Now that the title is theirs, check back tomorrow for an exclusive message from Tokio Hotel, thanking their fans for carrying them to victory!
After a back-and-forth battle that saw nearly 5 million votes cast, TH pulled away from defending champs Green Day late in the game, then withstood a final rally — Billie Joe Armstrong and co. weren't about to go down without a fight — to take the championship.
In doing so, they brought to close two years of tournament torment; after all, Tokio Hotel have come tantalizingly close to the championship before, losing a Final Four heartbreaker to Coheed and Cambria in 2010 and getting edged out by Paramore in the Elite 8 last year. But from the tip-off of MMM 2012, they appeared determined to finally win it all, pasting lesser foes like Arcade Fire, Muse and F---ed Up, blasting longtime rivals Coheed and Cambria in the Elite 8 and outlasting #1 Evanescence in the Final Four.
And now, much to the delight of their worldwide fanbase, they're the first international band to wear the March Madness crown.
Congratulations to them and all of their loyal Aliens — they took on all challengers and now reign supreme. The MMM trophy is being engraved as you read this, and we'll even pay to ship it all the way to Germany.
To wrap up a truly epic tournament, we've put together a traditional "One Shining Moment" montage, one that captures all the highs and lows of a wild three weeks. We had upsets, blowouts and more than a few accusations of cheating, but that's what makes this tourney so great.
Check out the results from this year's tournament in the MTV Musical March Madness interactive bracket!
Thanks to all the bands that made this year's Musical March Madness such a rousing ride — from returning favorites like Green Day, My Chemical Romance and 30 Seconds to Mars to newcomers Evanescence, Mumford & Sons and F---ed Up — and a huge round of applause to all of you who voted. You shattered records and amazed us with your dedication.
Enjoy the title, Tokio Hotel: It's much deserved. And get ready, because the 2013 Musical March Madness tournament tips off in less than 12 months, and we're all waiting to see if you'll be the first band to repeat as champs. No pressure or anything.