The decision was made out of respect for the thousands of lives already lost in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Plus, there was a need to prioritize the safety of the numerous individuals involved, including employees, crew members, artists, fans, and partners who would have traveled from different parts of the world to make the event possible.
A statement to Sky from a Paramount spokesperson confirms, “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.”
France, the intended host of the event, has its share of security concerns. A high school teacher’s stabbing and several bomb threats across the country’s airports put the nation on high alert, influencing decisions regarding events like the MTV EMAs.
Although the 2023 MTV EMAs won’t take place this year as scheduled, voting is continued and the winning artists will receive their awards. We eagerly await its return in 2024 at the Paris Nord Villepinte in France with the hope for a more secure atmosphere.
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