘Thank you so much to our fans. You guys are just the best, you’re like our best friends. You have our backs, you’re just incredible.’

Absent: The group were forced to accept individual awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece after Jesy (pictured) was unable to attend due to 'sickness'

Absent: The group were forced to accept individual awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece after Jesy (pictured) was unable to attend due to 'sickness'

Absent: The group were forced to accept individual awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece after Jesy (pictured) was unable to attend due to ‘sickness’

The virtual and socially-distanced MTV EMAs 2020…

The socially-distanced and pre-recorded event saw a star-studded line-up from across the world with appearances from  Los Angeles, London and Canada.   

Little Mix hosted the show, without member Jesy Nelson who had been taken ill. They girls appeared on a computer generated stage within the ‘stadium’.  

Most of the show was filmed in advance on November 1. 

The ceremony was held at a virtual stadium which was  full of waving and cheering fans. 

Alicia Keys performed her new song from Los Angeles, Maluma sang from a penthouse in Miami, while David Guetta went all out from a stage built in the pool of the Széchenyi Bath in Hungary. 

Acts stood two metres apart from one another for their glamorous photocalls. 

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Following the ceremony, Little Mix – also made up of Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall – admitted they had “a blast” hosting the spectacle, but “missed” Jesy.

A post on their official Twitter account read: ‘Tonight was the best Fire. Thank you for letting us host @mtvema, we had a BLAST!! We missed you Jesy

‘Thank you to everyone who voted for us to win Best UK & Ireland act and Best Pop. Love you all Mixers (sic)’

Thinking of you: Reaching out to their band-mate, Leigh-Anne Pinnock said, 'Oh my gosh, this is amazing. We just so wish our girl Jesy was here to receive this with us. She would be so happy'

Thinking of you: Reaching out to their band-mate, Leigh-Anne Pinnock said, 'Oh my gosh, this is amazing. We just so wish our girl Jesy was here to receive this with us. She would be so happy'

Thinking of you: Reaching out to their band-mate, Leigh-Anne Pinnock said, ‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing. We just so wish our girl Jesy was here to receive this with us. She would be so happy’

Top honour: The group accepted awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece

Top honour: The group accepted awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece

Top honour: The group accepted awards for Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act as a three-piece

Ecstatic: The three band-mates looked delighted as they took to the stage on Sunday evening

Ecstatic: The three band-mates looked delighted as they took to the stage on Sunday evening

Ecstatic: The three band-mates looked delighted as they took to the stage on Sunday evening 

The girls also paid tribute to Jesy on their respective Instagram accounts after sharing a series of images from the event with followers.  

Jade wrote: ‘Years ago we dreamed of even being invited to the @mtv EMAs. Tonight we hosted the show, performed and won 2 awards, the only thing missing was our Jesy.

‘Thank you so much to all of our fans who voted and to @mtvema for having us.’

Not forgotten: The girls also paid tribute to Jesy on their respective Instagram accounts after sharing a series of images from the event with followers

Not forgotten: The girls also paid tribute to Jesy on their respective Instagram accounts after sharing a series of images from the event with followers

Not forgotten: The girls also paid tribute to Jesy on their respective Instagram accounts after sharing a series of images from the event with followers

Perrie added: ‘What a DREAM come TRUE. To our amazing fans THANK YOU. Thank you for EVERYTHING you do.

‘We hosted, performed and won TWO AWARDS all thanks to you. Wish our girl Jesy coulda been there! Thanks @mtvema for having us!’ 

While Leigh-Anne wrote: ‘Hol up?? Did someone say two EMA awards? I can’t believe we hosted, performed and then to top it all off you guys won us TWO EMA’s!

A blast: The absent star was later mentioned on the official Little Mix Twitter account

A blast: The absent star was later mentioned on the official Little Mix Twitter account

A blast: The absent star was later mentioned on the official Little Mix Twitter account 

‘Where would we be without our mixers???? You guys are truly the best fans anyone could ever ask for!

‘We just so wish Jesy could have been there too! thank you so much @mtvema for having us.’ 

As well as hosting and picking up prizes, the band also performed latest single Sweet Melody from London. 

MTV EMAs 2020: THE WINNERS

BEST VIDEO 

DJ Khaled – POPSTAR ft Drake 

Billie Eilish – everything i wanted

Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion 

Karol G – Tusa ft Nicki Minaj

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Taylor Swift – The Man

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

BEST ARTIST

Lady Gaga 

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber 

Miley Cyrus

The Weeknd

BEST SONG

Champs: BTS scooped the coveted Best Song prize

Champs: BTS scooped the coveted Best Song prize

Champs: BTS scooped the coveted Best Song prize

BTS – Dynamite

DaBaby – Rockstar ft Roddy Ricch

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Roddy Ricch – The Box

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

BEST COLLABORATION

Karol G – Tusa ft Nicki Minaj

BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez – Ice Cream

Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion

DaBaby – Rockstar ft. Roddy Ricch

Justin Bieber – Intentions ft Quavo 

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Sam Smith, Demi Lovato – I’m Ready

BEST POP 

Reign supreme: Presenters of the night Little Mix (Jade Thirlwall pictured) won the Best Pop gong

Reign supreme: Presenters of the night Little Mix (Jade Thirlwall pictured) won the Best Pop gong

Reign supreme: Presenters of the night Little Mix (Jade Thirlwall pictured) won the Best Pop gong

Little Mix

BTS

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Lady Gaga 

BEST GROUP 

BTS 

5 Seconds of Summer

BLACKPINK 

Chloe x Halle

CNCO

Little Mix

BEST NEW

Doja Cat 

Benee

DaBaby

Jack Harlow

Roddy Ricch

Yungblud

BEST VIRTUAL LIVE 

BTS – BANG BANG CON The Live

J Balvin – Behind The Colores Live Experience

Katy Perry @ Tomorrow Land – Around The World

Little Mix – UNCancelled

Maluma – Papi Juancho Live

Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

 

BEST LATIN 

Triumph: Karol G beamed as she picked up the Best Latin award

Triumph: Karol G beamed as she picked up the Best Latin award

Triumph: Karol G beamed as she picked up the Best Latin award

Karol G 

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny

J Balvin 

Maluma

Ozuna 

BEST ROCK 

Coldplay

Green Day

Liam Gallagher

Pearl Jam

Tame Impala

The Killers

BEST HIP HOP 

Cardi B

DaBaby

Drake

Eminem

Megan Thee Stallion

Roddy Ricch

Travis Scott

BEST ELECTRONIC  

On cloud nine: David Guetta beat out Calvin Klein for the Best Electronic accolade (pictured on stage with Raye)

On cloud nine: David Guetta beat out Calvin Klein for the Best Electronic accolade (pictured on stage with Raye)

On cloud nine: David Guetta beat out Calvin Klein for the Best Electronic accolade (pictured on stage with Raye)

David Guetta

Calvin Harris 

Kygo

Marshmello

Martin Garrix

The Chainsmokers

BEST ALTERNATIVE 

Hayley Williams 

blackbear

FKA twigs 

Machine Gun Kelly

The 1975

twenty one pilots

VIDEO FOR GOOD 

H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe 

Anderson .Paak – Lockdown

David Guetta & Sia – Let’s love

Demi Lovato – I Love Me 

Jorja Smith – By Any Means

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

BEST PUSH 

Effortlessly cool: YUNGBLUD beat out Benee and Brockhampton in the Best Push category

Effortlessly cool: YUNGBLUD beat out Benee and Brockhampton in the Best Push category

Effortlessly cool: YUNGBLUD beat out Benee and Brockhampton in the Best Push category

YUNGBLUD 

AJ Mitchell

Ashnikko

Benee

Brockhampton

Conan Gray

Doja Cat

Georgia

Jack Harlow

Lil Tecca

Tate McRae

Wallows

 

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