Irish rock band U2 are the official recipients of this year's Global Icon award at the 2017 MTV EMAs, and to mark the occasion they're going to perform in a historic London setting.

It's now confirmed they will be doing a special live EMAs performance to a 7,000-strong crowd in London's landmark Trafalgar Square on Saturday evening (11 November).

Fronted by Bono, the multi-platinum, 22-time Grammy Award-winning band will be honoured for their 'contributions to music, pop culture and social issues around the world', says Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom.

He adds: "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we're thrilled to announce that they are this year's Global Icon."

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has welcomed the MTV Presents Trafalgar Square event. He 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. What better way to showcase this than one of the world's greatest rock bands performing to Londoners from all backgrounds, for free, in the heart of our great city?"

Former recipients of the Global Icon Award include Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem, Whitney Houston, Queen and Bon Jovi.

Part of U2's performance will be broadcast on MTV channels worldwide during the live show from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Sunday, 12 November at 8:00pm GMT*.

The 2017 MTV EMAs is one of the biggest global music events of the year that celebrates the hottest artists from around the world - and this year's host is global pop superstar Rita Ora.

The full list of the 2017 MTV EMA nominees can be found here -- voting is open until 11 November at 10:59pm GMT / 11:59pm CET.

Stewart Perrie

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