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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Turkish Acts Rule Over the EMAs

"Cultural Mosaics" by Timi, writing from Budapest, Hungary

Band members Ferman Akgül and bassist Cem Bahtiyar of maNga with MTV awardFor the second year in a row, Turkey rules the MTV European Music Awards. Last year Emre Aydın won Europe's Favourite title in Liverpool, this time it was rap-rock band maNga in Berlin.

The act is well known for their eccentricities. They had been slated to open for Tarkan at his Wembley concert in London in 2008, but had decided to go on stage and explain why they wouldn't be playing instead.

Fans Vote maNga Europe's Favourite

The band defeated such contestants as Pixie Lott (UK), Doda (Poland), Lost (Italy) and Dima Bilan (Russia) and it was the Backsteet Boys who handed the award to them. The band was represented by vocalist Ferman Akgül and bassist Cem Bahtiyar (on the photo, from left to right). Akgül thanked the fans in German first, then said they "dedicate this award to our beautiful and lonely country"*.

As an interesting fact we may note that maNga and Emre Aydın share the same management (GRGDN) - and much the same fan basis in Turkey, who were willing to vote day and night to repeat Emre's success of last year.

If the management's lucky star continues to shine, next year GRGDN's third protégé, Gripin could also be nominated, and after having witnessed the resoluteness of the fan base they also share with Emre and maNga, they might just also take the EMAs home, and have Turkey rule again.

Photo courtesy of MTV Europe.

* Editor's Note: This line was spoken in reference to Turkish film-maker and three-time Cannes Award winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan who made the same dedication at his acceptance speech for Best Director at Cannes in 2008.

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