HUNGARY – Eurovision 2021 winner, Måneskin, just won the 2021 MTV EMA Best Rock award in the event taking place in Budapest, Hungary.
A triumph, yet another record of their very young and already extraordinarily successful career. The Måneskin conquer the MTV EMA Awards in Budapest and from the roof of Europe where the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam took them in May, after the victory in Sanremo, they jump on the roof of the world. By winning the award in the “Best Rock” category, the most prestigious for the musical genre of the Roman band, Damiano, Victoria, Thomas and Ethan have surpassed in the hearts of the fans who voted them all over the world some of the most internationally successful bands: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Imagine dragons and Killers, not really secondary names.
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It is the first time that an Italian group has been nominated and won in an international category at the EMAs, the first time that it is invited to play live and Victoria, the bassist of the band, is the first Italian female performer to perform on this stage of MTV. There would already be a toast for a whole year for a band that, starting from street concerts via del Corso in Rome, has managed to convince the world audience of the validity of their musical proposal.
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First the victory in Sanremo, then Eurovision, then the concert in Las Vegas alongside the Rolling Stones and the triumph at the Sportarena in Budapest where they defeated the competition: ”
We thank our fans and those who support us in our work” he said Damiano receiving the statuette for the “Best Rock”, and added: “But I would also like to say to those who told us that we would never make it into music that, well, you were wrong.” Before going on stage they had underlined the satisfaction for the fact that “our message has gone out of the niche and reached so many people. The beauty of music and of our work is being able to involve the public and create a correspondence with them”.
Then, under the inscription Mammamia, the Måneskin (with Damiano in fishnet stockings and suspenders) presented their new single, a set also literally set on fire by the fireworks that at the end lit up the writing exploding behind them.
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The presenter, the American rapper Saweetie, introducing the evening of the EMAs dedicated “to music, love and equality”, wanted to invite the public “to respect each other and on an evening like this we cannot be sympathetic to the LGBTQ + community”. Words are even more significant in a country like Hungary led by a government that has never shown too much respect towards minorities.
Even the Måneskin before going on stage at the Sportarena had wanted to express their closeness to the LGBTQ + community, but also with a thought to what happened in Italy, with the recent stop at the Zan Ddl:
“This year, in particular, we must be proud of our country for the results achieved not only by us but by many sportsmen and by many cultural personalities”, they said. Then they added:” Too bad for civil rights, where we continue to lag behind, and instead, for us, it would have been the most important victory”. And compared to Hungary, where the rights of LGBTQ + people are not respected, they concluded: “We are always lined up on that side both on stage and in private life”.
Candidates in three categories and winners in the one most important to them, Måneskin were instead beaten for the “Best Group”, a category won by the South Korean boy band BTS, and for the “Best Italian act” which was instead won by the rapper Aka 7even, Luca Marzano from Campania, launched by the latest edition of Amici.
The MTV show broadcast live on TV in 180 countries saw Ed Sheeran triumph as “Best Artist” and for “Best Song” thanks to Bad Habits. Rapper Lil Nas X won “Best Video” for Montero (Call Me By Your Name). Colombian Maluma, by withdrawing the statuette for the “Best Latin” category, wanted to underline how Colombia “has long been a domain of Pablo Escobar”, but is instead represented by artists like him “and J Balvin”.