Bieber wins three as Bey is snubbed at MTV EMA's

Justin Bieber emerged as the big winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards, bagging three prizes and edging out Lady Gaga.

The Canadian star took home three of his five nominations, including biggest fans, best Canadian act and best song for Sorry.

Bieber, whose fans got him the award for the third year in a row, was absent from the ceremony - as was Lady Gaga, currently on tour in Japan.

Gaga was the night's second biggest winner, collecting with best female and best look at Sunday's Rotterdam show.

Bieber was beaten to best male by 20-year old Shawn Mendes, but his 2015 track Sorry trumped Adele's Hello to win best song.

Despite being nominated for three awards, including best female, Adele left empty handed.

But perhaps the biggest surprise was Beyonce's snub - she lost out in all five categories she was nominated in.

The ceremony was painted purple as a tribute to Prince, who died in April. 

During the ceremony host Bebe Rexha revealed the EMA trophies had also been turned purple in memory of the Purple Rain star.

Rockers Green Day won the global icon prize for their contribution to music, with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong saying it was "really nice to be in Europe right now".

"It's nice to be out of America just for a second because of this horrendous election that's going on right now," he added.

"Our entire country is about to have one big collective heart attack."

Other winners included X Factor winners Little Mix, Coldplay and Dutch DJ Martin Garrix.

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