In Summary

  • The MTV Europe Music Awards have been cancelled over “devastating events in Israel and Gaza
  • Paramount said its show will now be rescheduled for November 2024.
  • Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Bad Bunny and the Foo Fighters were among nominees

Next month’s MTV Europe Music Awards in Paris have been cancelled, organisers said on Thursday, citing “the volatility of world events” amid the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza.

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The awards ceremony, scheduled to be broadcast live and at which the likes of Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Bad Bunny and the Foo Fighters were among nominees, was due to be held on Nov. 5 at Paris Nord Villepinte.

“Given the volatility of world events, we have decided not to move forward with the 2023 MTV EMAs out of an abundance of caution for the thousands of employees, crew members, artists, fans, and partners who travel from all corners of the world to bring the show to life,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

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MTV Europe Music Awards

The annual MTV Europe Music Awards are held in a different city each year. Last year’s event was in Duesseldorf in western Germany.

Paramount describes the MTV EMAs as “an annual celebration of global music”, but said as “events in Israel and Gaza continue to unfold, this does not feel like a moment for a global celebration”.

“With thousands of lives already lost, it is a moment of mourning.

attack on Israel killing 1,400 people and taking more than 200 hostages.

Taylor Swift was the big winner at the 2022 awards – and is also nominated for several gongs this year (Photo Courtesy)

 

At least 3,700 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched retaliatory air strikes, Palestinian health officials say.

Paramount said its show will now be rescheduled for November 2024.

The EMAs have been running since 1994, when it was first hosted in Berlin, Germa

 

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