The presenters of the Best Rock Video may not have known what it’s like to be rockers, but they sure met a few when they awarded [artist id=”1231235″]30 Seconds to Mars[/artist] with their win at the 2010 Video Music Awards. The California band’s video for “Kings and Queens” earned them their first Moonman of the night, beating out Florence and the Machine, MGMT, Muse and Paramore.
“Thank you. This is amazing. This award really doesn’t so much belong to us. It belongs to the most amazing family of friends and fans around the world that we could’ve have ever imagined,” frontman Jared Leto said while accepting the award.
“We’re happy to accept it on their behalf. Thank you to MTV. Thank you to our label, to our management company. We’re really proud to be here, proud to share it with all the other artists. It’s been an amazing adventure, so thank you,” they continued.
Immediately after walking offstage, the band posed for a photo with “Jackass” star Chris Pontius … who was trying to fit his penis into a mouse costume. Then, they told MTV News how it felt to win.
“I am so grateful … I truly didn’t think we would get it,” Jared Leto said, beaming. “When I heard Paramore’s name, I thought we wouldn’t get it for sure,” guitarist Tomo Milicevic added.
“Honestly,” Leto continued, “right now I feel so humble and so grateful.”
Their Bartholomew Cubbins-directed clip features a legion of bikers making their way through the streets of Los Angeles at night.
In addition to their Best Rock Video win, the group is also nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Direction and the night’s coveted Video of the Year award . The band previously snagged the MTV2 Award for their video “The Kill” in 2006.
30 Seconds to Mars arrived to this year’s ceremony like no other, riding up on bikes in a fashion similar to their “Kings and Queens” video.
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