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maNga had already been very successful, winning the Best European Act award at the MTV Music Awards 2009. So, now it was time they'd try to win the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest. And close they were, placing second!
Who are they?
maNga's story began when Yağmur Sarıgül "Yamyam" (Guitar) separated his ways with the cover band he played with at local bars. His plan for his new band was to combine rock music and electronic music bringing hard guitar riffs and rap vocals together. The band began playing "nu metal" and "hard rock" songs. As a result the band was named maNga after the traditional Japanese cartoon art, bringing five different characters, five different music styles and five different world views together.
From 2001 onwards, the band released several highly successful albums which all became top sellers in their native country of Turkey.
maNga won the Best European Act award at the MTV European Music Awards in November 2009. That was not the only award the band won in 2009 though, maNga has taken numerous other awards as well, including for the best video, the best band, the best song, the best album and the best performance.!