The focus, being MTV, was firmly on the north American and UK music world, with three awards going to Canada's Shawn Mendes - Best Artist, Best Song and Best Fans. Kendrick Lamar took best video award for Humble, and Dua Lipa the best breakthrough act.
Coldplay, 30 Seconds to Mars and Eminen picked up the best rock act, best alternative and best rap act awards.
However, the Best Electro award went to France's David Guetta, who performed a set in London's Trafalgar Square after U2, recipients of this year's MTV EMA Global Icon Award, played there.
Elsewhere the Best French Act award went to Amir, who picked up the award for the second year in a row.
French-born Amir originally competed in the Israeli version of the TV show Pop Idol in 2006, before eventually signing to a French label. He competed in The Voice: la plus belle voix in 2014/15, finishing third.
He went on to represent France in Eurovision in 2016, releasing his second album Au cœur de moi, a double platinum seller in France. This year his single États d'Amour was released in September, his new album Addictions released at the end of October.