MTV today revealed a set of badass females leading the “2018 MTV EMA” lineup: Global superstar Nicki Minaj, multi-platinum superstar Halsey and Spanish sensation Rosalía are the first performer names announced for the global music celebration airing live from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain.
MTV also named its first presenters for the big night: actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna from the new upcoming Netflix crime drama “Narcos: Mexico.”
Minaj returns to the EMA stage with two nominations this year, “Best Hip Hop” and “Best Look,” after hosting the “2014 MTV EMAs” in Glasgow. This marks Halsey and Rosalía’s EMA stage debut, with Rosalía securing a nod for “Best Spanish Act.”
The undisputed reigning queen of hip hop, Nicki Minaj released her platinum selling highly anticipated fourth studio album “Queen” in August, her first album in four years, including hit singles “Barbie Tingz”, “Chun-Li” and “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande.
Halsey’s EMA performance announcement follows the release of her new single “Without Me,” Halsey’s first new solo music since 2017’s Billboard 200 number 1, platinum album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Halsey’s world tour recently wrapped up with two sold-out shows in London.”
Rosalía’s EMA set comes on the heels of the Latin Grammy-nominated artist’s new album drop, El Mal Querer. The video for her first single off the album, “Malamente,” clocked 20 million views in just three months.
The “2018 MTV EMAs” will air live around the globe from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. Catch the live broadcast on Sunday, 5 November at 2am (WIB) and 3am (SG/MY) for the red carpet, 3am (WIB) and 4am (SG/MY) for the main show, and across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 180 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world. The first encore telecast is on the same day at 6pm (WIB) and 7pm (SG/MY) for the red carpet, 7pm (WIB) and 8pm (SG/MY) for the main show.
Additional performers and presenters to be announced.
Voting is now open to the public at mtvema.com until November 3rd at 11:59pm CET.