Turkish Rock band Manga wins MTV Best European Act award
MTV European Music Awards presentation was held in Berlin on November 5. Turkish group Manga won the Best European Act award bringing the title to Turkey for the second year in a row after last year’s win by another rocker, Emre Aydın.
The European Best Act winners were selected by voting. The contest was held in two rounds. 17 countries attended the first round and five of them were qualified for the second round of the Best European Act contest.
Members of Manga received their award from the US boy-band Backstreet Boys at the ceremony. Ferman Akgül, the group’s frontman and vocalist, said in his acceptance speech that the group felt themselves home in Berlin as there’s a considerable Turkish population in Germany. “… and as [Turkish film director] Nuri Bilge Ceylan did [two years ago] at the Cannes Film Festival, we dedicate this award to our beautiful and lonely country,” Akgül added.
The big winner of the night was Beyonce, who scooped three prizes at the Berlin ceremony, marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall that once divided the city.