via press release:
NEW YORK, NY – April 4, 2012 – With over 40 million votes cast, the fans have spoken and crowned Tokio Hotel as the winner of MTV News’ third-annual Musical March Madness Tournament. In the spirit of the NCAA tournament, Musical March Madness spanned three weeks of intense competition where the initial 64 were whittled down to the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four and ultimately the final championship between last year’s defending champions, Green Day, and Tokio Hotel.
The championship round saw nearly 5 million votes cast, where Tokio Hotel’s “Aliens” finally pulled through to deliver their band the gold trophy (yes, there’s an actual trophy). The band had previously made it to the 2011 Elite 8, getting edged out by Paramore, and lost a heartbreaker in the 2010 Final Four to Coheed and Cambria.
Last year, the 2011 Musical March Madness Tournament saw over 4 million votes.
To wrap up a truly epic tournament, MTV News put together a traditional “One Shining Moment” montage, one that captures all the highs and lows of a wild three weeks. We had upsets, blowouts and more than a few accusations of cheating, but that’s what makes this tourney so great.