Nominees for the 2016 MTV European Music Awards have been announced, and we’ve spotted plenty of Eurovision stars amongst the names, with Douwe Bob, Laura Tesoro and Margaret among those earning a nomination. Let’s take a look!
The EMAs are mostly decided by audience vote, and each country also gets to vote for its best local act. These categories usually attract a few nominations of recent Eurovision acts, with Lena, Marco Mengoni and Daniel Kajmakoski winning for their countries last year.
This year’s lot sees many stars from Stockholm, a couple from Copenhagen and some national final stand-outs.
Best Dutch Act: Douwe Bob
Douwe Bob has been building a name for himself since winning De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland in 2012. He was intent on victory in Stockholm, but his eventual 11th placing for “Slow Down” was still a good result and strengthened his music career. Vote here.
Best Belgian Act: Laura Tesoro
With her girl-next-door charm, The Voice van Vlaanderen runner-up Laura was already popular in Belgium. She opened the Eurovision grand final with the highly infectious positivity of “What’s the Pressure”, putting Belgium in 10th place. Vote here.
Best French Act: Amir
After placing third on The Voice: la plus belle voix and releasing a few singles, Amir finally got his big breakthrough with “J’ai cherché”. As well as giving France its best placing in 14 years, it launched his pop career in France with great success. Vote here.
Best Italian Act: Emma
Emma Marrone might have given Italy its worst ever placing when “La mia città” came in 21st, but she’s still a huge star in Italy. The Sanremo winner’s music career shows no signs of quitting. Vote here.
Best Italian Act: Francesca Michielin
The X Factor winner came to Eurovision after placing second in Sanremo. Her song “No Degree of Separation” might have only placed 18th in Stockholm, but it gave her a No.1 single in Italy. Vote here.
Best Polish Act: Cleo
Along with producer Donatan a couple of busy milkmaids, Cleo made a splash in Copenhagen with “My Slowianie – We Are Slavic”. That performance kicked off her solo career, with a string of hits following. Vote here.
Best Polish Act: Margaret
Margaret won Best Polish Act in 2015, but 2016 has been an even bigger year for her. She arguably made more of an impact with her banging national final track “Cool Me Down” than some Eurovision contestants did. The club hit also kicked off her career in Sweden. Vote here.
Best Romanian Act: Vanotek
In collaboration with The Code & Georgian, Vanotek’s song “I’m Coming Home” placed second in the Romanian national final, but perhaps it was for the best. Vanotek has continued to establish himself as a popular producer.
The 2016 MTV European Music Awards will take place on 6 November, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.