Green Day to be Honoured with The Global Icon Award at The 2016 MTV EMAS
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SINGAPORE, 2 NOVEMBER 2016 – The 2016 MTV EMAs just got a little more punk with the addition of global phenomenon Green Day to the star-studded lineup. The award-winning band will rock the stage at Ahoy Rotterdam and receive the MTV Global Icon Award at the 2016 MTV EMAs LIVE on MTV and MTV LIVE HD on Monday, 7 November at 3am (WIB) and 4am (HK/MY/PH/SG). Rock superstars Kings of Leon will be taking to the streets of Rotterdam to headline a special MTV World Stage production at the Old Luxor Theater on Saturday, 5 November before they perform at the awards show.
Joining Green Day and Kings of Leon at the 2016 MTV EMAs are additional presenters, including chart-topping rapper G-Eazy, pop superstar Charli XCX, global hip-hop artist Tinie Tempah and multi-talent actor-musician Idris Elba. The show repeats on the same day on MTV at 8pm (WIB) and 9pm (MY/PH/SG), and on MTV LIVE HD at 9.45pm (WIB) and 10.45pm (HK/MY/PH/SG).
“Green Day is without question, one of the world’s most influential rock bands. For over two decades, they’ve introduced new generations of fans from around the globe to their impassioned lyrics and raw musical power,” said Bruce Gillmer, Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming / Events, Viacom International Media Networks. “We’re incredibly proud to have Green Day as this year’s MTV EMA Global Icon Award honoree.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and three-time MTV EMA “Best Rock” winning band Green Day has sold millions of records worldwide and released dozens of chart-topping singles over the last two decades. Revolution Radio, the band’s 12th studio album featuring hit single “Bang Bang,” was released in October to great critical and fan acclaim, and the group is up for two additional EMAs at this year’s show, including “Best Live” and “Best Rock.” With an incredible body of work that reflects the complexities of the time in which it was created, the rock trio has taken their music into exciting new mediums over the years, including the creation of the musical American Idiot based on Green Day’s multi-platinum selling album by the same name and the 2016 film Ordinary World starring frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and featuring an original song by the band. As recipients of the MTV Global Icon award, Green Day joins a coveted list of some of the biggest names in music of all time, including Duran Duran (2015), Ozzy Osbourne (2014), Eminem (2013), Whitney Houston (2012), Queen (2011) and Bon Jovi (2010).
Produced by Green Day and recorded in Oakland, Revolution Radio is a potent 12-track blitz of angst-ridden anthems that unites Green Day’s fully formed stylistic approach with lyrical themes that address the complexities and uncertainties of modern day existence. Musically, the album is raw, visceral, and fearless — solidifying the band’s reign as one of the leading voices in rock music. Inspired by recent events, “Bang Bang” marks a welcome return from a band with more to say than ever.
KINGS OF LEON
The Best Alternative nominated band is no stranger to the MTV EMAs. Kings of Leon have rocked EMA audiences twice before, most recently setting fire to the 2013 MTV EMA stage with their performance of “Beautiful War.” The globally-renowned group’s performance in Rotterdam follows previous World Stage performances in Hamburg and Dublin, the latter of which earned Kings of Leon a prior MTV EMA nomination. WALLS, which was released on 14 October, is the multi-platinum selling band’s seventh studio album release since their debut in 2003, and features single “Waste a Moment.”
Since their debut in 2003, Kings of Leon (Caleb (guitar/vocals), Nathan (drums), Jared (bass) and Matthew Followill (guitar)) have released six albums (Youth & Young Manhood (2003), Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004), Because of the Times (2007), Only by the Night (2008), Come Around Sundown (2010) and Mechanical Bull (2013)), sold over 18 million albums and over 24 million singles worldwide. The multi-platinum selling band has had five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all six of their studio albums on Billboard’s Top 200 list and two singles that reached #1 on Modern Rock radio. In addition, they have had seven Grammy Nominations, four Grammy Award wins, three NME Awards, two Brit Awards and one Juno Award. They have toured all over the world, playing at top venues and headlining major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Glastonbury. Kings of Leon released their seventh studio album WALLS this fall.
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