Swedish pop icon Zara Larsson wins two MTV awards

The international rise of Swedish pop icon Zara Larsson has taken a further step forward as the singer took home two honours at the 2016 MTV European Music Awards in Rotterdam.

Swedish pop icon Zara Larsson wins two MTV awards
Zara Larsson collecting her Best New Artist prize in Rotterdam. Photo: Peter Dejong/AP

The Swede won both the Best New Artist and the Best Worldwide Act awards at the event held in Rotterdam’s Ahoy centre. In her first acceptance speech the 18-year-old said she was shocked.

“What? What? Wow! I didn’t expect this at all. Thanks so much to everyone who voted. Thanks to my family, sister and mum,” she said as she picked up her Best New Artist trophy.

“Thank you for being so patient. My album is coming soon. I also want to say thank you to my dad,” she added when picking up her second award.

Larsson also performed at the gala, and later took to Twitter to celebrate her wins.

It has been a huge year for the Solna native, who worked with French DJ David Guetta on the official song for the Uefa European Championship in the summer and also performed it with him at the opening ceremony in Paris.

In April meanwhile her MNEK collaboration ‘Never Forget You’ cracked the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the US, reaching number 15.


Zara Larsson wins big at music awards gala

Swedish pop star Zara Larsson was awarded "artist of the year" at the country's biggest music gala. Listen to some of the winners below.

Zara Larsson wins big at music awards gala
Zara Larsson performing at the Nobel Peace Prize concert last year. Photo: Berit Roald/NTB scanpix/TT

Twenty-year-old Larsson took home three gongs in total at the Grammis Awards – the Swedish equivalent of the Grammy Awards – held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm on Thursday night.

Her album 'So Good' was named album of the year and mega hit 'Only You' song of the year. Then the supernova pop star also claimed the prize for artist of the year for the second consecutive year.

Outspoken pop icon Larsson had her first big hit with 'Lush Life' in 2015 and has gone on to become one of Sweden's most famous stars on the international stage.

“It feels incredibly great. I'm one of all the cool Grammis winners,” she said via a web link.

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Zara Larsson addressing the Grammis Awards. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Stockholm-born pop queen Tove Lo meanwhile went home with two Grammis awards: pop of the year and lyrics of the year for her latest album 'Blue Lips (Lady Wood Phase II)'.

DJs Axwell / Ingrosso won electro/dance music of the year for 'More Than You Know/I Love You' and legendary Swedish punk rocker Thåström's 'Centralmassivet' was named rock of the year.

There was also a blast from the past with Europe (mostly known to an international audience for 1980s mega hit 'The Final Countdown') claiming the award for hard rock/metal of the year.

Read about all the Grammis winners here and listen to some of them below: