X JAPAN are actually the first Japanese, or Asian band for that fact, to win the award. The other nominees were Rammstein (Germany), Lacuna Coil (Italy) and Sepultura (Brazil). During the awards ceremony Yoshiki had this to say to the fans:
“Thank you. Thank you for acknowledging us.” He continued, “Right now, we are finishing up our first worldwide debut album. We are planning on doing another world tour. And also to our beloved fans, thank you so much for your support. We are going to keep on rocking. We love you!"