Belfast, Northern Ireland will play host to the 2011 MTV EMAs. Celebrating this yearâ€™s hottest music around the world with todayâ€™s biggest stars and stand-out musical performances, the 2011 MTV EMAs will broadcast live from Belfastâ€™s renowned Odyssey Arena in early November 2011 (date to be announced).
“Belfastâ€™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 worldâ€™s biggest nights in music. The spirit of Belfast combined with our expertise is the perfect foundation for an unforgettable event and unique night,â€ commented Antonio Campo Dallâ€™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.