A Tribe Called Red and Drake Lead the Way as Big Winners at the 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS

— June 19, 2017

– Hosts Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas light up Sunday night in the 6ix –
– A Tribe Called Red takes home Video Of The Year and Best Director, their first ever IHEARTRADIO MMVAs –
– Drake dominates again, adding two more MMVAs to his hardware collection –
– More than 16 million votes cast for MMVA Fan Fave categories across multiple platforms –

“Thank you @iHeartRadioCA / MMVA’s. Had a great day with you guys. Great crowd, great show and an award. Happy with that” – Niall Horan, THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs performer and winner “I LOVE CANADA OMG” – Camila Cabello, THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs performer “tonight was the BEST!! #MMVAs were such a blast, Toronto people know how to do an award show!!” – Tyler Oakley, THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs presenter TORONTO (June 18, 2017) – Alessia Cara and Joe Jonas reigned Toronto tonight as hosts of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS, where Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red took home their first ever hardware for Video of the Year (“R.E.D.”) and Best Director (“Stadium Pow Wow”, Kevan Funk). Meanwhile, hometown hip-hop sensation Drake won two awards for Most Buzzworthy Canadian and IHEARTRADIO Canadian Single of the Year for “One Dance”. On stage, newly minted solo artists Camila Cabello and Niall Horan, winners of the awards for Best New International Artist and Fan Fave International Artist or Group respectively, each fired up the fans with red-hot medleys of their hit singles, “I Have Questions/Crying in the Club” and “This Town/Slow Hands”. Canadian indie rock band Arkells hit the stage with an unforgettable performance of “Knocking At The Door” which snagged an MMVA for Fan Fave Video. Winners of IHEARTRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year Imagine Dragons also delivered an electric performance with local drum line 416BEATS on a medley of their hits “Believer” and “Thunder”. Debut MMVA performers included DNCE, fronted by host (and MMVA veteran) Joe Jonas; Julia Michaels, who performed single “Issues” in a lavish bedroom set; Iggy Azalea who rocked the crowd from inside a lit cube with a version of “Switch”; hometown rapper Jazz Cartier with an energetic performance of singles “Tempted” and “Red Alert”; and Post Malone who brought explosive versions of “White Iverson” and “Congratulations”, replete with actual fireballs. Lorde, in her much-anticipated return to the MMVA stage, lit up the night, closing the show with a medley of hit “Green Light” and “Perfect Places” alongside a choir featuring more than 30 singers, and show-stopping fireworks. Tonight’s awards also captivated audiences across multiple social media platforms, with more than 250,000 mentions of the show. On Twitter the MMVAs trended internationally, becoming the #4 trending topic worldwide, and the #1 in Canada, during the two-hour broadcast. MMVA performers and presenters joined in, posting about their experiences on social feeds, including presenter Nikki Bella who shouted out Much’s own Tyrone Edwards on Twitter, and MMVA host Joe Jonas who shared a fun backstage moment. Fans also made their voice heard this year, with more than 16 million votes for the award’s four Fan Fave categories cast across Twitter, Instagram, and on Much.com In its inaugural year via a partnership with Twitter, the IHEARTRADIO MMVA PRE-GAME, hosted by Much Digital Studios creators Alayna Fender, Dan Rodo, Marlon Palmer, and Michael Rizzi, was first to hand out the hardware before the big show. Twelve awards were handed out on Twitter during the live pre-show, including the first MMVA for A Tribe Called Red, who along with Director Kevan Funk were awarded with the Best Director Award for their video Stadium Pow Wow. Other Canadian artists taking home hardware tonight include: Shawn Mendes, winner of Best Pop Video for his smash hit “Mercy”; Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, who took home her first MMVA, Best Hip Hop Video for “Picasso Leaning”; Grimes, winner of Best EDM/Dance Video for “Venus Fly”, her collaboration with Janelle Monae; Sleepy Tom for Best Post-Production for “Seeing Double” featuring Tonye; River Tiber, winner of Best MuchFACT Video for Acid Test; PARTYNEXTDOOR for Best New Canadian Artist; and Justin Bieber who was crowned Fan Fave Artist or Group for the second year in a row. The IHEARTRADIO MMVA hardware was handed out by an impressive list of personalities including 4YallEntertainment, Bea Miller, Brandon Flynn, Carly Rae Jepsen, David Mazouz, Dove Cameron, Hedley, Jus Reign, Kat Graham, Keke Palmer, KJ ApaLights, Lilly Singh, Martha Hunt, Massari, Nikki Bella, Scott Helman, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook, Shay Mitchell, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tatiana Maslany, Torrance Coombs, Tyler Oakley, and Tyler Shaw. IHEARTRADIO MMVA Aftermath
  • The two-hour music extravaganza, which aired live on Much, Vrak, and CTV, encores tomorrow, Monday, June 19, at 3 p.m. ET and Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. ET on Much
  • ETALK recaps all of the red carpet arrivals and delivers exclusive backstage interviews tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.
  • The entire two hour broadcast, as well as THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, and content from the first-ever Much.com Paw-Pup Room featuring the cutest guests to ever attend the MMVAs, is available now at Much.com
** MEDIA NOTE ** Download IHEARTRADIO MMVA photos at Bellmedia.ca/PR. And the winners are… Video of the Year A Tribe Called Red f. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – “R.E.D.” Best Post-Production Sleepy Tom f. Tonye – “Seeing Double” Best EDM/Dance Video Grimes f. Janelle Monae – “Venus Fly” Best Director A Tribe Called Red f. Black Bear – “Stadium Pow Wow” Director: Kevan Funk Best Pop Video Shawn Mendes – “Mercy” Best Rock/Alternative Video The Tragically Hip – “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” Best Hip Hop Video Tasha the Amazon – “Picasso Leaning” Best MuchFACT Video River Tiber – “Acid Test” Most Buzzworthy Canadian Drake Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group Ed Sheeran Best New Canadian Artist PARTYNEXTDOOR Best New International Artist Camila Cabello iHeartRADIO International Artist of the Year Lorde iHeartRADIO International Duo or Group of the Year Imagine Dragons iHeartRADIO Canadian Single of the Year Drake ft. Wizkid, Kyla  – “One Dance” Fan Fave Video Arkells – “Knocking At The Door” Fan Fave International Artist or Group Niall Horan Fan Fave Artist/Group Justin Bieber Fan Fave Much Creator YouTwo TV Official partners of THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs include: LG Electronics Canada, Coca-Cola®, Virgin Mobile Canada™, M&M’S Caramel®, and Fruit by the Foot™.

Much gives fans the experience of a lifetime by putting them as close as humanly possible to their favourite artists and celebrities at THE 2017 IHEARTRADIO MMVAs. The show airs live on Sunday, June 18 on Much, CTV, VRAK, and the iHeartRadio app. Past MMVA performers and presenters include: Adam Lambert, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Gigi Hadid, Hedley, James Bay, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. At THE IHEARTRADIO MMVAs, the audience is the priority; Much gives them the best seats in the house, whether a foot from the stage or a foot from a television, computer, or mobile phone. Fans should hit up Much regularly at Much.com or Twitter @Much for the most up-to-date info about the event of the year.


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