EXO Wins MTV EMAs Best Korea Act, Battles Justin Bieber and One Direction Fans for Worldwide Act

Cal Ng, Billboard Korea


Fans of the 12-member boy band battle Beliebers, Directioners and more to snag the MTV European Music Award for EXO.

Quickly-rising K-pop boy band EXO are nominated alongside fellow pop darlings like Justin Bieber, One Direction, Cody Simpson and more in the 2013 MTV European Music Awards' worldwide act. 

This year, a total of 186 artists from 51 countries were nominated in initial country-specific voting contests. EXO won the EMAs' Best Korea Act award, beating out fellow boy bands B.A.P, Boyfriend, U-Kiss and girl group SISTAR.

Now, EXO will represent Korea as one of the 10 finalists in the EMAs' Worldwide Act award, decided on completely by fan voting. EXO supporters compete against Justin Bieber (representing Canada), One Direction (UK and Ireland), Cody Simpson (Australia), Lena (Germany), among others. See the full nominee list here.

Should EXO pull out the win, it would make them the second Korean act to win the EMA. In 2011, BIGBANG won the worldwide act, beating out the likes of Britney Spears and Lena.

Get to Know EXO With Fun Superlatives

After debuting in early 2012, EXO has been on a fast ride to the higher echelons of K-pop rankings. After "Wolf" became their first Top 40 K-Pop Hot 100 hit this summer, latest single "Growl" (below) smashed the chart, peaking at No. 3 and spending eight weeks in the Top 10.

The 2013 MTV EMAs will be held at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome on Nov. 10. Fans can vote here.