Nicki Minaj
Host Nicki Minaj on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.Getty Images

Nicki Minaj was always going to make her presence felt as the host of MTV EMA's and with over seven costume changes, a litany of swearing and a dramatic entrance she lived up to everyone's expectations.

Making her arrival into the arena suspended over the crowd, she flew in in a grey ruffled dress with a 14 foot train cascading below her.

The singer opened the awards show with an expletive laden introduction.

Nicki Minaj
The rapper made a series of flamboyant costume changes.Getty Images

She said: "What the f*** is good Glasgow? It's November and it's the EMAs. Sit back, relax and get ready to turn the f*** up."

"I'm sorry if I cursed," she added " ... but I am Nicki Minaj."

Winning over the audience at the off, the US rap artist launched into an original rap tribute to 'the Scots', inviting the crowd to sing-a-long to the cult favourite Proclaimers hit 'I'm Gonna Be.'

"I'm your royal Min-ajesty The Queen of Scots," she added.

The 31-year-old, who wore a series of gravity-defying dresses throughout the show, was nominated for four gongs: Best Female Act, Biggest Fans, Best Look and Best Hip-Hop Act.

Letting her hair down, literally, Ariana Grande kicked off the EMA's in space age style, soaring over the audience at Glasgow's SECC Hydro in a semi-circle orb.

Wearing a metallic, silver, leotard with a peplum waistline and black knee-high boots, the young singer fitted in with the time travel theme, as she descended onto the stage for her performance of her hits Break Free and Problem.

She was back on stage in no time however, to collect the first award of the evening for Best Song for her track Problem with Iggy Azaela.

Collecting her award the 21-year-old said: "Thank you so much. I was just on stage one second ago. This has been a really crazy year. Last year I was presenting with Iggy and now I'm performing and up for loads of awards ... Thank you especially to MTV because it was here that I met Iggy and that's what led to Problem happening ... and I can't tell you how thankful I am."

A heavily pregnant Alicia Keys turned out to present an award showing off her large baby bump in a metallic silver dress and later performed her emotive track 'Why We Are Here.'

Kiesza delivered an impressive rendition of Hideaway while Charli XCX hit the stage for her performance of Boom Clap and Break Free.

British singer Charli XCX
British singer Charli XCX poses for pictures as she arrives for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 9, 2014.Getty Images

Wearing a skin tight, plunging latex jumpsuit, that left little to the imagination, the singer gave an edgy, rock performance

Irish rockers U2 followed the female solo artists with a stripped down version of Every Breaking Wave, while Ed Sheeran performed his stunning new track Thinking Out loud.

There were several no-shows among the winners on the night with Katy Perry and One Direction each recording video messages.

One Direction who won Best Pop Act said: "Thank you so much for voting for us. We really wanted to be there tonight, but we couldn't, but thank you so much for everything."

After walking away with the award for Best Hip Hop, putting in a show-stopping live performance and winning the unofficial prize for best host, it was left to Nicki Minaj to have the last word on the night and she made sure, that in keeping with the spirit of the evening, it was a foul one.

"Seriously guys I really f***king love you," she declared.

The star-studded night ended with a tribute to the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, who was named Global Icon.

MTV EMAS 2014:THE WINNERS

Best Song

Ariana Grande - Problem, ft. Iggy Azalea

Best Pop Act

One Direction

Best Male Act

Justin Bieber

Best Female Act

Ariana Grande

Best New Act

5 Seconds of Summer

Best Video

Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft. Juicy J

Best Rock Act

Linkin Park

Best Electronic

Afrojack

Best World Stage Performance

Enrique Iglesias

Global Icon

Ozzy Osbourne

Best Alternative Act

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Best Hip-Hop Act

Nicki Minaj

Best Live Act

One Direction

Best Look

Katy Perry

Best Push Act

5 Seconds of Summer

Best Song With A Social Message

Beyonce - Pretty Hurts

Best UK & Ireland Act

One Direction

Best US Act

Fifth Harmony

Biggest Fans

One Direction