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MTV EMAs cancelled due to security concerns amid Israel-Hamas crisis

MTV EMAs cancelled due to security concerns amid Israel-Hamas crisis
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The MTV Europe Music Awards have been cancelled due to security concerns amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

The annual MTV EMAs has been called off as a result of security concerns due to the "volatility of world events", the organisers have confirmed.

The ceremony was scheduled to take place on Sunday 5 November in Paris. Taylor Swift led nominees for the event with seven nods, including best artist, best song and best video. She was followed closely by Olivia Rodrigo and SZA with six nominations each.

"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 for Paramount, which owns MTV, said in a statement.

"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."

The organisers have confirmed that the event will return in November 2024.

France is currently on its highest state of alert after a school teacher was murdered, and three others injured, on 13 October in the northern city of Arras in a suspected Islamist attack.

On Wednesday 18 October, eight airports in France faced security alerts and multiple were evacuated, according to the DGAC aviation authority. Additionally, the Palace of Versailles was closed again due to its third security scare in five days.

Last year, the event took place in Duesseldorf, Germany and was hosted by Oscar-winner Taika Waititi and singer Rita Ora. Taylor Swift dominated, taking home four out of the six awards she was nominated for.

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