The MTV Europe Music Awards, scheduled to take place on November 5 in Paris, have been canceled due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The decision was made in consideration of the volatile global situation and out of caution for the safety of staff, crew, artists, fans, and partners involved in the event.
In a statement, MTV expressed that the awards ceremony, which typically celebrates global music, doesn’t feel appropriate during a period of mourning amid the devastating events in Israel and Gaza. While voting continues, the winning artists will still receive their MTV EMA Awards. The network has indicated plans to host the MTV EMAs again in November 2024.
Despite the cancellation, fans can continue to vote for their favorite artists on the MTV EMA website until October 31 at 11:59 p.m. CET. Taylor Swift leads the nominations with seven, followed by Olivia Rodrigo and SZA, each receiving six nominations. Notably, the awards introduced a new category for best Afrobeats, with artists like Burna Boy and Davido among the contenders. Additionally, 26 artists received their first-ever nominations, including BTS‘ Jung Kook, who earned three solo nods.