MTV Awards 2023 have been canceled over ongoing devastating events in Israel and Gaza.
According to the media reports, the Organizers Paramount said that this was out of an abundance of caution. The statement said, “Given the volatility of world events, we have decided not to move forward.”
The MTV Europe Music Awards 2023 were set to take place on November 5th in Paris, featuring performances from BTS’s Jung Kook and former Little Mix star Leigh-Anne. Best Artist nominees included Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj.
The MTV EMAs are an annual celebration of worldwide music, but as events in Israel and Gaza continue, now does not feel like a time for a global celebration, according to Paramount. “With thousands of lives already lost, it is a moment of mourning,” the company said in a statement. “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 most catastrophic escalation in the conflict in decades occurred on October 7, when Hamas launched an enormous offensive on Israel, killing 1,400 people and kidnapping another 200. According to Palestinian health officials, at least 3,700 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Israel initiated retaliatory air attacks. The performance has been delayed until November 2024, according to Paramount.