- 06 Nov 17
U2 are to play a surprise gig in London’s Trafalgar Square next weekend ahead of the MTV EMA ceremony in Wembley's SSE Arena.
It has been announced that U2 will receive the MTV Global Icon of the year award at Sunday's event.
Their outdoor event at the landmark will be free for ticket holders, and tickets will be distributed in a ticket ballot that closes at 10pm tomorrow.
Speaking of the event, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “London is one of the live music capitals of the world, with an unrivalled music heritage. It is fantastic to host the EMAs in our city for the first time in 21 years".
Rita Ora will host the annual event, which was first held in 1994 at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The ceremony will feature performances by artists such as The Killers, Stormzy and Kesha.
The main award nominations are as follows:
Clean Bandit (featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie) — "Rockabye"
DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller) — "Wild Thoughts"
Ed Sheeran — "Shape of You"
Luis Fonsi (featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber) — "Despacito (Remix)"
Shawn Mendes — "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
Foo Fighters — "Run"
Katy Perry (featuring Migos) — "Bon Appétit"
Kendrick Lamar — "Humble"
Kyle (featuring Lil Yachty) — "iSpy"
Taylor Swift — "Look What You Made Me Do"
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Best Hip Hop
Best World Stage
Kings of Leon
The Head and the Heart