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Italian Glam-Rock Punks Make Music History at EMA in Budapest

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Roman band Måneskin has become the first Italian band to win the ‘Best Rock’ category at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Måneskin has become the first Italian band to win the ‘Best Rock’ category at the MTV Europe Music Awards, an annual event honouring the best acts on the international and European music scene.

The Rome glam-rock punks, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy in May and recently opened a show for the Rolling Stones in Las Vegas, saw off competition from Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon and The Killers.

“This year, in particular, we must be proud of our country for the results achieved not only by us but by many sporting and cultural personalities”, said Måneskin frontman Damiano David.

He also referred to the defeat of Italy’s anti-homophobia Zan bill: “Pity about civil rights, where we continue to lag behind and which for us would have been the most important victory”.

The lead singer, dressed in suspenders and fishnet stockings, was joined on stage by bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio as they performed their hit single ‘Mammamia‘.

Italy’s culture ministry hailed the group’s triumph in Hungary as “a victory for all Italian music.”

The news marks the latest success for the band, which came second in the Italian version of the talent show X Factor in 2017 before winning the Sanremo Music Festival 2021, Italy’s biggest song contest, earlier this year.

Known for a sound fusing punk, funk and glam rock, Måneskin was formed in Rome five years ago and started by busking on the streets of the Italian capital.


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