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MTV cancels Europe Music Awards due to Israel-Hamas war

With France on high alert, organizers also say ceremony slated to be held in Paris next month being scrapped ‘out of an abundance of caution’

FILE - Taika Waititi, left, and Rita Ora host the European MTV Awards 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany, on November 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
FILE - Taika Waititi, left, and Rita Ora host the European MTV Awards 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany, on November 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

PARIS — The MTV Europe Music Awards on Thursday canceled its performance-packed ceremony slated for next month, citing the Israel-Hamas War.

The event had been scheduled for Paris on November 5, with David Guetta, Ozuna, Renée Rapp and Thirty Seconds to Mars among the performers.

“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,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

The statement also said 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.

France, which has large Muslim and Jewish communities, has been on high alert since the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group’s devastating attack on Israel on October 7 and the ensuing Israel-Hamas war, and the killing of a teacher on Friday in France by a man claiming to act for the Islamic State extremist group.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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