This year’s MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) will take place in London for the first time in 21 years.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made the announcement at MTV owner Viacom’s HQ yesterday (14 February) afternoon.

“The great thing about today’s announcement is, not only does it confirm that London is open, not only does it confirm that London is the entertainment capital of the world, it shows we’re open to talent, to creativity and for entertainment,” Khan said.

The EMAs, now in its 24th year, have not been held in London since 1996, when Alexandra Palace hosted the do. However, the event has been held throughout the UK over its 24-year history, including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow.

Khan was joined onstage by rapper Tinie Tempah, who promised that London would “top” last year’s ceremony in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The star-studded event will take place on 12 November at the SSE Arena in Wembley.


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