Nicki Minaj hosted, performed and won an award at the MTV European Music Awards last night. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj hosted, performed and won an award at the MTV European Music Awards last night. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Justin Bieber, who hasn’t released a studio album in more than two years, nonetheless found some love at the MTV EMAs, winning the Best Male Artist award. But boy band One Direction blew by him with three wins of their own, including “Biggest Fans.”

Bieber has become a polarizing figure in the United States because of his loutish behavior, blatant drug use and frequent run-ins with the law.

While it’s too early to pronounce him a “has-been”– he’s not even 21 yet — it’s hard to see where his career will go from here. He’s fortunate that European fans are far more forgiving and more loyal than U.S. fans.

Right. He was just one of a couple of artists who oddly won awards.

Meanwhile new generation of artists are emerging and threatening to eclipse the once popular teen singer.

One Direction debuted in the United States in March 2012 on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Today.” They exploded from there, selling more than 15 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide.

Other artists who have emerged since Bieber include Ed Sheeran and Pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer. For a time The Wanted, another boy band also made waves.

“Anaconda” rapper Nicki Minaj was also a big winner at the EMAs. She hosted the show at the SSE Hyrdro in Glasgow, Scotland and won an award for best hip-hop artist. Rap rival Iggy Azalea was snubbed.

Nicki also performed along with Grande, Sheeran, UK singer Charli XCX, a very pregnant Alicia Keys and Irish rockers U2.

Katy Perry was also a big winner with two awards for Best Video, “Dark Horse,” and Best Look.

Fifth Harmony was named the best U.S. act. The five-member girl band has yet to release its debut album, Reflection. They also performed their hit song “Sledgehammer.”

Check out the videos below and a complete list of winners. Let us know what you thought about the show and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest music news.

MTV EMA 2014 Winners, Complete List
Best U.S. Act: Fifth Harmony
Best Song: “Problem,” Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea)
Best Pop: One Direction
Best Female: Ariana Grande
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Live: One Direction
Best New Band: 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Video: “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J.)
Best Rock: Linkin Park
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds to Mars
Best Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj
Best Electronic: Afrojack
Biggest Fans: One Direction
Best Look: Katy Perry
Best Push: 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Video With A Message: “Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé
Best World Stage: Enrique Iglesias
Best Worldwide: Bibi Zhou (Southeast Asia/China & Hong Kong /Taiwan)
Global Icon: Ozzy Osbourne