30 Seconds To Mars Say EMA Give Fans Chance To ‘Unite’

'It inspired the community to work together,' Jared Leto says of Sunday's awards show.

MADRID — [artist id="1231235"]30 Seconds to Mars[/artist] arrived in Spain late Friday night with an army of video editors in tow (to finish their much-anticipated “Hurricane” video ) and with their egos firmly in check.

Because despite the fact that, a) they’re nominated for three awards at the 2010 Europe Music Awards (Best Rock, Video of the Year and Best World Stage Performance), b) they already won the award for Best Rock Video at the VMAs in September, c) they’re performing during the show at Madrid’s iconic Puerta de Alcala and d) they’ve actively been campaigning their Echelon fans to vote them to victory, 30 STM aren’t sure what to expect at the EMAs on Sunday. And, actually, winning is pretty low on their list.

“We’re just happy to be here,” Jared Leto laughed.

We suspect Leto was just being modest, because thanks to the power of the Echelon — their worldwide fan community — 30 Seconds to Mars have got to be the favorites in at least one EMA category. MTV News’ EMA correspondent Gabe Saporta pressed them on the issue: Surely, they’re expecting to win something, right?

Of course, being the unflappable pros they are, Leto and co. didn’t take the bait. To them, it truly is an honor just to be nominated. Of course, they wouldn’t mind winning.

“One of the great things about being nominated is that it does give the Echelon around the world a chance to gather together and unite for a common cause, and it’s really a lot about fun and having a good-spirited time,” Leto said. “And winning is great, because it gives us a chance to say ‘Thank you’ to the people that have supported and believed in us, but the greatest thing is the way that it inspired the community and everybody to work together.”

The 2010 EMAs will air on MTV2 on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and an edited, performance-heavy version will be broadcast Friday, November 12, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.