It’s been a memorable year for Rome band Måneskin. After taking the Eurovision Song Contest title in May, they’ve followed it up with a win in MTV’s ‘Best Rock’ category.
Måneskin are the first Italian band to win the ‘Best Rock’ category at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The MTV EMA is an annual event honouring the best acts on the international and European music scene.
Support act for Rolling Stones
The rockers from Rome recently opened a show for the Rolling Stones in Las Vegas. They were up against seasoned groups 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 in the Senate. “Pity about civil rights, where we continue to lag behind and which for us would have been the most important victory”.
“Victory for all Italian music”
The group – bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, Damiano David and drummer Ethan Torchio – performed their hit single Mammamia.
Italy’s culture ministry hailed the group’s triumph in Hungary as “a victory for all Italian music”.
Måneskin formed in Rome five years ago. They began busking on the streets of the Italian capital. In 2017, they came second in the Italian version of the X Factor. Earlier this year, they won the Sanremo Music Festival 2021, Italy’s biggest song contest.
Their music is a blend of glam rock and punk-funk.