Why the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) 2023 was cancelled
News reports have now confirmed that the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) ceremony, which was scheduled for November 2023, has been cancelled.
Following the recent threats of violence in Europe, which, according to reports, include the stabbing of a teacher in France by her student and the killing of two football fans in Sweden, a sequence of events triggered by the current Israel and Gaza situation, the organisers of the MTV Europe Music Awards has confirmed that its 2023 event would be cancelled for safety reasons.
This announcement was confirmed by the Daily Mail UK in a statement that read, "The terror threat in France is currently at the highest level after a teacher was murdered by a 20-year-old Chechen refugee, while police also foiled a similar attack on another school. Yesterday, six airports across France were evacuated following threats of attacks, while on Monday two men were shot dead in Brussels by a gunman claiming to be a supporter of ISIS."
A Paramount Global spokesman stated, '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.'
It has been confirmed that the artists who had received award nominations would still be awarded regardless.
Voting is continuing and the winning artists will receive their MTV EMA Awards.— MTV EMA (@mtvema) October 19, 2023
We look forward to hosting the MTV EMAs again in November of 2024.