Israel-Hamas conflict: MTV European Music Awards cancelled as fighting continues

Organisers of the MTV European Music Awards have announced they have cancelled the scheduled show on November 5 due to "devastating events in Israel and Gaza." 

Paramount told the BBC they had decided "not to move forward" out of an "abundance of caution" and due to the "volatility of world events." 

BTS's Jung Kook and former Little Mix artist Leigh-Anne were due to perform at the ceremony, with the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat and Miley Cyrus nominated for best artist. 

As "events in Israel and Gaza continue to unfold, this does not feel like a moment for a global celebration," the organisers said. 

"With thousands of lives already lost, it is a moment of mourning. 

"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 show will be rescheduled for November 2024. 

The 2022 event was hosted by New Zealand director Taika Waititi and his wife, pop star Rita Ora.