The MTV European Video Music Awards, known by its acronym in English as MTV EMA, canceled its star-studded ceremony Thursday, including Puerto Rican urban music singer Ozuna, due to the war between Israel and Hamas.
The gala was scheduled for November 5 in Paris, and the participation of Manuel Turizo, Renee Rapp and Thirty Seconds to Mars among other guest artists was also expected.
“The MTV EMAs are an annual celebration of global music. As we watch the devastating events unfold in Israel and Gaza, this does not seem like a time for global celebration. “With thousands of lives already lost, it is a time of mourning.”a company spokesperson said in a statement.
The letter also notes that the decision was made “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.”
MTV said the EMAs would return in November 2024.
Taylor Swift was the big winner at last year’s EMAs in Dusseldorf, Germany, taking home four trophies, including best artist, best video and best full-length video.
Swift was once again this year’s top nominee competing for seven awards, with Olivia Rodrigo and SZA tied for second with six each.