Mtv honored the multi-platinum, 22-time grammy award-winning recording artist u2 with the global icon award at the 2017 mtv ema! releasing 13 studio albums to date, u2 is acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world! former recipients of the global icon award have included ozzy osbourne, eminem, whitney houston, queen and bon jovi. the band marked the occasion live on stage during the ema in london's landmark trafalgar square in the heart of the city with a performance of their new song "Get Out Of Your Own Way" that we'll be talking about for ages. As part of his acceptance speech, Bassist Adam Clayton dedicated the award to Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who is responsible for signing the band 40 years ago. Bono immediately followed this with belting a verse from Stomzy's "Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 2".