2023 MTV EMAs called off due to conflict in Israel-Gaza

2023 MTV EMAs called off due to conflict in Israel-Gaza

"This does not feel like a moment for a global celebration."

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Organisers of the 2023 MTV Europe Awards (EMAs) have decided to cancel this year's ceremony due to the current Israel-Gaza conflict

The ceremony was set to take place in Paris on November 5. 

"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. 

The annual awards ceremony will resume again in November 2024.

"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."

Despite the cancellation, fans will still be able to vote for their favourite artists in the various categories. 

South African artist, Tyler ICU, is nominated in the 'Best African Act' category. 

The 'Mnike' hitmaker is up against Burna Boy, Asake, Libianca, and Diamond Platnumz. 

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News of the cancellation comes a few days after the MTV EMAs announced the performers for the ceremony. 

David Guetta, Jungkook, Coi Leray, Sabrina Carpenter, Anne-Marie, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and Nigeria's Rema were some of the musicians expected to make appearances. 

Taylor Swift is leading this year's nominations. She is up for seven awards. 

Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, Doja Cat, Måneskin, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj also have multiple nominations.

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