Green Day crowned ‘Global Icons’

Band released their 12th studio album this year

Green Day are set to be crowned ‘Global Icons’ at this year’s MTV European Music Awards.

The ‘Global Icon’ nod was first introduced at the ceremony in 2010, with Bon Jovi picking up the first award. Previous winners include Queen, Eminem, Whitney Houston and Ozzy Osbourne.

The MTV European Music Awards made the announcement via their Twitter account today (Nov 1). They also revealed that the band will be performing at the ceremony in Rotterdam on Nov 6.


Writing on their website, MTV stated that Green Day were chosen as their Global Icons this year because their “raw and exciting music resonates with all kinds of people, all over the world”.

They continued; “It’s amazing how much Green Day has done over the last two decades; they’ve sold millions of albums, put out 12 studio albums, won the EMA’s “Best Rock” award three times, got inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and now they’re Global Icons alongside rock legends like Queen, Duran Duran and Ozzy Osbourne.”

Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming / Events at Viacom International Media Networks Bruce Gillmer described Green Day as “one of the worlds’ most influential rock bands,” stating that “for over two decades, they’ve introduced new generations of fans from around the globe to their impassioned lyrics and raw musical power.”

Green Day are also set to play Nova Rock Festival, taking place from 14-17 June at Nickelsdord Pannonia Fields in Austria. They join other headliners System of a Down, Blink 182 and Linkin Park. The band will also headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July.

Green Day recently told NME that their seminal 2004 album ‘American Idiot’ will be made into a movie by HBO, while frontman Billie Joe Armstrong stars as the lead in ‘Ordinary World’ released on 14 October.