Bon Jovi Gives Rock A Good Name

Bon Jovi might be made up of a bunch of New Jersey boys but the rock band’s fame and appeal goes far beyond the Garden State. The MTV Europe Music Awards is recognizing the group’s achievements with the network’s first Global Icon award.

Bruce Gillmer, executive vice president of music and talent at MTV Networks International, called Bon Jovi “one of the most beloved and influential rock bands of all time,” according to Reuters.

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Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.

The band will receive the Global Icon award at the Nov. 7 award show in Madrid, Spain. Jon Bon Jovi and the gang will also perform at the event.

“Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria is hosting the 2010 Europe Music Awards. To promote the show, the actress put on a hoodie and revealing swimsuit to film a promo showing off her rapping skills in both English and Spanish.

Justin Bieber is on board as the award show’s digital host.

“I’m so excited to have all my fans come watch the show with me online; it will be like one giant, global viewing party at my house!” Beiber said.

Performers include Shakira, Linkin Park, Kings Of Leon, Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

Voting is open to fans online now through Nov. 4.

Bon Jovi is competing for best live act along with Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park and Muse.

Perry is up for best pop act along with Usher, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.

Best new act nominees include B.o.B., Jason Derulo, Bieber, Ke$ha and Plan B.

For a full list of nominees and to vote for your favorite acts, click here for the MTV Europe Music Awards website.