You know, countries like England, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, those sort of places. And not countries outside of Europe. Countries like America. America isn't in Europe, but it's still wiping the floor with the Europeans in the nominations for this year's MTV Europe Music Awards.
Maybe we’re being picky or whatnot, but look at the nominees for Best Band – of the five potential winners, the only European act is the relatively unknown Tokio Hotel. It seems to suggest that not a lot of thought went into the categories. We only say this because the rest of the nominated bands are Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park. All American we see. Er… what about Muse? They count as European and are a band aren’t they? OK, admittedly the 'Best' part is a bit of a stretch, plus they haven't had an album out this year, but come on.
Hell, even the host is bloody American. Snoop Dogg is presenting the bash and will probably speak in his own stupid 'shizzle' dialect that only the boys from the hood will understand, and probably not the hood of Finland or Norway, either, even though they're the people he'll be addressing. Just to prove how wank the MTV Europe Music Awards are, the New Sounds Of Europe category contains acts exclusively from the UK – The Fratellis, Jamie T, Kate Nash, Calvin Harris, The Enemy, Mark Ronson, James Morrisson, Biffy Clyro, The View and Klaxons. Why someone like Bjork is ignored is a bit beyond us. Yes she might be crackers and liable attack you in an airport, but her style is unique from album to album and doesn’t just take other people's songs and remake them – *cough* Mark Ronson *cough*.
And before any smart arses try and catch us out, we are aware that Bjork has been on the go for ages, but that hasn't stopped Biffy Clyro from getting nominated. Let’s just hope Justice beat Jesus-dressing Kanye West in the Best Video category again so he can throw a big strop and cry like a girl. It’ll really be the highlight of the ceremony.
To see the complete list of 'European' nominees fighting it out for a statue made out of toilet rolls and tinfoil, visit the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 Wikipedia page.