Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Nicki Minaj emerged as major winners at the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards. The originally scheduled in-person awards show in Paris on November 5th was canceled due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
Taylor Swift led the pack with three awards, which included best video for her 2022 song “Anti-Hero,” best live performance, and the title of best artist. She was also nominated for best pop act, a category that Billie Eilish won, and best song for “Anti-Hero.”
Meanwhile, at 40 years old, Nicki Minaj secured the title for best hip hop artist and made history as the first female rapper to win the coveted best U.S. act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” rapper was also nominated for best artist.
Additional notable winners included Lana Del Rey for best alternative, Chris Brown for best R&B, Anitta for best Latin artist, Rema for best afrobeats, Måneskin for best rock, Jung Kook for best K-pop, and David Guetta for best electronic artist.
The Best Collaboration award went to KAROL G and Shakira for their song “TQG,” while Jung Kook was also honored with the Best Song award for his track “Seven,” featuring Latto.
In addition to the mentioned artists, Shania Twain was recognized as the best Canadian act, and Kylie Minogue was honored as the best Australian act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
On October 19, MTV made an official announcement via X (formerly known as Twitter) stating, “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.” This decision was prompted by concerns for the safety and well-being of everyone involved, given the uncertain global circumstances.
The statement further explained the rationale behind canceling the MTV EMAs, emphasizing the show’s usual purpose as an annual global music celebration. In light of the ongoing and tragic events in Israel and Gaza, the organizers expressed that it was not an appropriate time for a global celebration. Given the significant loss of lives in the region, the statement emphasized that this was a moment for mourning and reflection rather than a festive occasion.