MTV have announced that Rita Ora will host and perform at the 24th annual MTV EMA (Europe Music Awards) to be held in London on 12 November 2017.
“I’m so excited to be hosting this year’s MTV EMAs in my hometown,” said Ora. “I still remember how much fun my first EMAs was in Frankfurt in 2012, when I performed ‘RIP.’ I can’t wait to get back on the stage to host and perform. Worlds will collide on this global stage come Nov. 12, so get ready.”
“It’s huge, to have it at Wembley, such an iconic venue with so much history, it is going to be a great night.”
The 26-year-old Kosovo-born Ora is currently promoting her single “Your Song” and Avicii’s “Lonely Together” featuring Ora. Also, she is preparing her new single release in October.
“I love to talk,” Ora said, adding there may be “a lot of inappropriate jokes.” She also expresses that “there are a lot of people who have done so many legendary things [on the EMAs stage], performing and also hosting.”
The awards show will air live across MTV’s TV, social and digital platforms.
The 26-year-old Kosovo-born Ora is a former coach on The Voice UK and The X Factor and has been the main judge and host of America’s Next Top Model this year. She told THR that this experience will help her with her hosting duties. Ora also said she hopes that the show is “just going to really put another mark in the history books.”
“Rita is a multi-talented star who’s been an MTV core artist for over half of a decade,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “She’s the perfect hometown hero to lead the 2017 MTV EMAs, which promises to be the year’s ultimate global music celebration.”
Rita Ora believes that after so many terror attacks in London this year, it is time to bring some entertainment and relief for people. “We just really want to focus on what the show is about, which is MTV Europe Music Awards,” she said. “We plan to bring a form of spirit and hope into a music awards show, especially being in London. There are a lot of things that have happened this year, and it’s really important to just be proud of where you are from.”