One Direction named as best UK-Ireland act ahead of European MTV Awards

One Direction performing at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) have already named One Direction as the best UK/Ireland act for the year, according to the BBC. The band received the most votes from fans and beat out competitors Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, and Jessie J.

One Direction member Louis Tomlinson said, “We’re so happy and incredibly honoured to have won this. Once again our amazing fans have done us proud- thanks so much as always to you all!”

That’s not all the boys have to be proud of. Last week they achieved the fastest-selling track by a non-US artist ever on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The boys will now compete against other acts to be named the best in the region. To represent Europe, One Direction will compete against twenty one European acts representing an area from Spain to the Ukraine. Fans have until October 30 to vote for their favorite regional act. Fans can visit to vote for their favorite act.

The representative for Europe will be announced on Tuesday, October 30. MTV will also announce the winners for North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Africa/India/Middle East. The resulting winners will then compete against one another for the title of “Worldwide Act.” Online voting for the winner closes on November 9.

The grand winner will be announced at the 19th annual show held this year at the historic Festhalle in Frankfurt on November 11. Supermodel Heidi Klum will host. Show acts include Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fun, and Rita Ora, with more acts and presenters to be announced upon confirmation. The show will be broadcast live at 9pm on MTV.

Rihanna and Taylor Swift received the most nominations with six and five respectively. The singers will compete against one another in the best female, best pop, and best look categories. Justin Bieber and Katy Perry each have four nominations. One Direction is nominated for two awards, one of which is biggest fans.

Last year the MTV EMA awards were held in Belfast and Lady Gaga won four awards.