They’ve sold 300 million albums, had sixteen number one albums and more than 40 years after they first formed, Queen’s influence has never been stronger in pop music.
Tonight, the MTV EMA honoured long time legends Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon’s illustrious career with the Global Icon award.
Katy Perry, who took to the stage with shocking pink hair and studded pink jacket to give the prestigious award, spoke about what a massive influence Freddie Mercury and Queen have had on her own pop career.
“When I was growing up there was no MTV in my house… But then one day, a friend of mine played me Queen – it opened my eyes, unlocked my heart, blew my mind.
"I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I knew who I was. I am only standing here because of the brilliance, and drama of Queen.”
But while the '2011 MTV EMA' served up their fair share of gasp-worthy moments, the real surprise was saved for the end of the show – when the rock legends took to the stage with none other than Adam Lambert!
Triumphantly closing the ceremony by plundering their huge repertoire of greatest hits, Brian, Roger and Adam effortlessly served up a flamboyant musical medley including 'The Show Must Go On', 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions' that would’ve made Freddie proud…
Make sure you tune in to MTV Australia and MTV New Zealand today from 3pm to watch all the action go down!
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