If anyone thought that 30 Seconds to Mars ’ partial re-creation of their VMA-winning video, “Kings and Queens,” when they entered the big show’s white carpet would prove to be the most dangerous part of the band’s appearance on Sunday night, they were wrong.
When MTV News caught up with the band as they hit the white carpet, frontman Jared Leto explained that they had not only braved L.A. traffic for their entrance, they also endured an explosion of sorts. “We were in the middle of a glitter bomb. The entrance was fun and chaotic and crazy.”
Their video, which was also nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Direction and the night’s coveted Video of the Year award, features a legion of bikers making their way through the streets of Los Angeles at night. It was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins.
“I am so grateful … I truly didn’t think we would get it,” Jared Leto said about 30STM’s Best Rock Video win. “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.”
Earlier in the night, Leto and his bandmates graciously accepted their award. “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,” Jared Leto said.
“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,” he continued.
The Moonmen have all been handed out and the stars have gone home, but there’s plenty of 2010 MTV Video Music Awards news, interviews, behind-the-scenes scoop, party reports and more still to come, so keep it locked on MTVNews.com.