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MTV awards Belfast: The day the music thrived in a city in perfect harmony

A decade ago, Belfast played host to icons young and old when the MTV EMAs rolled into town. Maureen Coleman looks back at the day that cemented Belfast’s place on the music map

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Lady GaGa. Credit: Gareth Cattermole

Lady GaGa. Credit: Gareth Cattermole

Extravaganza: Selena Gomez performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Credit: Ian West

Extravaganza: Selena Gomez performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Credit: Ian West

Chris Martin of Coldplay wows the Belfast fans with his performance. Credit: Ian West

Chris Martin of Coldplay wows the Belfast fans with his performance. Credit: Ian West

Show: Justin Bieber performs in the Odyssey in 2011. Credit: Ian West

Show: Justin Bieber performs in the Odyssey in 2011. Credit: Ian West

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Lady GaGa. Credit: Gareth Cattermole

It was the night Belfast became Planet Pop and 1.2 billion viewers worldwide tuned in for the party.

Exactly 10 years ago today, the city was the setting for the MTV EMAs — one of the smallest to host the huge star-studded awards bash but with the biggest heart.


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