The stormy weather didn’t dampen the festivities when MTV kicked off its Europe Music Awards with a blowout, rain soaked live pre-party, from the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park Sunday evening.
The main show was filmed in Glasgow, Scotland, but much of the action went down right here, with other performances by top talent like Nick Jonas, who has broken out from his boy band shadow and is on his own now. The pop trio split in October of last year.
Nick went on to do a few songs from his self titled album, out Tuesday, including the hot single, Jealous.
Another performance that made the poncho-wearing crowd go wild: Girl group Fifth Harmony, responsible for the hot hit BO$$. They did their new single Sledgehammer, off their debut album Reflection, due out in January 2015.
Clad all in black, the lovely ladies — Ally Hernandez, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Hansen, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui– have a ritual before they hit the stage.
“We sort of form a circle and gather to pray,” said Hamilton.
Rest isn’t a big priority for the group.
“We haven’t slept past 6 a.m. in like nine days,” said Jauregui, who is from Miami. “We are working hard!”
They also try not to chat too much before going in front of a live audience.
“We rest our voices as much as we can but if we laugh really hard that can hurt,” said Cabello. “But actually the humidity h elps us.”
Hometown rapper Jake Miller from Weston didn’t have to travel far for this venue.
“I love just being right at home. It’s exciting, looking out and seeing everybody,” said the First Flight Home singer. “I feel the love.”
Playing cohost with Miller was Nick Cannon, who showed up in tuxedo with Pharrell style shorts and a pair of custom made, $2.2 million, diamond-encrusted loafers.
“I just said I wanted the world’s most expensive shoes,” said Cannon, who added the fancy footwear is a collaboration between Tom Ford and Jason of Beverly Hills. “They’re like 1,200 carats or something.”
Despite the dismal downpour, Cannon was in a good mood.
“This is still Miami!” he said. “This is definitely the place to be. We’ll have stories to tell and make the best of it. Hopefully no one slips and falls!”