MTV announces five finalists for Worldwide Act category at 2012 EMAs

MTV today announced the final five nominees vying for the Worldwide Act distinction at the “2012 MTV EMA.”

For the past six weeks, MTV has given fans around the world a chance to vote for their favorite hometown artists, all to help that local act secure the nomination and earn a chance to represent their respective region at this year’s EMA.

More than 160 artists from every corner of the world have enjoyed the MTV EMA spotlight as part of the Worldwide Act voting competition, and now the final five Worldwide Act nominees are: Dima Bilan (Europe); Han Geng (Asia Pacific); Ahmed Soultan (Africa/India/Middle East); Rihanna (North America); and Restart (Latin America). Starting today, these five artists will go head to head in one last round of voting in the Worldwide Act category, which celebrates the range and breadth of all the music that MTV has to offer across the globe.
Hosted by supermodel, entrepreneur and hometown girl Heidi Klum, the 19th annual MTV EMA will broadcast live from Frankfurt’s historic Festhalle on Sunday, 11th November at 9PM CET* on MTV channels around the world, and is sponsored by partners such as Microsoft and Replay. The “2012 MTV EMA” will feature incredible performances by Taylor Swift, Muse, No Doubt, Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., Rita Ora, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, The Killers and Psy.

Fans can vote for Worldwide Act and other EMA categories by visiting online or on their mobile phones. Voting for EMA categories is open now until 11:59PM CET on Friday, November 9th, 2012. The Worldwide Act winner will be announced at the show in Frankfurt.
Dima Bilan (Europe)
In 2008, Dima Bilan became the first Russian artist ever to win the international Eurovision song contest, with the song “Believe.” His songs are always topping Russian and foreign charts. Dima Bilan is supported by a huge army of fans and friends, and he has received more than 70 awards in the music sphere. Dima Bilan is the only artist who has won the Best Russian Act EMA six times.

Han Geng (Asia Pacific)
Known as “the most influential male celebrity in China,” Chinese Mando-pop singer and actor Han Geng debuted in South Korea in 2005 as the only Chinese member of Super Junior but left to focus on a solo career in 2009. His first solo album sold over 1 million copies, and tickets to his first concert sold out in a record-breaking 37 minutes. To date, he has received more than 20 awards for his solo works, including Best Artist of The Year and Most Popular Artist in Asia in 2011. Han Geng’s second album “Hope in the Darkness” was released in July 2012.

Ahmed Soultan (Africa/India/Middle East)
With the success of his first single “Ya Salam,” Ahmed Soultan reveals himself as the precursor of a new style he likes to call Afrobian Soul, for Afro-Arabian. His album “Tolerance” has been so greatly welcomed, and given such wide media coverage, that Ahmed Soultan has soon become one of the figureheads of the “Nayda,” the new Moroccan scene. After a second album, released in 2009, in which he definitely asserts himself, his popularity in and over the Maghreb got confirmed. Singing in four languages (Amazigh, Arabic, English and French), he has been part of many international musical events, among them the Kora Awards in South Africa, the opening of a Tiken Jah Fakoli concert in Dakar, his contribution to the People Power song (with Talib Kweli, Angelique Kidjo and Zap Mama), Fez’s Sacred Musics Festival, Marrakech’s Moonfest, Casablanca Music Festival, and many other European scenes (Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris). He collaborated with the famous American singer Ne-Yo on a song called “Amazing You.” In 2011, his song “Jokko” was nominated as best North African song and best African reggae song of the year. He’s now working on his third album (planned for spring 2013), for which he promises amazing and unexpected collaborations.

Rihanna (North America)
The Barbados-born R&B singer is an international megastar who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

Restart (Latin America)
Restart is a favorite band of fans and a huge success, and was last year’s Worldwide Act nominee for Latin America. They have many stories to tell, especially when it comes to the VMB, the annual award show for MTV Brasil. In 2010, the group was left with five statuettes – but was booed on stage. Thomas, Koba, Pe Lu and Pe Lanza formed the band in 2008 and since then, they have released three albums. Their latest release was “Geração Z” in 2011. Thanks to their international success, the group recently recorded their songs in Spanish, once again demonstrating their success both in Brazil and abroad.

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