7 Over-The-Top EMA Performances We’ll Never Forget

September 19, 2017
The EMAs are known for showcasing the biggest, boldest, and craziest musical performances of the year. Indoor rain, unreal costumes and flying pop stars are just some of the factors that make each show unique and unforgettable. Here are the 7 EMA performances that shook us to the core.    

1. Katy Perry at the 2013 EMAs

Katy Perry went above and beyond while performing at the 2013 EMAs in Amsterdam. She became one with a maypole, towering high over the EMAs stage, while dancers performed the folk tradition of weaving ribbons around the pole all while she belted out one of her most emotional songs, 'Unconditionally.'

2. Miley Cyrus at the 2013 EMAs

Miley brought outer space to the stage for her performance of one of her best songs ever, 'We Can't Stop,' at the 2013 EMAs in Amsterdam. From the moment she descended on stage in a rocket and emerged wearing a futuristic, silver dress it was clear this performance was no throwaway.  Audiences were awestruck as Miley performed surrounded by a cast of creepy space creatures.  

3. OneRepublic at the 2016 EMAs

It doesn't get more dramatic than the time OneRepublic performed 'Let's Hurt Tonight' as rain poured down on them, inside of the Ahoy Rotterdam.

4. Ariana Grande at the 2014 EMAs

Ariana Grande's performance at the 2014 EMAs in Glasgow checked all of the boxes of awesomeness. It featured fog, fire, dancers and a bubble chair that had Ariana flying high above the audience from one stage to another.

5. Lady Gaga at the 2011 EMAs

Lady Gaga's performance of 'Marry The Night' at the 2011 EMAs was one of the most powerful in EMAs history. It opened with Gaga lazing atop a gigantic moon, wearing an avant garde costume that made her look like a moon creature.  She finished strong by shedding the alien hardware and joining a group of muscular dancers to bust a few moves. 

6. Bebe Rexha at the 2016 EMAs

Bebe Rexha's performance of "I Got You" at the 2016 EMAs featured one of the most unforgettable props and an extremely literal interpretation of the song lyrics. Bebe belted out her song while standing on a gigantic, fuzzy letter "U." Together, Bebe's performance and the U's puppy dog eyes melted hearts that night.

7.  J.Lo at the 2000 EMAs

J.Lo raised the bar for EMA performers when she descended on stage in an actual airplane in 2000.  It was an entrance that seemed surprisingly expensive for a performance of, 'Love Don't Cost a Thing.'