2009 MTV Europe Music Awards Best European Act Nominations Unveiled
After a fierce international battle, Finnish rock band Deep Insight, Russian pop artist Dima Bilan, Polish singer Doda, Italian pop rockers Lost and Turkish rap rock band MaNga were revealed as the MTV Europe Music Awards' most popular Regional Winners -- as voted by MTV fans from across Europe. All five acts are now nominated in the EMA Best European Act category, the news was announced today by MTV Networks International (MTVNI), owned by Viacom Inc (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) will air live on MTV from the 02 World, Berlin at 9pm CET onThursday 5 November and are sponsored by Sony Ericsson, MTV Games / Harmonix's The Beatles™: Rock Band™ and Dell.
MTV Networks International announced 22 MTV Europe Music Awards Regional Winners on 12 October. Deep Insight, Dima Bilan, Doda, Lost and MaNga were awarded Best Finnish Act, Best Russian Act, Best Polish Act, Best Italian Act and Best Turkish Act respectively. These acts, who challenged all of the EMA Regional Winners in a fierce promotional battle, are the five with the most viewer votes. The Best European Actnominee with the most overall votes will be presented with the Best European Act gong live at the glittering MTV Europe Music Awards.
The 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards will be hosted by Katy Perry and will feature performances by the Foo Fighters, Green Day, Jay-Z, Leona Lewis, Shakira and Tokio Hotel. U2 will be performing a short set to 10,000 fans at Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate which will be beamed into the prestigious Awards. Joss Stone will be hosting EMA digital show 2009 EMA: Red Carpet Show and Pete Wentz will be hosting EMA digital show 2009 EMA: All Access. Presenters include pop/rock phenomena Jonas Brothers alongside Asia Argento, Backstreet Boys, Bar Refaeli, Batista, Boris Becker, Brody Jenner, Jean Reno, Juliette Lewis andMiranda Cosgrove. More EMA artists will be announced shortly.
Leading 2009 EMA nominees include Lady GaGa and Kings of Leon, with 5 nominations apiece. They are closely followed by Beyonce who has been nominated in 4 categories.
The MTV Europe Music Awards is one of the world's most prestigious live music events. The Awards will be broadcast to 532 million MTV homes around the world. In 2008, the EMAs generated more than 4 million unique visitors to www.mtvema.com and over 100 million online votes.
Antonio Campo Dall'Orto is EVP, Music Brands, MTV Networks International and Executive Producer for the MTV Europe Music Awards. Co-executive Producer & SVP, Talent & Music, MTV Networks International is Bruce Gillmer. Executive Producer is Richard Godfrey. Co-executive Producer is Jane Fraser. Chloe Mason is Producer and Hamish Hamilton is Director. Raffaele Sangiovanni is Executive in charge of Production.
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