Belfast, Northern Ireland will play host to the 2011 MTV EMAs. Celebrating this year’s hottest music around the world with today’s biggest stars and stand-out musical performances, the 2011 MTV EMAs will broadcast live from Belfast’s renowned Odyssey Arena in early November 2011 (date to be announced).
“Belfast’s vibrant nightlife and compelling music scene, known for fostering emerging artists and turning out international chart toppers, provides the perfect backdrop for one of the world’s biggest nights in music. The spirit of Belfast combined with our expertise is the perfect foundation for an unforgettable event and unique night,” commented Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, Executive Vice President of Music Brands, VIMN.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery, said: “It is fitting that the EMAs are coming to Belfast – one of Europe’s most exciting and vibrant cities and with around 35 per cent of our population below the age of 25. Belfast has a rich musical history and has produced artists such as Snow Patrol and the legendary Van Morrison and we now have an unprecedented opportunity to shine a spotlight on our musical heritage while also providing a major boost to our economy. I am delighted that MTV has chosen Belfast. The decision to host such a world class event in our city is an endorsement of what we have been saying for some time now – Belfast is a happening place.”
MTV also announced plans to host a series of local events around Belfast leading up to the live telecast.
Since its inception in 1994, the MTV EMAs have established a reputation as one of the most sensational music award shows in the world. Ground-breaking multi-platform viewing options combined with dazzling performances from A-list stars makes for an electrifying atmosphere where anything can happen. Past performers have included global superstars U2, Coldplay, Green Day, Rihanna, Beyonce, Shakira, Jay-Z, Madonna, Prince, Bon Jovi, Take That and many, many more.