Green Day, also known as the biggest punk rock band on earth, received the Global Icon Award at the 2016 MTV EMAs on Nov. 6, and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong took the chance to say a few choice words about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here’s what went down!
Green Day has always been politically outspoken, and as the band accepted the Global Icon Award at the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Billie Joe Armstrong, 44, made a potent statement.
“It’s really nice to be in Europe right now, and especially nice to be in Holland. It’s nice to be out of America because of this horrendous election that’s going on right now,” Billie said. “It has our entire country — we’re about to have one big collective heart attack,” he added.
“We’ve been coming here since we were just a little bit older than you guys,” he told the young crowd. “In good health, we are here and we’re very grateful for an amazing career that spans — it’s the same high school band that we’ve been in for 30 years. Stay sexy, my friends.”
The band then closed out the awards show with one of their biggest hits of all time, “American Idiot”. Perfection!
“Green Day is without question, one of the worlds’ most influential rock bands. For over two decades, they’ve introduced new generations of fans from around the globe to their impassioned lyrics and raw musical power,” said Bruce Gillmer, EVP of Talent and Music Programming/Events at Viacom in an official statement. “Green Day’s raw and exciting music resonates with all kinds of people, all over the world.” Agreed!
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