Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber dominated the 2012 MTV European Music Awards, winning three trophies each, while favourite Rihanna – who had gone into the EMAs with six nominations – failed to win a single trophy.

Swift picked up three awards at the ceremony in Frankfurt, winning Best Female Act, Best Live Act and Best Look.

“This is my very first EMA, I’m so excited. This is unreal,” Swift said after her first win, for best female act. “This is the first time touring in Europe. Thank you for giving us another reason to come back.”

After winning her third, Swift said: “I am so excited I can’t believe you gave me three awards. I’m kind of insecure in general – so this is great for my self-confidence.”

Justin Bieber continued his reign over the pop world with wins in the Best Female Act, Best Pop Act and Best World Stage Act categories.


The winners in full

Best Song – Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

Best New Act – One Direction

Best Female Act – Taylor Swift

Best Male Act – Justin Bieber

Best Pop Act – Justin Bieber

Best Live Act – Taylor Swift

Best Hip Hop – Nicki Minaj

Best Rock Act – Linkin Park

Best Electronic Act – David Guetta

Best Alternative Act – Lana Del Rey

Best Video – Gangnam Style (Psy)

Best Look – Taylor Swift

Biggest Fans – One Direction

Best Worldwide Act – Han Geng

Best World Stage – Justin Bieber

Best Push – Carly Rae Jepson

Global Icon – Whitney Houston