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Måneskin win ‘Best Rock’ at MTV EMAs 2021

Eurovision and national final alums continue to sweep regional MTV EMA categories

Last month, MTV announced nominations for Eurovision Song Contest 2021 winners Måneskin in three awards at the MTV EMAs 2021, as well as a live performance at the show. Over the weekend Måneskin won the ‘Best Rock’ award. Whilst many other Eurovision artists, including Gjon’s Tears, achieved success in the regional artist categories.

Måneskin bring Eurovision success to MTV EMAs 2021

Already the Italian group have shown what they can on a global platform. Recently they performed at the Global Citizen Live event to raise awareness for climate change and social issues. Now they have been recognised for their success by MTV. Last Sunday the MTV EMAs 2021 took place. Seen as a showcase for acts worldwide to unite in a celebration of music from every continent. During the Budapest show, Måneskin were nominated for three awards, ‘Best Italian Act’, ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Rock’. A record set of nominations for an Italian act.

Although they lost the regional award to Italian rapper Aka 7even and ‘Best Group’ to South Korean superstars BTS, they did win ‘Best Rock’. To do so they beat legendary names in music, such as – Coldplay from the UK and Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon and The Killers, all from the USA. Thus Måneskin are the first Italian act to take home the ‘Best Rock’ award.

Meanwhile the band also treated fans to what they can do, with a performance of recent single, ‘MAMMAMIA’.

More Eurovision artists win regional awards

Elsewhere it was another successful night for Eurovision stars from across Europe in the regional categories. These awards celebrate the best local artists from each territory. Over in Switzerland the ‘Best Swiss Act’ went to Gjon’s Tears. His captivating performance of ‘Tout l’Univers’ achieved third place and Switzerland’s best result since 1993.

Whilst in Portugal, Festival da Canção 2018 star, Diogo Piçarra won ‘Best Portuguese Act’ for the second time. Many will remember his attempt to become Portugal’s host entry with ‘Canção do Fim’.

The ‘Best Russian Act’ award went to Ukrainian superstar Max Barkshih. He previously won ‘Best Ukrainian Act’ in 2010, kickstarting a career that has spanned 13-years. During those years he competed in the Ukrainian national final in 2012 with ‘Dance’. Since then the singer, songwriter and actor has become a successful entertainment figure across Ukraine and Russia.

Also picking up an award on Sunday night, was Spain’s new pop-star, Aitana. The young singer became a household name in 2017 when she took part in Operación Triunfo. During the show she would team up with Ana Guerra on Latin smash hit ‘Lo Malo’. Despite losing to ‘Tu canción’ – the winning entry selected to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Aitana’s star profile has extended beyond the show. Since then she has collaborated with Katy Perry, launched McAitana with McDonald’s and received two Latin Grammy Awards nominations. On Sunday, Aitana finally won ‘Best Spanish Act’ after being nominated last year.

Måneskin in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Back in March, they won Festival di Sanremo with an impressive 53.5% of the vote in the super-final, beating two former Italian Eurovision representatives in the process, Francesca Michelin (2016) and Ermal Meta (2018).

After an exciting voting segment in the Rotterdam contest, Italy was announced as the winner with 524 points – their first win since Toto Cutugno in 1990. Scoring 206 points from the juries and a further 318 televoting points. Thus, Måneskin finished 25 points ahead of France’s Barbara Pravi, who finished runner-up with 499 points.

Following their victory, the band have achieved worldwide chart success. From reaching top 40 in the Billboard charts, to being playlisted by BBC Radio 1. As well as collaborating with Iggy Pop and plans afoot for their third album later this year. There is no stopping this pioneering band, who have amassed nearly 200 million combined YouTube views for ‘Zitti E Buoni’ and over 200 million Spotify streams.

Recently the band announced their 2022 European tour. Such was the demand, the aptly named 16 date, LOUD KIDS ON TOUR ’22 sold out completely within two hours!

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