If you’re like me, the months following MTV’s legendary VMAs are taxing. After an event-packed summer, the awards season well runs dry, and it’s a long stretch from the network’s late August bonanza to the end-of-year American Music Awards. But lucky for awards show addicts, MTV is back with the perfect early November pick-me-up: the 2016 European Music Awards. The annual production is already stacking up to be a can’t-miss show, but unless you live in the Netherlands where it’s being held, you’ll have to settle for watching on television. And if catching Sunday night’s 8 p.m. ET broadcast is just as likely as hopping on a flight to Rotterdam, you’ll definitely want to stream the 2016 MTV EMAs.
This year’s red carpet features a lot of recent standouts. Bebe Rexha will man the mic as host, while Shawn Mendes, Lukas Graham, and the Joe Jonas-fronted DNCE are all set to perform. Bruno Mars, who shot back into the spotlight with retro funk dance jam “24k Magic” in October, will also hit the stage. If that’s not reason enough to tune in, check out the list of nominees: Beyoncé, Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande are just some of the high-profile names up to win. If any of them are your ride-or-dies, you’ll want to watch and root them on internationally.
So what’s a cord-cutter like myself to do without cable? Though
streaming award shows can sometimes feel like a lost cause, the EMAs actually
have a lot of solid off-air options. Amazon Fire Stick lets you watch directly
on the MTV channel, or you can sign up for Sling TV’s week-long
free trial and see if you want to spring for the full package. For
something a little less traditional, MTV will once
again offer a live virtual reality experience via the MTV EMA app — all you
have to do is download and watch.
If you’re only interested in the highlights, try MTV’s new Facebook Messenger bot, which will give viewers an “exclusive second-screen experience,” according to a press release. You can ask the bot questions about the show, interact with Facebook Live backstage host Becca Dudley, and see GIFs from Giphy updated in real-time. You can also follow along from MTV’s other social networks: its Instagram and Snapchat stories will feature select coverage, while Twitter will include exclusive content.
Whatever your preference, MTV’s got you covered to make sure that even if you can't watch the full show, you'll be able to see the night's biggest moments. Now all you need is a cozy spot to curl up, grab some snacks, and watch it all go down.