MADRID — The [artist id=”1233888″]Kings Of Leon[/artist] rode Southern swagger (and some seriously tight trousers) to success in Europe long before fans in the States were singing along to anthems like “Use Somebody.” So you’d think they’d be plenty confident heading in to Sunday night’s (November 7) [url id=”http://www.mtv.com/shows/ema/series.jhtml”]2010 MTV Europe Music Awards[/url], where they’re performing and are up for two awards: Best Live Act and Best Song.
But, you’d be wrong. See, in both categories, the Kings find themselves up against juggernauts like Lady Gaga, Muse, Linkin Park and, uh, Ozzy Osbourne, which means that, honestly, they’re pretty much expecting to go home empty-handed.
“I think our chances are slim to more than slim,” KOL frontman Caleb Followill laughed.
“And slim just left,” drummer (and brother) Nathan added. “So we’re not going to win at all.”
“I think Muse and Lady Gaga will beat us,” bassist (and other brother) Jared smiled. “Actually, they told us that.”
See, it’s true: All famous people do talk to each other. And if you’re thinking that the Followills are just displaying the same modesty that fellow EMA nominees 30 Seconds To Mars demonstrated when MTV News asked them about their chances of taking home an award, well, you’d be right, to some degree. A moment later, Caleb Followill — showcasing the swagger that made KOL international sensations and which they showed off during a Saturday rehearsal of their hit “Radioactive” — looked at his brothers, cracked a wry smile and let his true feelings be known.
“We usually hold out for the Grammys,” he smirked. “Nah, I’m just playing.”
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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.