The event, scheduled for next month, has been canceled as France remains on its highest level of security alert and the Israel-Hamas war continues.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) have canceled their ceremony scheduled for next month, citing the Israel-Hamas war.
The event was scheduled for November 5 in Paris, featuring Thirty Seconds to Mars, BTS’s Jung Kook and Renee Rapp.
“The MTV EMAs are an annual celebration of global music. As we watch the devastating events unfold in Israel and Gaza, this does not seem like a moment for global celebration. With thousands of lives lost already, this is a moment of mourning,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
The most serious escalation of the conflict in decades occurred on October 7, when Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel that killed 1,400 people and took more than 200 hostages. At least 3,700 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel began retaliatory airstrikes, according to Palestinian health officials.
The statement also said the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution for the thousands of staff, crew members, cast, fans and partners who travel from all corners of the world to bring the show to life.”
MTV said the EMAs would return in November 2024.
SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift were nominated for Best Artist.
The ceremony takes place in a different country each year, and last year was held in Düsseldorf, Germany, hosted by Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi and singer Rita Ora.
Taylor Swift was the big winner at last year’s EMAs, taking home four trophies including Best Artist, Best Video and Best Longform Video.
Swift was the top nominee again this year with seven, followed by Olivia Rodrigo and SZA with six each.
France is on its highest level of security alert after a school teacher was killed and three other people were injured in a stabbing in the northeastern city of Arras on October 13.
Eight French airports faced security alerts on Wednesday (Oct 18) and several were evacuated pending investigations, the French Civil Aviation Authority said.
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