MTV EMAs cancelled as celebrities drop out in response to Israel-Gaza conflict
Video recorded by the Channel 12 News CCTV shows rockets landing on a Gaza hospital
The unforgettable MTV EMAs has been canceled for 2023 with the “volatility of world events” cited as the cause.
The global music event, which was due to take place on November 5, at the Paris Nord Villepinte, will no longer go ahead, much to fans’ disappointment.
In previous years, the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) has welcomed some of the world’s biggest stars including the likes of Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez and Beyonce.
To mark its 29th anniversary, Anne-Marie, K-Pop star Jung Kook and David Guetta were all set to take to the stage, after the success of the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
However, in light of recent events in the Middle East, Paramount Global has decided to axe the show this time around.
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In a statement, a Paramount spokesperson said: “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.
“The MTV EMAs are an annual celebration of global music.
“As we watch the devastating 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.
“We look forward to hosting the MTV EMAs again in November of 2024.”
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A source also told The Sun: “It came as a huge shock to everyone, the decision was beyond last minute but as it got closer and closer to show day it became clear more and more celebs just wouldn’t be turning up. Everyone is gutted.”
It has been reported that US-based celebrities were refusing to attend the glitzy annual event while the war with Israel and Palestine continued.
This is the first time the star-studded awards ceremony, which has been running since 1994, has been canceled with the event even going ahead doing the coronavirus pandemic with pre-recorded performances around the world.
Nominations for this year’s awards had only been revealed to the public a couple of weeks ago.
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Singer Taylor Swift was dominating her peers with a whopping seven nominations due to her tune Anti-Hero.
Her other nominations included for Best Artist, Best Video and Best Song.
Meanwhile Olivia Rodrigo and SZA both had six nominations, whereas Doja Cat, Måneskin, Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj all had four.
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