MTV cancel their EMA awards over security fears

MTV cancel their EMA awards over security fears and ‘the state of the world’ amid Israel-Hamas war

The MTV Europe Music Awards have been cancelled due to security fears and ‘the state of the world’ amid the war between Israel and Hamas. 

The 30th annual music event is one of the industry’s biggest awards ceremonies and was due to be held in Paris at the Paris Nord Villepinte on November 5. 

But a source told the Mail: ‘It’s with a heavy heart that it is being called off due to safety concerns and the ongoing conflict.’ 

The annual starfest features dazzling performances from the industry’s biggest artists, with the proceedings broadcast live on MTV in over 150 countries. 

Had this year’s event gone ahead, it would have been the first time the EMAs had been held in the French capital for 28 years. 

The last time Paris hosted the awards, French president Emmanuel Macron was just 17 years old, while designer Jean-Paul Gaultier acted as host.

Last year’s ceremony took place at the PSD Bank Dome in Duesseldorf, Germany, with pop star Rita Ora and her film director husband Taika Waititi stepping into the hosting role.

Taylor Swift led the winners as she took home four awards from an incredible six nominations.

The singer, 32, took home the Best Video and Best Longform Video award for her 10-minute version of All Too Well (Taylor’s Version), beating top global stars including Foo Fighters and Stormzy.

While Bebe Rexha, David Guetta and Harry Styles also won big at the star-studded ceremony.

Host Rita Ora took to the stage to perform at the event, as did the likes of Bebe Rexha, Gorillaz and David Guetta.

Other acts joining a night of incredible performances included Ava Max and Muse, as well as Scottish sensation Lewis Capaldi, who made his EMAs debut.

The performances didn’t end there, as Stormzy, GAYLE, OneRepublic, Kalush Orchestra, SPINALL, Äyanna and Nasty C also appeared.

Meanwhile, the annual music ceremony headed to Budapest in 2021.

Since its inaugural show in 1994 in Berlin, the MTV EMAs have moved across 23 European cities, with London the only one to have hosted three times.

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