The 2021 MTV EMA Awards show is just days away and this year already promises to be an unforgettable event. The show, hosted by Saweetie, will be broadcast live from the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary on Sunday, November 14 at 9:00 PM and will also be broadcast live on MTV channels in 180 countries.
In addition to some of your favorites raking in serious nominations — Justin Bieber leading with eight, while Doja Cat and Lil Nas X closely following with six each — a few others will take the stage as well. Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Kim Petras, Girl in Red and more all perform, making the night’s soundtrack absolutely dynamite.
But alongside all the awards and the live music, this year’s EMA show will spotlight five young activists fighting anti-LGBTQ+ policies. All will be honored with the 2021 MTV EMA Generation Change Award as changemakers who promote equality and love in their chosen work.
Award winners include Amir Ashour, Matthew Blaise, Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Erika Hilton and Viktoria Radvanyic.
Ashour, currently a Harvard Law School student, started IraQueer, Iraq’s first LGBTQ+ organization, and ran it as executive director for seven years. Blaise founded The Oasis Project in Nigeria, which aims to promote “positive representation and humanization of queer people” in their home country of Nigeria.
New York-based Dolan-Sandrino founded Team Mag, a creative venture that allows her to explore her identity as an Afro-Cuban queer and trans woman, as well as a longtime public voice for trans student rights. Hilton became the first black trans woman ever elected in São Paulo, Brazil, and won a seat in the state legislature. Radványi works as part of Budapest Pride, Hungary’s first feminist and anti-racist LGBTQ+ non-profit organization that advocates a society without fear of hatred and discrimination.
The MTV EMA launched the Generation Change Award in 2018 to recognize “fearless, original young people tackling the world’s toughest problems through music, storytelling or digital media,” according to a release. More information about the price can be found here.
The five recipients will receive the 2021 MTV EMA Generation Change Award via a recorded message from Drew Barrymore during the show. The award is part of an extensive collaboration between MTV and LGBTQ+ advocacy group All Out.
The 2021 EMAs will land on Sunday, November 14 at 9pm CET at the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary and will also be broadcast live on MTV channels in 180 countries. For more information, visit ema.mtv.com.