Duran Duran 'proud' to receive new MTV Video Visionary Award


New Romantic icons Duran Duran will receive the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award.

The trophy will be handed out at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) to be held in Milan, Italy, on Sunday October 25. 

The chart-topping 1980s band will be given the honour for their strong visual presence, and for influencing a generation of musicians with some of the best pioneering music videos of all time.

Duran Duran, originally comprising Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor, released a statement about their accolade.

''It is no coincidence that our rise was paralleled by the growth and ultimate world domination of MTV. The birth of music videos as a way to simultaneously bring our music to a global audience revolutionised the business," the band said.

The statement continued: ''We have worked with some of the most talented directors in the world - without whom we would not be honoured here today. We are really proud to be the recipients of this new award. Thank you, MTV.''

Meanwhile, a good deal of anticipation surrounds Justin Bieber's forthcoming performance because he broke down in tears at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in August.

The Canadian pop star explained why he had been so overwhelmed on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show: "I just wasn't expecting them to support me in the way they did. Last time I was at an awards show, I was booed."

After confirming his appearance at the EMAs, Bieber said: "I'm excited to share this performance and this new material with my fans around the world. The EMAs are always a blast. I'm glad to be back and it's going to be fun".

The star is due to release his new album Purpose on November 13, the same date as One Direction's much-anticipated fifth studio album, Made In The AM.

Singer Ed Sheeran and model Ruby Rose will host the EMAs, which promises an intriguing battle between Taylor Swift, who has nine nominations, and Bieber who has scored six nods.

Here is the full list of nominees for this year's EMAs:

:: Best song

Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do

Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring Mo, Lean On

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk!

Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood

Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, See You Again

:: Best pop

5 Seconds of Summer

Ariana Grande

Justin Bieber

One Direction

Taylor Swift

:: Best female

Ellie Goulding

Miley Cyrus

Nicki Minaj


Taylor Swift

:: Best male

Ed Sheeran

Jason Derulo

Justin Bieber

Kanye West

Pharrell Williams

:: Best live act

Ed Sheeran

Foo Fighters

Katy Perry

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

Taylor Swift

:: Best new act


James Bay

Jess Glynne

Shawn Mendes

Tori Kelly

:: Best video

Kendrick Lamar, Alright

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Downtown

Pharrell Williams, Freedom

Sia, Elastic Heart

Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood

:: Best rock



Foo Fighters


Royal Blood

:: Best alternative

Fall Out Boy

Florence + the Machine

Lana Del Rey


Twenty One Pilots

:: Best hip hop


Kanye West

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

Wiz Khalifa

:: Best electronic


Calvin Harris

David Guetta

Major Lazer

Martin Garrix

:: Best push


James Bay

Jess Glynne


Natalie La Rose

Royal Blood


Shawn Mendes

Tori Kelly

Years & Years

Zara Larsson

:: Best collaboration

David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, Hey Mama

Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo, Where Are You Now?

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk!

Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar, Bad Blood

Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth, See You Again

:: Biggest fans

5 Seconds Of Summer

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

One Direction

Taylor Swift

:: Best look

Justin Bieber

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nicki Minaj

Rita Ora

Taylor Swift

:: Worldwide act: North America

Taylor Swift

Justin Bieber

:: Best world stage

Afrojack Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland UK 2014

Alicia Keys O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland UK 2014

B.O.B. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2014

Biffy Clyro O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland UK 2014

Charli XCX Circus, Helsinki, Finland 2014

Dizzee Rascal Isle of MTV, Malta 2014

Ed Sheeran V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

Iggy Azalea Wireless Festival, London, UK 2014

Jason Derulo Isle of MTV, Malta 2015

Jessie Ware Cork, Ireland 2014

Kaiser Chiefs MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2014

Slash O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland UK 2014

Tomorrowland Belgium & Brazil 2015

YG MTV Evolution, Manila, Philippines 2015

:: The 2015 MTV EMAs will take place at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan on Sunday October 25.