The 2016 MTV European Music Awards were held on Sunday evening in Rotterdam. As well as some of the biggest international pop acts taking home the globe trophy, two Eurovision-related acts received honours for their country.
After eight Eurovision-related artists picked up EMA nominees, it was only French singer Amir and Polish national finalist Margaret who were respectively awarded Best French Act and Best Polish Act. But what made the victories even sweeter was that they are decided by a public vote in each country, a sign of their fan support.
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 Eurovision placing in 14 years, the song launched Amir’s pop career in France with great success.
Amir shared news of his win on Instagram, saying “When you hold for the first time the love of your audience in your hands… ! THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU for this wonderful award!”
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, and saw her win the OGAE Second Chance competition. The Polish popstress took to Facebook to thank her fans for the win.
Best Swedish Act: The Fooo Conspiracy
Swedish boy band The Fooo Conspiracy — who are strongly rumoured to be participating in Melodifestivalen 2017 — were voted Best Swedish Act for the third year in a row. The foursome shared their “crazy news” with fans on Instagram, giving thanks and promising to work harder.
The Fooo boys beat Zara Larsson in this category, but the pop diva went on to win Best New Act and Best International Artist, as well as performing a medley of her hits “Lush Life” and “Ain’t My Fault”.
Other Eurovision acts were less lucky at the EMAs. Douwe Bob lost Best Dutch Act to the rap group Broederliefde, Laura Tesoro lost Best Belgian Act to folk-pop singer Emma Bale, Emma and Francesca Michielin lost Best Italian Act to the pop duo (and Sanremo 2016 guests) Benji & Fede, Selectia Nationala 2016 runners-up Vanotek lost Best Romanian Act to the singer Andra, while Cleo lost Best Polish Act to Margaret.
And to be honest, with Laura Tesoro picking up the wiwibloggs Vision Music Award for Most Improved, we don’t think she’ll be too sad at missing out on an EMA.