austin-mahone-ariana-grande-MTV-EMA-rising-star.jpgIt was neck-and-neck all week — Austin Mahone and Ariana Grande were facing off for Artist on the Rise for the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards and nearly every other hour, the lead changed. As of earlier today, Grande had about a 1000-vote lead on Mahone.

But Mahone’s fans pulled it out for the 17-year-old YouTube sensation from Texas. Upon learning of his win, live from the MTV stage in New York City, Austin had this to say to his fans:

Thank you, thank you. I just want to say to all my fans thank you for voting for me. I wouldn’t have won this award with you. I love you guys and appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.

This comes on the heels of Austin’s win for Artist to Watch at the MTV VMAs back in August. Looks like we’ve found the heir to the Bieber throne, huh?

Mahone then took to the stage to perform his latest sing, “Banga! Banga!,” which Mahone sees as a more grown-up song, since he is turning 18 in April. We’ll post video of his performance just as soon as we have it.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."