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Calvin Harris Beats Out Avicii, David Guetta for Best Electronic Artist at MTV's EMAs



Calvin Harris beat out some tough competitors like Avicii, David Guetta and Hardwell for the title of Best Electronic Artist at MTV's European Music Awards Sunday, Nov. 9. The EMA win was his first after four previous nominations.

The network announced prior to the show that Harris would not be able to perform at the event: "Hey #MTVEMA fans — we have some really sad news. Calvin Harris has taken ill and will not be able to perform at tomorrow's show. He sends his sincere apologies. Get well soon, Calvin!"

According to BBC News, the cancellation was due to some heart issues, which Harris revealed in a tweet that has since been deleted.

"No EMAs for me this weekend. Got some heart problems. Heading home to see if it can be fixed x," the electronic dance music artist reportedly wrote.

Motion, the disc jockey's fourth studio effort, came out at the end of last month. While the effort as a whole still has not charted in the U.S., singles like "Summer," "Under Control" and "Blame" have all made some noise on various Billboard lists in the States.

"Sure, the grime cameos that gave the earlier album some unexpected muscle are gone, and there are some new synth textures — but even here, Harris is updating his EDM template rather than coming close to reimagining it," Rolling Stone wrote about the album, giving it 2 1/2 out of five stars.

Harris has been racking up awards elsewhere ever since he burst onto the scene in 2007. In 2012, his collaboration with Rihanna on "We Found Love" earned the star a Video Music Award for Video of the Year and two honors at the International Dance Music Awards. He is up for the Best Dance Video VMA this year for "Summer."

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